28 B-24’s took off at 0759 to 0836 hours to bomb Rosenheim M/Y. 1 returned early. 20 dropped 48 tons of 500 lb (.1 and .01 – .025) RDX bombs on target at 1238 hours from 21,000 to 22,600 feet. 6 dropped 14.5 tons of 500 lb (.1 and .01 – .025) RDX bombs on a target of opportunity, a small M/Y at St Joharm (4732N – 1227E) at 1242 hours from 20,300 to 22,300 feet. The disposition of the bombs of 1 a/c now at a friedly field is unknow. 26 returned to base at 1542 hours. None lost, none missing, and 1 at a friendly field.
26 effective sorties were credited. A/C at friendly field is undetermined at this time.
II. ROUTE AND ASSAULT
Rendezvoused as Wing lead over Manduria with the 450th Group on course to San Vito at 6,000 feet at 0910 hours. The formation then proceeded to Sansego making deviations to avoid weather and arriving over Sansego at 18,600 feet. From there the course lay to Lake Millstattier to Trauestein (IP) over which the formation arrived at 1215 hours at 22,000 feet. A run was attempted on the target, but due to impossible weather conditions the bombs were not released. Another run was made using PFF to bring the formation on to the run. The bombing was accomplished by a cooperation between the bombardier and the PFF operator, the undercast being 5/10 and partially obscuring the target. After bombs away, the formation rallied to the left to Lake Millstattier from which a reciprocal course to base was flown.
One box (6 a/c) lost the formation in the first attempted run. Its PFF antenna ball had received a flak hit and the signals received by the operator were not accurate. Relying on the false signals, this box made two attempts by 360 degree turns to line up on the proper target. After the second false run, the bombardier was forced to choose quickly a target of opportunity because of the rapidly lessening gas supply. He released his bombs at 1242 hours from 20,800 feet attempting to hit a M/y at St Joharm (4732N – 1227E).
An escort of 20 P-38’s were met at 4430N -1419E at 1055 hours. 10 to 15 P-51’s were sighted in the target area. The P-38 escort left the formation at 4520N – 1405E at 1330 hours.
7 to 10/10 low clouds were encountered from the spur of Italy to just south of the Alps. In the target area, 5/10 low clouds with tops at 15,000 feet were encountered.
Strike photos reveal the following results:
St Joharm (4732N -1227E): Complete miss.
Rosenheim MY: 15 bursts in M/Y with 20-30 burst immediately N of M/Y in open area. Single track railroad to Bad Aibling cut by at least 2 bursts.
IV. ENEMY RESISTANCE
A. Fighters: None
B. Flak. None at targets attacked.
[Losses: None. Damage: From flak: 8 ( 2 severe and 6 minor. Of the 2 severe, one received heavy damage of wing leading edges; the other a hit in the radar ball). Casualties: None.]