Mission Number: 2

Date: 9 Jan ’44

Target: Zara, Yugo. Docks

449th A/C Over Target: 0

Tons of Bombs Dropped: 0

Flak: Slight

Enemy A/C Destroyed: 0

449th A/C Lost: 0

Results: None

Seventeen B-24’s of the 449th Bombardment Group (H) set out on 9 January 1944 to attack port installations at Zara, Yugoslavia with Drvenik harbor as an alternate target. There were two early returns. No tons of bombs were dropped on either target due to an extensive overcast encountered just before reaching the IP. This overcast at Zara reached 19,000′ with approximately 9/10 coverage making it impossible to see either the primary or alternate target. No aircraft identified as enemy were encountered. However, about 1134 near the IP for Zara, 68 bombers were observed at a distance of fifteen miles. These were headed north. Their identity was not established. Flak was light at Zara. Some low bursts were observed. Bursts were reported from Uljan Island. Some bursts were reported from shore. … No new or unusual flak tactics were noted. None of our ships sustained damage. Our aircraft sustained no damage from flak or fighters on this mission.

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