18 B-24’s took off at 1029 � 1-4- hours to bomb ZAGREB West Station M/Y. One returned early. 16 dropped 32 tons 500 lb GP and RDX mixed bombs on target at 1412 hours from 24,200 to 25,500 feet. 1 A/C over the target accidentally released 2 tons between IP and target because of mechanical defect. The one early return jettisoned 2 tons in the Adriatic. 17 returned to base at 1551 hours. None lost. None missing. None at friendly fields.

Rendezvoused over MANDURIA as the third group in the Wing formation. Thence to SAN VITO to VIR (4419 N – 1502 E) to turnpoint MIRNA (4552 N – 1504 E) to IP KRSKO (4559 N – 1529 E) to target attacking on an axis of 110° true. The rally was right, thence to base.
Weather clear over south Italy. 2/10 low clouds over Adriatic increasing to 6/10 with 6/10 high above flight level along Dalmatian Coast. Over the target 2/10 low clouds with tops at 10,000 feet with 5/10 high cloud above bombing altitude. Visibility about 25 miles. Wind at bombing altitude from 320° at 66 mph. Weather on return same as route out with clouds at all levels slightly reduced in amount. Lightly scattered patches of low clouds at 3,000 feet over southern Italy.

Good pattern of bombs slightly west of aiming point with at least 5 hits on R/R line. Bursts in built up areas on each side of M/Y. Second box had concentration of bombs about 4,000 feet west of aiming point with 6 hits on R/R line (West M/Y). About 10 hits on small industrial plant at south edge of M/Y with several fires

A. Fighters: No enemy fighters were seen or encountered.
B. Flak � At the target this group experienced M to I, A, H flak of 2 to 3 minutes duration.

None lost, 7 damaged ( 1 severe), no casualties, no victories.

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