41 B-24’s took off at 0905 hours to attack targets at ST-9 and ST-19 [Bologna, Italy] in close cooperation with Allied Ground Forces. There was one early return, jettisoning 2.25 tons. 40 over the primary target at 1307 hours were unable to identify target because of 8/10 undercast and did not drop. 39 returned 89 tons of 250 lb GP bombs to base while one a/c jettisoned one ton. 40 returned to base at 1603 hours. None lost, none missing and none at friendly fields.
II. ROUTE AND ASSAULT
Rendezvoused over Manduria at 1007 hours at 7,000 feet as the lead group in the Wing line. Proceeded to keypoint at Giglio (4222N-1054E) and because formation was 7 minutes late at this point, proceeded directly to turnpoint at Volterra (4342N-1052E) to IP to target. Formation passed over target area but could not identify because of the undercast. Rallied left and followed briefed route back to base.
The weather showed boroken, multi-layered clouds from 9,000 to 14,000 feet ofver southern Italy on the rute out. West of the Appenines, all but the high clouds above the flight level cleared with visibility about 25 miles. Over the target area there was 8/10 strato cumulus cloud up to 12,000 feet with a solid patch over the middle of the target itself. On the return route there was scattered low and middle coluds east of the Appenines, decreasing to nil over southern Italy and this base.
No specific rendezvous was made with escort but approximately 15 P-51’s patrolled the target area.
IV. ENEMY RESISTANCE
A. Fighters: No E/A were sighted.
B. Flak: 36 a/c reported no flak at the target. Only 4 a/c reported S-I-H flak and no damage was suffered
[Losses: None. Damage: None. Casualties: None.]