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458th BG (H), Lechfeld Airfield, 9 April 1945

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458th BG (H), Lechfeld Airfield, 9 April 1945

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Description: STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Eighth Air Force): 3 missions are flown.
Mission 935: 1,252 bombers and 846 fighters are dispatched to visually
attack underground oil storage, an ammunition plant and 10 jet airfields;
they claim 85-1-60 Luftwaffe aircraft; 7 bombers and 5 fighters are lost:
1. 333 B-17s are sent to hit a munitons plant at Wolfratshausen (76) and
Oberpfaffenhofen (107) and Furstenfeldbruck (139) Airfields; 2 B-17s are
damaged beyond repair and 12 damaged; 1 airman is WIA. Escorting are 137 of
146 P-51s; they claim 4-0-10 aircraft on the ground.
2. 289 B-17s are sent to attack an oil depot (89) and airfield (66) at
Neuburg and Schleissheim Airfield (128); 3 B-17s are lost and 42 damaged; 2
airmen are KIA, 5 WIA and 56 MIA. The escort is 193 of 203 P-51s; they claim
1-0-3 aircraft in the air and 70-0-37 on the ground; 3 P-51s are lost (pilots
MIA).
3. 228 B-17s are dispatched to hit Riem Airfield at Munich (212); 10 others
hit the secondary, the marshalling yard at Ingolstadt; 3 B-17sa re lost. 149
of 151 P-51s escort; they claim 6-0-4 aircraft on the ground; 1 P-51 is lost
(pilot MIA).
4. 402 B-24s are sent to hit airfields at Lechfeld (109), Memmingen (96),
Leipheim (88) and Landsberg (62) and Landsberg E landing ground (33); 1 B-24
is lost, 1 damaged beyond repair and 7 damaged; 2 airmen are KIA, 1 WIA and 9
MIA. 193 of 205 P-51s escort claiming 4-0-5 aircraft on the ground.
5. 58 P-47s fly a freelance mission in support of the bombers.
6. 58 P-51s escort 32 F-5s on photo reconnaissance missions over Germany.
7. 24 of 25 P-51s fly scouting missions; 1 is lost (pilot MIA).


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