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USAAF FORM 34A

OPREP A

TO:  CG, NINTH AIR FORCE, APO 696, US ARMY (ATTENTION: 26TH SCU).
 CG, XIX TACTICAL AIR COMMAND, APO 141, US ARMY (ATTENTION: STAT CONTL SEC). 
 CG, 303RD FIGHTER WING, APO 141, US ARMY (ATTENTION: STAT CONTL O).
FROM:  HQ 373RD FIGHTER BOMBER GROUP, APO 141, US ARMY, 5 JUNE 44.
REF:  OPERP A NO U5: FOR 24 HOURS ENDING SUNSET 5 JUNE 44. 
 MISSION NO 30: (2ND OF 2 PHASES) IX FIGHTER COMMAND OPERATIONS ORDER NO 343.

(TIGER PANDA BANJO: CALAIS)

A. -

T/U 1026. GP OF 2 SQS: A410, 18 PLANES; B412, 15 PLANES. 33 P-47s.

24 AIRCRAFT CARRIED 48 X 120 LB FRAGMENTATION CLUSTER BOMBS WITH 
INSTANTENOUS FUSE. OTHER NINE PLANES PROVIDED TOP COVER. 3 PLANES 
RETURNED EARLY JETTISIONED BOMBS IN CHANNEL. 3 OTHER PLANES JETTISONED 
BOMBS IN CHANNEL AS THEY WERE UNABLE TO FIND FLIGHT TO JOIN. R/V NORTH 
FORELAND 1046 AT 10,000 FEET. ESCORTED BOMBERS NORTH EAST OF CALAIS 
AND HIT COAST ALONG GRAVELINES. THEN ESCORTED BOMBERS DOWN COAST WHERE 
THEY DROPPED BOMBS AT 300 FEET. 16 OF OUR PLANES DROPPED 192 FRAGMEN- 
TATION BOMBS ON TARGET AT CALAIS. PEELED OFF AT 15,000 FEET, BOMBS 
RELEASED 9,000 TO 10,000 FEET. HITS OBSERVED EAST AND ALONG COAST OF 
TARGET. 2 CLUSTERS HIT BUILDING AREA CALAIS/MARCH AIRDROME. TIME 
OVER TARGET 1055 1107. FLAK ENCOUNTERED: OVER TARGET NONE, ELSE- 
WHERE; MODERATE, INNACURATE, AND HEAVY. WEATHER OVER TARGET WAS CAVU. 
ELSEWHERE CLOUD COVER OF 5/10, BASE 3,000, TOP 5,000, VISIBILITY UN- 
LIMITED. T/D 1132.


B. (I) - 33 P-47s
(II) - 27
(III) (a) - NIL
(b) - NIL
(c) - NIL
(d) - NIL
(e) - NIL
(f) - NIL
(g) - NIL
(h) - NIL
(i) - 6 (Jettisoned 12 bombs unable to locate flight).
(IV) - NIL
(V) - NIL
(VI) - NIL
(VII) - NIL
(VIII) - 33

C. - NIL

D. (I) - 41:00
(II) - NIL

E. (I) - 56,100 X 50
(II) - NIL
(III) - NIL

F. (I) - 48 (120 lb, cluster, frag Inst Fuse).
(II) - 36
(III) - 12
(IV) - NIL

G. - NIL

H. - NIL

ENOCH EDWARDS,

2nd Lt, Air Corps,

Statistical Central Officer.

S E C R E T


Declassified
On public record at the National Archives
Courtesy of David Schwartz - Nephew of 373rd CO (15 Aug 43 - 17 Nov 44) William  H. Schwartz, Jr.

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