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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, 7 JUNE 44.
REF:  OPERP A NO U7B: FOR 24 HOURS ENDING SUNSET 7 JUNE 44. 
 MISSION NO 35: (2ND OF 3 MISSIONS) NEPTUNE OPERATIONS ORDER NO 5.

(TOP COVER ASSAULT AREA)

A. -

T/U 1243. GP OF 3 SQS: A410, 15 PLANES; B411, 17 PLANES; C412,

16 PLANES. 48 P-47's. PROVIDED TOP COVER OVER EASTERN, EASY,

AND  WESTERN ASSAULT AREA. PATROLLED AREA FROM 1329 TO 1435 HOURS.

MINE LAYERS OBSERVED BURSTING MINES SOUTH OF MARCOUF ISLAND. SMOKE

BETWEEN BALLEROY AND TILLY SUR S. ROCKET OBSERVED 18,000 FEET, 1400

HOURS, IN VICINITY OF ST MARTIC DES B. NEAR CAEN BARNS AND TANKS PARKED

NEARBY WERE BURNING. 8 TO 10 TANKS AND APPROXIMATELY 20 VEHICLES ON

SECONDARY ROADS INTO BAYEUX FROM SOUTH, 1415. A/D EAST OF CAEN HIT AND

HANGAR BURNING 1430. BATTLESHIPS WERE SHELLING COAST VICINITY ST VAAST. OBSERVATION BEYOND IMMEDIATE COAST LINE NOT MADE DUE TO CLOUDS.  NO

FLAK ENCOUNTERED. OVER AREA 5/10, BASE, 2,000, TOP 7,000 VISIBILITY

10 MILES. ELSEWHERE, 6/10, BASE 2,500, TOP 7,000 VISIBILITY 8 MILES.

T/D 1532.


B. (I) - 48 P-47ís
(II) - 46
(III) (a) - NIL
(b) - NIL
(c) - 1 (Hydraulic System).
(d) - NIL
(e) - NIL
(f) - NIL
(g) - NIL
(h) - NIL
(i) - 1 (Escorted abortive).
(IV) - NIL
(V) - NIL
(VI) - NIL
(VII) - NIL
(VIII) - 48

C. (I) - 48 (100 gal US, belly - American).
(II) - NIL

D. (I) - 138:15
(II) - NIL

E. (I) - 81,600 x 50
(II) - NIL
(III) - NIL

F. - NIL

G. - NIL

H. - NIL

I. - 0

HENRY C. KIRK,

Captain, Air Corps,

Stat Control 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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