DescriptionMISSION #1, Amsterdam, July 17, 1943.
For the first mission, 20 a/c were airborne by 0626 hours. Col. David was the Group Leader with Major Satterwhite as Deputy Leader. The Group and Wing formation was accom?plished and the briefed route was followed with only a slight deviation at the IP. Two Groups were involved, the 388th and the 385th, with the 388th as lead.
Three a/c aborted. Lt. Eccleston in a/c 42-30193, as he had to feather #3 engine due to high oil pressure and tempera?ture; Lt. Cox in a/c 42-5906, turned back at 0740 hours at Great Ashfield with a broken oxygen line; Lt. Pickard in a/c 42-30202, returned at 0745 hours because of poor radio communications. The 21st a/c scheduled, Lt. Bernard, blew a tire on take-off.
Bombing results on the assigned target an Aircraft Factory in Amsterdam were poor. Cloud coverage was 7/10th in the target area which made it difficult to pick up the tar?get. Bombing was from 22,000 feet and the bombs landed in a congested business center. Of the 17 a/c over the tar?get, 15 dropped all of their bombs. Lt. Swift in a/c 42-5900, dropped only 6 as he had a malfunction in the rack and brought the other 4 back. Lt. Bailey in a/c 42-30207, returned with all of his bombs as he could not identify the target.
No fighter opposition was encountered with only two enemy aircraft seen. Flak was not severe with meager flak at ljmui?den on the route in and moderate flak at the target.All of our a/c returned to base by 1019 hours.
From The 388th At War by Ed Huntzinger
Anne Frank in her diary mentions that she heard the bombing from this raid