May 17, 1944: Paris/Poissy, HWB
Every time fighters attacked there were at least two waves, and over Paris there were both two and three waves. The first encounter was over the Channel. Two waves with 190A-7s. It was followed by two more waves. We had two 109G-6s coming in from a vertical dive, and then two Me 410s from 12. We had some moments to breathe between Poix and Beauvais when no enemies were seen. As we neared the IP (IP 1) the fighter defense really got intense. Two waves again. Two 190A-6s from 9 and soon thereafter a 109G-6 from 7.
Falk opened up. Strong and accurate. I was #4 deputy in lead flight of Box 2. Box 1 had missed the target. Flak shot down my lead so I had to take my flight around for another bomb run so that I could get into the lead slot. High and low followed. Both could not find the aim point. (DR was 4 and with modifiers the final result was 3. Good weather over target 4 is needed.) They came around with me. Flak was ineffective, but two waves attacked. 190A-6s in the first. One attacked my flight from 2 high. In the second wave an A-8 attacked from 7 high. Low had lost two ships to flak.
We were now back at the IP. High flight managed to fly a good tight formation. The fighters attacked with ferocity. Three waves this time. Me 109G-6s in the first, two from 9 high. A 190A-7 dived down at us from above and before flak fired we were attacked by another 190A-7 from 10 low.
Flak shot down two more ships in my flight, so we were only three B-26s on the bomb run. We missed the bridge. My other two flights could not find the aim point on this run either. (AGAIN... DR was 4 on both rolls, final result was 3!) Flak got a fourth B-26 in my flight.
We left Paris accompanied by another two waves of fighters. Me 110s at 3 high in the first and a 190A-6 in the second, it attacked from 5 high. This FW was the last fighter today. There were no more encounters on the route back to England.
We had lost a total of eight ships. Four in the lead flight and two in the low and high flight.
This was an unsuccessful mission.