Route was flown as briefed. Prior to the Initial Point at Alexandria, the Weather aircraft notified the Group Leader that the Ferry Boat was anchored 5 miles to the south of Ruschuk and on the southeast bank of the river at XR-05173, Bucaresti Sheet #43/44. Bombing run was made from the initial Point to the target on an axis of 95 degrees True. Rally was to the left and the course back to base was as briefed. 30-40 P-38 type aircraft escort were contacted at 0950 hours, altitude 24,000 feet at Rosiorii De Veda, as briefed. 15-20 P-51 type aircraft escort were contacted in the target area at 1030 hours, altitude 23,000 feet. Both P-38's and P-51's withdrew at 1140 hours, altitude 17,000 feet at Nis, Yugoslavia. Escort was good. Weather enroute to the target; alto-stratus, 6/10 at 16,000'; cirrus 3/10 at 24,000'; visibility 15 miles. Weather built up on return. At target: scattered cumulus, 2/10 at 20,000 feet; cirrus at 24,000 feet and visibility 10 miles.
III. RESULTS The target was anchored near barges that were tied together and it was difficult to isolate. Never-the less, the First Box dropped a highly concentrated pattern of bombs that might have included one direct hit on an end of the target. All bombs of this box fell within 1,000' of the Aiming Point. The Second and Third Boxes could not identify the target and held their bombs. The Forth Box identified the target and dropped on it, resulting in near misses. Due to the pattern of bombs and the closeness of the impacts, it is highly probable that the target was damaged. Eight aircraft equipped with cameras. First Box took photographs. Photos of the Forth Box failed to show bomb strikes possible due to banking away from target at time photos were attempted. Bombardier's Combat Mission Report: Bombing was done by boxes. Lead box picked up target and laid down a good concentration in the target area. Second box of first attack and lead box of second attack returned bombs to base. Leaders of these boxes were not able to pick up target in time to make a good run. The second box of the second attack unit dropped on the target as well as the first box. Due to no photo coverage results cannot be estimated. IV. ENEMY RESISTANCE A. Fighters: None. B. Flak: At Metrovica slight, inaccurate and heavy, both on penetration and withdrawal from target. At target area, and from Giurgiu moderate, inaccurate and heavy. V. OBSERVATIONS Time Place Altitude Remarks 0813 Gulf of Kotor 12,000 Possible naval vessel at dock. 0820 Perasi 12,000 Two good sized boats at anchor. 0917 Nis 20,000 100 plus cars in marshalling yard. 0924 Bela Palanka 21,000 150-175 cars in marshalling yard, mostly oil cars. 1929 Piorot 21,000 250 cars in marshalling yard, mostly oil cars. 1030 Danube River 21,000 50-100 barges moored at loading stages 1040 43.43N-24E 20,000 70 barges on Danube River and 2 larger boats, one a tanker. At 1030 hours from 22,000 Giurgiu, one ME-109 chased by two P-38's, went down smoking. At 1012 hours from 22,000 feet Rosiorii De Vede 20 single-engine fighters on field, one four-engine transport landing. VI. CASUALTIES None. VII FLIGHT LEADERS: Gideon Carr Andrews Frank Bushnell McClain White Bomberg