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VIII Air Support Command PHOTO RECCE/ANTI-SUB PATROL

8 August 1943

Official description

Not yet known

Description

Two operations are included: 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group despatches 4 F-5s on phot reconnaissance sorties over France. No losses or claims.

In a operation by 479 Air Services Group (anti-submarine) 1 B-24 is shot down NW of Cabo Ortegal, Spain while flying an anti-submarine patrol over the Bay of Biscay. This event is not included in Roger Freeman's "The Mighty Eighth War Diary" but is documented with two Missing Air Crew Reports (MACRs) 152 and 257. Also confirmed in the "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces", Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

Mission details

1.

Description

PHOTOGRAPHIC RECONNAISSANCE MISSION

Aircraft type

F-5 Lightning

Notes

Not yet known

Units

  • 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group

    7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group

    Group
    Based for the majority of their service at Mount Farm, Oxfordshire, the 7th Photographic Group (Reconnaissance) took over three million intelligence photos during the course of 4,251 sorties over occupied Europe. The Group was awarded a Distinguished...

Mission Statistics

Number of aircraft Sent 4

2. Cabo Ortegal, Spain

Description

ANTI SUB PATROL

Aircraft type

B-24 Liberator

Notes

B-24 42-40555 is shot down NW of Cabo Ortegal, Spain while flying a anti-sub patrol over the Bay of Biscay. 10KIA.

Mission Statistics

Number of aircraft Sent 1
Number of aircraft Missing In Action 1
Number of people Killed In Action 10

Service

People

  • Donald Bowsman

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radar Operator | 479th Anti-Submarine Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 8-Aug-43 in B-24D 42-40555, 479th ASG/4th ASSwhile serving as Radar Operator. Aircraft was shot down by an enemy fighter NW of Cabo Ortegal, Spain while on an anti-submarine patrol over the Bay of Biscay. Member of an...

  • John Carrick

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 479th Anti-Submarine Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 8-Aug-43 in B-24D 42-40555, 479th ASG; 4th ASS while serving as Bombardier. Aircraft wad shot down by enemy aircraft NW of Cabo Ortegal, Spain. Member of an antisubmarine squadron that was in the 8th 3 months and then transferred...

  • Robert Dodd

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 479th Anti-Submarine Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 8-Aug-43 in B-24D 42-40555, 479th ASG, 4th ASS while serving as Radio Operator/Gunner. Aircraft was shot down by an enemy fighter NW of Cabo Ortegal, Spain while on an anti-submarine patrol over the Bay of Biscay. Member of an...

  • Cornelius George

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot | 479th Anti-Submarine Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 8-Aug-42 in B-24D 42-40555 479th ASG/4th ASS while serving as Co-Pilot. Aircraft was shot down NW of Cabo Ortegal, Spain while on anit-submarine patrol over the Bay of Biscay. Member of an antisubmarine squadron that was in the...

  • George Good

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 479th Anti-Submarine Group
    Killed in Action (KIA)8-Aug-43 in B-24D 42-40555, 479th ASG/4th ASS while serving as Navigator. Aircraft was shor down by enemy aircraft NW of Cabo Ortegal, Spain while on anit-submarine patrol over the Bay of Biscay. Member of an antisubmarine...

  • Deckerd Gray

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 479th Anti-Submarine Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 8-Aug-43 in B-24D 42-40555, 479th ASG/4th ASS while serving as Radio Operator. Aircraft was shot down be eney aircraft NW of Cabo Ortegal, Spain while on an anti-submarine patrol of the Bay of Biscay. Member of an antisubmarine...

  • George Henriot

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 479th Anti-Submarine Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 8-Aug-43 in B-24D 42-40555, 479th ASG/4th ASS while serving as Waist Gunner. The aircraft was shot down by an enemy fighter NW of Cabo Ortegal, Spain while on an anti-submarine patrol over the Bay of Biscay. Member of an...

  • James Pierce

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 479th Anti-Submarine Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 8-Aug-43 in B-24D 42-40555, 479th ASG,4th ASS while serving as Tail Gunner. Aircraft was shot donw by an enemy fighter NW of Cabo Ortegal, Spain while on an anit-submarine patrol over the Bay of Biscay Member of an antisubmarine...

  • Reuben Thomas

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 479th Anti-Submarine Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 8-Aug-43 in B-24D 42-40555, 379ASG/4ASS while serving as Pilot. Aircraft was shot down NW of Cabo Ortegal. Member of an antisubmarine squadron that was in the 8th 3 months and then transferred to the Navy. ...

  • Charles Woodard

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Engineer/Top Turret Gunner | 479th Anti-Submarine Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 8-Aug-43 in B-24D 42-40555, 479th ASG/4th ASS while serving as Engineer/Top Turret Gunner. Aircraft was shot down by enemy aircraft NW of Cabo Ortegal, Spain while on an anti sub-marine patrol over the Bay of Biscay. Member of an...

Aircraft

  • 42-40555

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24D-70-CO 42-40555 AAFAC 479th Antisubmarine Group ; 4th Antisubmarine Squadron was shot down by Hptm Grahl, Stab V/KG40 north-west of Cabo Ortegal, Spain while flying an anti-submarine partol over the Bay of Biscay. All ten airmen were KIA. ...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
14 May 2015 21:00:58 Lee8thbuff Changes to name
Sources

Lee Cunningham 14-May-2015. Edited title.

Date Contributor Update
14 May 2015 18:55:18 Lee8thbuff Changes to description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 14-May-2015. Added Mission Narrative based on "The Mighty Eight War Diary", Roger a Freeman (7th PRG citation); and National Archives Records Administration (NARA) Missing AIr Crew Reports 152 and 257; also "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey, MBE.

Date Contributor Update
14 May 2015 18:45:18 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
Sources

Lee Cunningham 14-May-2015. Added unit association for Anti-sub patrol; corrected map location and added notes per "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey, MBE.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:43:15 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Lee Cunningham, 8th Air Force missions research database / Stan Bishop's 'Losses of the US 8th and 9th Air Forces', the Combat Chronology of the US Army Air Forces and the work of Roger Freeman including the 'Mighty Eighth War Diary'.

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