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VIII Air Support Command 12A

2 August 1943

Official description

Not yet known

Description

34 B-26s from 323BG are despatched to bomb the airfield at Merville, France. 31 are effective on the target. No losses or claims although 15 sustain damage from anti-aircraft fire. One, B-26C 41-34706, 323BG/454BS makes a crashlanding at RAF Manston and the aircraft is declared Damaged Beyond Repair (DBR). All 6 crewmen are wounded but not seriously and all Return to Duty-6RTD.

Mission details

1. MERVILLE

Description

MERVILLE AIRFIELD, France

Aircraft type

B-26 Marauder

Notes

Not yet known

Units

  • 323rd Bomb Group

    323rd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 323rd Bombardment Group operated with B-26 Marauders, American medium bombers. They were the first Eighth Air Force Group to fly a medium level bombing mission with this aircraft on 16 July 1943. After flying a total of 33 missions with the Eighth,...

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 36.75
Number of aircraft Sent 34
Number of aircraft Effective 31
Number of aircraft Damaged Beyond Repair 1
Number of aircraft Damaged 15
Number of people Wounded in Action 6

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
13 May 2015 21:37:20 Lee8thbuff Changes to description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 13-May-2015. Edited Mission Narrative to add WIA disposition to crew per "The Mighty Eighth War Diary" ROger A> Freeman.

Date Contributor Update
13 May 2015 21:34:59 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
Sources

Lee Cunningham 13-May-2015. Added target to Mission Details per "The Mighty EIghth War Diary" ROger A. Freeman.

Date Contributor Update
13 May 2015 21:31:52 Lee8thbuff Changes to description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 13-May-2015. Added Mission Narrative based on "The Mighty Eighth War Diary", ROger A, Freeman; DBR per "Loses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces", Sant 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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