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VIII Air Support Command 47

4 September 1943

Official description

Not yet known

Description

Marshalling yards in France are the targets for this four element mission. The first element is a formation of 36 B-26s from 387BG despatched to bomb the railroad marsalling yards at Coutrai, France. 33 are effective on the target. Therer are no losses or claims.

The second element is a formation of 36 B-26s from 386BG despatched to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Lille/Deliverance, France. 33 are effective on the target. There are no losses or claims.

The third elemenet is a formation of 36 B-26s from 323BG despatched to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Hazebrouck, France. 34 are effective on the target, There are no losses or claims.

The fourth element is a fomration of 36 B-17s from 322BG despatched to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at St. Pol, France. 23 are effective on the target, There are no losses or claims.

Mission details

1. COURTRAI

Description

MARSHALLING YARDS

Aircraft type

B-26 Marauder

Notes

Not yet known

Units

  • 387th Bomb Group

    387th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 387th Bomb Group flew just under thirty missions with the Eighth Air Force before being transferred to the Ninth Air Force in October 1943. The Group remained at Chipping Ongar, Essex after being reassigned and continued to hit targets in France....

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 195.50
Number of aircraft Sent 36
Number of aircraft Effective 33
Number of aircraft Damaged 5

2. HAZEBROUCK

Description

MARSHALLING YARDS

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

Number of aircraft Sent 36
Number of aircraft Effective 34
Number of aircraft Damaged 6

3. LILLE-DELIVERANCE

Description

MARSHALLING YARDS

Aircraft type

B-26 Marauder

Notes

Not yet known

Units

  • 386th Bomb Group

    386th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 386th Bomb Group flew B-26 Marauders for the Eighth and Ninth Air Forces. Whilst with the Eighth, the Group developed the formation release procedure for the B-26 on missions that targeted aerodromes, marshalling yards and V-weapon sites along the...

Mission Statistics

Number of aircraft Sent 36
Number of aircraft Effective 33
Number of aircraft Damaged 5

4. SAINT POL

Description

MARSHALLING YARDS

Aircraft type

B-26 Marauder

Notes

Not yet known

Units

  • 322nd Bomb Group

    322nd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 322nd Bombardment Squadron (Medium) was activated on 19-Jun-1942 at MacDill Field, Florida with B-26B Marauder aircraft. In late September 1942 the unit moved to Drane Field, Florida. The Ground echelon sailed for the UK aboard the Queen Elizabeth...

Mission Statistics

Number of aircraft Sent 36
Number of aircraft Effective 23
Number of aircraft Damaged 6

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
31 May 2015 18:33:57 Lee8thbuff Changes to description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 31-May-2015. Added Mission Narrative based on "The Mighty Eighth War Diary", Roger A. Freeman.

Date Contributor Update
31 May 2015 18:25:07 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
Sources

Lee Cunningham 31-May-2015. Corrected target designation for Lille/Deliverance per "The Mighty Eighth War Dairy", Roger A. Freeman.

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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