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VIII Air Support Command 52

7 September 1943

Official description

Not yet known

Description

A combined force of 144 B-26s from: 386BG (36); 387BG (26); 322BG (36); and 323BG (36) is despatched to bomb the railroad marshalling yards (MY) at Lille and St.Pol France. Apparently, there was some confusion during the assembly of the formations for the mission and the 36 despatched from 386BG to bomb MY at Lille, France abandoned the mission. There were no losses or claims in 386BG but 2 aircraft were damaged; the assembly confusion also affected the 36 despatched to bomb the MY at St. Pol, France and only 12 managed to hit the target.

72 of the 144 despatched (36 from 322BG and 36 from 323BG) set their sights on the railroad marshalling yards at St. Pol, France. 69 are effective on the target. There are no losses. The bomber gunners claim 0-0-1 of attacking German aircraft.

Mission details

1. LILLE

Description

MARSHALLING YARDS

Aircraft type

B-26 Marauder

Notes

Confusion at the rendezvous causes 386th Bomb Group to abort. Also, half of 387th Bomb Group aircraft also aborted.

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

Tonnage dropped None
Number of aircraft Sent 36
Number of aircraft Damaged 2

2. 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...

  • 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 103.07
Number of aircraft Sent 72
Number of aircraft Effective 69
Enemy aircraft claimed as Probably Destroyed by Bomber Command 1

3. SAINT POL

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 17.92
Number of aircraft Sent 36
Number of aircraft Effective 12

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
02 June 2015 19:48:15 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
Sources

Lee Cunningham 2-Jun-2015. Corrected bomb tonnage dropped by 12 aircraft at St. Pol per "The Mighty Eighth War Diary", Roger A. Freeman.

Date Contributor Update
02 June 2015 19:46:41 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
Sources

Lee Cunningham 2-Jun-2015. Added tonnage dropped and bomber gunner claims to the statistics of the St.Pol attack by 69 aircraft per "The Mighty Eighth War Diary", Roger A. Freeman.

Date Contributor Update
02 June 2015 19:43:19 Lee8thbuff Changes to description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 2-Jun-2015. Added Mission Narrative based on "The Mighty Eighth War Diary", 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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