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VIII Air Support Command 53

8 September 1943

Official description

Not yet known

Description

The German airfields a Lille, France ar the primay targets for this two element mission. The first element is a force of 71 B-26s from 323BG (35) and 387BG (36) despatched to bomb th Lille/Nord airfield. 68 aircraft are effective on the target. There are no losses or claims, although 3 aircraft are damaged.

The second element is a formation of 72 B-26s from: 322BG (36) and 386BG (36)despatched to bomb the Lille/Vendeville airfield. 68 aircraft are effective on the target. 1 aircraft Failed to Return (FTR)-1KIA 4RTD (rescued by ASR). This is the first rescued by ASR of a B-26 crew. 1 aircraft is Damaged Beyond Repair (DBR) in a wheels-up landing but all 6 crewmen are OK- 6RTD.

Mission details

1. LILLE-NORD

Description

AIRFIELD

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,...

  • 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 99.50
Number of aircraft Sent 71
Number of aircraft Effective 68
Number of aircraft Damaged 3

2. LILLE- VENDEVILLE

Description

AIRFIELD

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...

  • 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 99.50
Number of aircraft Sent 72
Number of aircraft Effective 68
Number of aircraft Missing In Action 1
Number of aircraft Damaged Beyond Repair 1
Number of aircraft Damaged 21
Number of people Killed In Action 1
Number of people Returned To Duty 4

Service

Aircraft

  • 41-34987 Danny Boy II

    B-26 Marauder
    B-26C-15-MA 41-34987 "Danny Boy II" was assigned to the 386BG/552BS at Great Dunmow, UK. ...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 June 2015 18:34:58 Lee8thbuff Changes to description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 3-Jun-2015. Added Mission Narrative based on "The Mighty Eighth War Diary", Roger A Freeman and "Losses of the 8th and 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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