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VIII Air Support Command 61

17 September 1943

Official description

Not yet known

Description

This mission consists of two formations. 72 B-26s from: 366BG (36) and 387BG (36) are despatched to bomb the German airfield at Bauvais/Tille, France. The formation from 366BG is unable to bomb. 25 of the 72 despatched are effective on the target. There are no losses or claims but 12 aircraft are damaged.

The second formation consists of 18 B-26s despatched from 322BG to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Rouen, France, but they are unable to bomb. There are no losses or claims.

Mission details

1. BEAUVAIS/TILLE

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

B-26 Marauder

Notes

386th Bomb Group unable to bomb because of weather.

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...

  • 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 36.90
Number of aircraft Sent 72
Number of aircraft Effective 25
Number of aircraft Damaged 12

2. ROUEN

Description

MARSHALLING YARDS

Aircraft type

B-26 Marauder

Notes

Weather cancellation.

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

Tonnage dropped None
Number of aircraft Sent 18

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
26 June 2015 18:59:07 Lee8thbuff Changes to description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 26-Jun-2015. Correcting typo in mission description.

Date Contributor Update
26 June 2015 18:37:40 Lee8thbuff Changes to description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 26-Jun-2015. Added mission description 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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