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VIII Air Support Command 72

26 September 1943

Official description

Not yet known


The German airfield at Conches, France was to be the target for 72 B-26s from 323G (36) and 386BG (36), but the mission is recalled due to weather. There are no losses or claims.

Mission details




Aircraft type

B-26 Marauder


Recalled due to weather.


  • 323rd Bomb Group

    323rd Bomb 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,...

  • 386th Bomb Group

    386th Bomb 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 0.00
Number of aircraft Sent 72



  • Arthur Brittain

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 #423231 'The Inferno. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Earl DeWolf

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 10 October 1943 in B-17 #4230817 'Miss Flower III. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Thomas Kelly

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 10 October 1943 in B-17 #42-30272 'Fritz Blitz', Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Walter Parkins

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Tail Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 #42-3231 'The Inferno', Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Herbert Riddle

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Waist Gunner/Flight Engineer | 95th Bomb Group

  • Phillip Schmidlapp

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Flight Engineer | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 #423231 'The Inferno. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW


  • 42-3231 The Inferno

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 2/4/43; Dow Fd 25/5/43; Assigned 545BS/384BG [JD-M] Grafton Underwood 28/5/43; Missing in Action Gelsenkirchen 12/8/43 with Capt Rich Carrington, Co-pilot: Harvey Esty, Navigator: Robin Taber, Bombardier: Capt Mike Smithwick, Flight...


Date Contributor Update
29 June 2015 17:10:11 Lee8thbuff Changes to description

Lee Cunningham 29-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

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'.