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VIII Air Support Command 74

27 September 1943

Official description

Not yet known

Description

The German airfield at Conches, France is the target for this combined force of 72 B-26s despatched from: 323BG (36) and 386BG (36). One aircraft Failed to Return (FTR) 6KIA and 4 others are damaged. There are no claims on enemy aircraft.

Mission details

1. CONCHES (Primary)

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,...

  • 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 72
Number of aircraft Effective 68
Number of aircraft Missing In Action 1
Number of aircraft Damaged 4
Number of people Killed In Action 6

Service

People

  • Harold Corbin

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator; Bombardier | 386th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) on 27-Sep-43 in B-26C 41-34987 'Danny Boy II', 386BG/552BS while serving as Navigator/Bombardier. The aircraft took a direct hit from AA fire in the left engine enroute to bomb the German airfield at Conches, France. The aircraft...

  • William Cox

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 386th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) on 27-Sep-43 in B-26C 41-34987 'Danny Boy II', 386BG/552BS while serving as Pilot. The aircraft took a direct hit by AA fire in the left engine while enroute to bomb the German airfield at Conshes, France. The aircraft crashed...

  • George Dunn

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 386th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) on 27-Sep-43 in B-26C 41-34987 'Danny Boy II', 386BG/552BS while serving as Radio Operator. The aircraft tooK a direct hit by AA fire in the left engine enroute to bomb the German airfield at Conches, France.The aircraft crashed...

  • William Newell

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 386th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) on 27-Sep-43 in B-26C 41-34987 'Danny Boy II', 386BG/552BS while serving as Tail Gunner. The aircraft took a direct hit by AA fire in the left engine enroute to bomb the German airfield at Conches, France.The aircraft crashed and...

  • Dearing Stone

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 386th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) on 27-Sep-43 in B-26C 41-34987 'Danny Boy II', 386BG/552BS while serving as Co-Pilot. The aircraft took a direct hit by AA fire in the left engine enroute to bomb the German airfield at Conches, France. The aircraft crashed and...

  • Arthur Vermette

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Engineer | 386th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) on 27-Sep-43 in B-26C 41-34987 'Danny Boy II', 386BG/552BS while serving as Engineer. The aircraft took a direct hit by AA fire in the left engine enroute to bomb the German airfield at Conches, France.The aircraft crashed and...

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. On 27-Sep-43 the Group was despatched to bomb the German airfield at Conches, France. Un-route to the target the aircraft took a direct hit from AA fire in the...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
29 June 2015 20:19:49 Lee8thbuff Changes to description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 29-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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