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VIII Bomber Command 150 SPECIAL OPERATION

10 December 1943

Official description

Not yet known

Description

1 B-17 from 482BG is desptached on a special night operation to test "Oboe". Intended target not in source data. The aircraft sustained an oxygen leak and had to abort the mission. The bomb load of 2 2000lb general purpose bombs and one 1000lb photoflash were jettisoned in the sea juts off the French coast. There are no losses or claims.

6 B-17s from 305BG/422BS are despatched on a night operation to drop leaflets on the cities of Rouen, Paris, Caen and Amiens, France and Ghent, Belgium 1,200,00 leaflets are dropped. There are no losses or claims.

Mission details

1.

Description

OBOE TEST

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

1 flies OBOE test but aborts due to oxygen leak two X2000GP and one X Photoflash are jettisoned in the English Channel.

Units

  • 482nd Bomb Group

    482nd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 482nd Bomb Group was a Pathfinder Group, which using radar-equipped aircraft to support bombing missions until March 1944. Aircraft from this Group went ahead of other Bombers and sent information back about the best routes to take and the extent...

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 0.00
Number of aircraft Sent 1

2. CAEN / PARIS / ROUEN

Description

1,200,000 LEAFLETS DROPPED

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

Night leaflet drop.

Units

  • 305th Bomb Group Can Do

    305th Bomb Group Can Do

    Group
    The 305th Bombardment Group (Heavy), nicknamed "Can Do" was activated 1-March-1942 at Salt Lake City Air Base, Utah which was their primary training base until 11-Jun-1942 when they relocated to Geiger Field, Washington until 29-Jun-1942, then on to...

Mission Statistics

Number of aircraft Sent 6
Number of aircraft Effective 6

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
23 July 2015 20:01:18 Lee8thbuff Changes to description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 23-Jun-2015. Added Leaftlet drop to Mission Narrative based on "The Mighty Eighth War Diary", Roger A. Freeman.

Date Contributor Update
23 July 2015 19:57:18 Lee8thbuff Changes to name and description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 23-Jun-2015. Added Mission Narrative based on "The Mighty Eighth War Diary", Roger A. Freeman.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:43:16 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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