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VIII Bomber Command 155 LEAFLET DROP

13 December 1943

Official description

Not yet known

Description

5 B-17s from 305BG/422BS were despatched on a night operations to drop leaflets on the ciries of Le Mans, Rennes, Tours, Nantes and Chartres, France. 1,000,000 leaflets were dropped. There were no losses or claims.

Mission details

1. CHARTRES / LE MANS / NANTES / RENNES / TOURS

Description

1,000,000 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 5
Number of aircraft Effective 5

Service

People

  • Thomas Reilly

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 100th Bomb Group
    4 MAR 44 BERLIN. CPT

  • Sam Saporito

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Crashed at Shipdham on the return from and operational mission to Brandenburg, GR on 8 Mar 1944 in B-24J #42-99980 'E Z Duzit'. RTD.

Aircraft

  • 41-24561 The Duchess, "Sure Stuff"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 359BS/303BG [BN-T] Bangor 10/9/42; Molesworth 16/10/42; 59m transferred 1 Base Air Depot (sic),* Burtonwood 7/7/44; Returned to the USA Altus 18/8/44; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Altus 14/8/45. Over...

  • 41-24587 Bad Check

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 427BS/303BG [GN-P] Bangor 5/10/42; Molesworth 25/10/42; Missing in Action 45m Oschersleben 11/1/44 with George McClellan, Co-pilot: Bill Fisherex B-26 pilot on his 1st mission, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Dave Tempesta, Radio Operator:...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
26 July 2015 19:00:33 Lee8thbuff Changes to name and description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 25-Jul-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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