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VIII Bomber Command 44

17 March 1943

Official description

Not yet known

Description

A combination of 78 B-17s from the 4 active Bomb Groups are despatched to attack the marshalling yards at Rouen/Sotteville, France. However, the weather is terrible and the schedules fighter escort was prevented from taking off causing a recall of the attacking force before they had even left English airspace.

A combination of 28 B-14s from the 2 active Bomb Groups are despatched on a diversionary sweep over the North Sea but are recalled when main attacking force of B-17s is recalled.

Mission details

1. NORTH SEA

Description

DIVERSION

Aircraft type

B-24 Liberator

Notes

28 B-24s fly a diversionary mission over the N. Sea. All bombers are recalled due to bad weather. There is no fighter escort.

Units

  • 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    Group
    The 44th Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 15-January-1942 at McDill Field, Florida and equipped with B-24Cs. The Group moved to Barksdale Field, Louisiana and acted as a training unit for the 90th 93rd and 98th Bomb Groups and flew anti...

  • 93rd Bomb Group

    93rd Bomb Group

    Group
    93rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 1-March-1942 at Barksdale Field, Louisiana. On 15-May-1942 the Group moved to Ft. Myers, Florida to continue advanced flight training and also to fly anti-submarine patrols over the Gulf of Mexico; they...

Mission Statistics

Number of aircraft Sent 28

2. ROUEN/SOTTEVILLE (Primary)

Description

MARSHALLING YARDS

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

Not yet known

Units

  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated on 3-Feb-1942 at Pendleton Field, Oregon. They assembled at Gowen Field, Idaho on 11-February 1942 where it conducted flight training until 12-Jun-1942. The Group then moved to Alamogordo Field, New...

  • 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...

  • 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    Group
    Constituted as 306th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 28 Jan 1942. Activated on 1 Mar 1942. Trained for combat with B-17's. Moved to England, Aug-Sep 1942, and assigned to Eighth AF Eighth Air Force in September 1942 Station 111 Thurleigh. During combat,...

  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    Group
    The 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated at Harding Field, Louisiana on 15-April-1942 and went to MacDill Field, Florida for the first phase of training from 16-May-1942 to 25-June-1942. The Group was then assigned to 2nd Air Force at Walla...

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped None
Number of aircraft Sent 78

Service

People

  • Donald Worsley

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Lt. Don Worsley volunteered in San Francisco on March 2, 1942 at the age of 19. He was a student at Marin College. He completed Pre-Flight Bombing Training in Santa Ana in May 1942 and began Advanced Bomb Training in Victorville, CA, graduating...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 December 2014 19:00:43 Lee8thbuff Changes to description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 27-Dec-2014. Description based on "The Mighty Eighth War Diary" Roger A. Freeman.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:43:17 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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