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  1. 8th Air Force ASC PHOTO RECCE

    8th Air Force ASC PHOTO RECCE

    04 February 1944
    6 F-5s and 2 Spitfires are despatched by 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group on photo recce sortied over NW France. There are no losses or claims.

  2. 8th Air Force 208

    8th Air Force 208

    04 February 1944
    The railroad marshalling yards at Frankfurt, Germany were focus of this mission, but other railroad marshalling yards in the area were attacked as well. Weather and navigational errors frustrate target acquisition.748 heavy bombers were despatched in a...

  3. 8th Air Force ASC PHOTO RECCE

    8th Air Force ASC PHOTO RECCE

    05 February 1944
    5 F-5s and 1 Spitfire from 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group are despatched on photo recce sorites over Holland, Western Germany and NW France. There are no losses or claims but 1 aircraft was Damaged Beyond Repair (DBR) when pilot overshot the...

  4. 8th Air Force 211 LEAFLET DROP

    8th Air Force 211 LEAFLET DROP

    05 February 1944
    5 B-17s from 305BG/422BS are depatched on a night operation to drop 300 bundles (1,500,000) leaflets on the Belgian sities of Ghent, Monceau-sur-Sambre, Antwerp, and Brussels. There are no losses or claims.

  5. VIII Fighter Command FO 235 BOMBER ESCORT

    VIII Fighter Command FO 235 BOMBER ESCORT

    05 February 1944
    A combined force of 634 fighter aircraft of types: P-38; P-47 and P-51s are despatched to provide escort to heavy bombers attacking German airfields in France. Summary follows:...

  6. 8th Air Force CARPETBAGGER

    8th Air Force CARPETBAGGER

    05 February 1944
    An unknown number of B-24s from 801BG/406BS are despatched on a night "CARPETBAGGER" operation to drop weapons and supplies to French partisans.

  7. 8th Air Force 210

    8th Air Force 210

    05 February 1944
    German airfield in France are the targets for this mission. All three Bomb Divisions despatch aircraft. The combined bomber gunner's claims of all three Bomb Divisions were 5-0-5 (displayed with Chateauroux element of 1BD). Summary as follows:...

  8. 8th Air Force ASC - PHOTO RECCE

    8th Air Force ASC - PHOTO RECCE

    06 February 1944
    6 F-5s and 5 Spitfires are despatched from 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group on photo recce sorties over Holland, western Germany and north-west France. There are no losses or claims.

  9. 8th Air Force 212

    8th Air Force 212

    06 February 1944
    German airfields and V-Weapon sites in France are the primary targets of this mission. A combined force total of 642 heavy bombers are depatched from 8th Air Force 1st, 2nd and 3rd Bomb Divisions. The primary targets of 1st Bomb Division were the...

  10. VIII Fighter Command FO 236 BOMBER ESCORT

    VIII Fighter Command FO 236 BOMBER ESCORT

    06 February 1944
    A combined force of 638 fighter aircraft of types: P-38; P-47; and P-51 are despatched to provide escort to heavy bombers attacking German airfields in France. Mission Summary follows:...

  11. 8th Air Force 213 LEAFLET DROP

    8th Air Force 213 LEAFLET DROP

    07 February 1944
    6 B-17s from 305BG/422BS are despatched on a night operation to drop 363 bundles (1,815,000?) leaflets on the Belgian cities of Brussels, Antwerp, Ghent, Liege, and Monceay-sur-Sambre. There are no losses or claims.

  12. 8th Air Force CARPETBAGGER

    8th Air Force CARPETBAGGER

    07 February 1944
    An unknown number of B-24s are despatched on a night "CARPETBAGGER" operation to drop weapons and supplies to French partisans.

  13. 8th Air Force ASC PHOTO RECCE

    8th Air Force ASC PHOTO RECCE

    08 February 1944
    6 F-5s and 5 Spitfires are despatched from 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group on photo recce sortied over France, Holland and western Germany. There are no losses or claims.

  14. 8th Air Force 215 LEAFLET DROP

    8th Air Force 215 LEAFLET DROP

    08 February 1944
    6 B-17s from 305BG/422BS are depatched to drop 360 bundles (1,800,000) leaflets on the French cities of Caen, Rouen, Paris, Rennes and Amiens. There are no losses or claims.

  15. VIII Fighter Command FO 238 BOMBER ESCORT

    VIII Fighter Command FO 238 BOMBER ESCORT

    08 February 1944
    A combined force of 553 fighters of types: P-38, P-47 and P-51 are despatched to provide escort for heavy bombers attacking the railroad marshalling yards at Frankfurt, Germany and Targets of Opportunity in the Frankfurt area. Mission Summary follows:...

  16. 8th Air Force CARPETBAGGER

    8th Air Force CARPETBAGGER

    08 February 1944
    An unknown number of B-24s are despatched from 801BG/406BS on a night "CARPETBAGGER" operation to drop weapons and supplies to French partisans.

  17. 8th Air Force 214

    8th Air Force 214

    08 February 1944
    1st Bomb Division: The railroad marshalling yards at Frankfurt, Germany are the primary target for a combined force of 120 B-17s from: 92BG; 303BG; 305BG; 306BG; 379BG; 382BG; and 482BG. 51 aircraft are effective on the target and another 39 attack...

  18. 8th Air Force ASC PHOTO RECCE

    8th Air Force ASC PHOTO RECCE

    09 February 1944
    5-F-5s from 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group are despatched on photo recce sorties over portions of France, Holland and Germany. There are no losses or claims.

  19. 8th Air Force ASC PHOTO RECCE

    8th Air Force ASC PHOTO RECCE

    10 February 1944
    1 Spitfire is despatched from 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group on a photo recce sortie over Poix, France. There are no losses or claims.

  20. 8th Air Force 216

    8th Air Force 216

    10 February 1944
    This mission is a despatch of two separate formations. One formation is a combined force of 169 B-17Fs from 3rd Bomb Division: 94BG; 95BG; 96BG; 100BG; 385BG; 388BG; 390BG; 447BG; and 482BG despatched to bomb the industrial areas of Brunswick, Germany....

  21. 8th Air Force 217 LEAFLET DROP

    8th Air Force 217 LEAFLET DROP

    10 February 1944
    5 B-17s from 305BG/422BS are despatched on a night operation to drop 260 bundles (1,300,000?) leaflets on the French cities of Rouen, Rennes, Caen and Amiens and also on Antwerp, Belgium. There are no losses or claims.

  22. VIII Fighter Command FO 239 BOMBER ESCORT

    VIII Fighter Command FO 239 BOMBER ESCORT

    10 February 1944
    This bomber escort operations is divided into two separate elements. ...

  23. 8th Air Force CARPETBAGGER

    8th Air Force CARPETBAGGER

    10 February 1944
    An unknown number of B-24s from 801BG/406BS are despatched on a night "CARPETBAGGER" operation to drop weapons and supplies to French parisans. There are no losses or claims.

  24. 8th Air Force 219 LEAFLET DROP

    8th Air Force 219 LEAFLET DROP

    11 February 1944
    5 B-17s from 305BG/422BS are despatshed on a night operation to drop 250 bundles (1,250,000?) leaflets on the Belgian cities of Ghent, Brussels and Antwerp. There are no losses or claims.

  25. VIII Fighter Command FO 240 BOMBER ESCORT

    VIII Fighter Command FO 240 BOMBER ESCORT

    11 February 1944
    This fighter escort operation is conducted by two separate fighter elements in support of heavy bomber missions attacking at Siracourt, France and Frankfurt, Germany....

  26. 8th Air Force 218

    8th Air Force 218

    11 February 1944
    This mission is composed of two separate elements. 3rd Bomb Division stands down having sustained massive losses of 29 aircraft on the previous day....

  27. 8th Air Force 220

    8th Air Force 220

    12 February 1944
    A combined force of 99 B-24s from 2nd Bomb Division: 44BG; 93BG; 389BG; and 392BG are despatched to bomb the V-Weapon site at Siracourt, France. 97 aircraft are effective on targets. 29 aircraft are damaged by AA fire. There are no aircraft or...

  28. VIII Fighter Command FO 241 BOMBER ESCORT

    VIII Fighter Command FO 241 BOMBER ESCORT

    12 February 1944
    A combined force of 125 fighters of types: P-47 and P-51 provide escort to heavy bombers attacking at Siracourt, France. The despatch includes 84 P-47s from 4FG and IX Fighter Coommand 362FG. There are no losses or claims in this force....

  29. 8th Air Force ASC PHOTO RECCE

    8th Air Force ASC PHOTO RECCE

    13 February 1944
    6 F-5s and 2 Spitfires are despatched by 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group on photo recce sorties to Germany, Holland and France. There are no losses or claims.

  30. VIII Fighter Command FO 242 BOMBER ESCORT

    VIII Fighter Command FO 242 BOMBER ESCORT

    13 February 1944
    A combined force of 232 fighters of types: P-47 and P-51 are despatched to provide escort to heavy bombers attacking V-Weapon sites in the Pas-de-Calaise area of France. Mission summary follows:...

  31. 8th Air Force 221

    8th Air Force 221

    13 February 1944
    17 V-Wepons sites in France are the primary targets for this mission. The mission is divided into two separate forces: one force of B-24s from 2nd Bomb Division and one force of B-17s from 3rd Bomb Division. Mission summary follows:...

  32. 8th Air Force 222/ VIII FC 243 FIGHTER-BOMBER

    8th Air Force 222/ VIII FC 243 FIGHTER-BOMBER

    14 February 1944
    A force of 48 P-47s from 353FG is depatched on a fighter-bomber operation to attack the German air field at Eindhoven, Holland, but it is obscrured by clouds so the force attacks the German airfield at Glize-Rijen, Holland as a secondary target. There...

  33. SHAEF organized

    SHAEF organized

    14 February 1944
    General Dwight D. Eisenhower establishes HQ Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force (SHAEF). Chief of Staff, Supreme Allied Commander (COSSAC) comes under conrtol of SHAEF.

  34. 8th Air Force ASC PHOTO RECCE

    8th Air Force ASC PHOTO RECCE

    15 February 1944
    2 F-5s from 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group are despatched on photo recce sorties over France. 1 aircraft Failed to Return (FTR) - 1EVD. The pilot reported that his aircraft was damaged by flak and he managed to bale out and evade capture.

  35. 8th Air Force 223

    8th Air Force 223

    15 February 1944
    A combined force of 54 B-24s from 2nd Bomb Division: 93BG; 389BG; 445BG; 453BG are despatched to bomb the V-Weapon site at St. Pol/Siracourt, France. 52 aircraft are effective on the target. There are no losses or claims in this force but 29 aircraft...

  36. 8th Air Force 224 FIGHTER-BOMBER

    8th Air Force 224 FIGHTER-BOMBER

    15 February 1944
    A combined force of 95 P-47s from 4FG and 356FG are despatched on a fighter-bomber operation to attack German airfields in France, but the operation is recalled. However, 34 aircraft manage to bomb the German airfield at Coxyde, France. There are no...

  37. 8th Air Force 225 LEAFLET DROP

    8th Air Force 225 LEAFLET DROP

    15 February 1944
    6 B-17s from 305BG/422BS are despatched on a night operation to drop 300 bundles (1,500,000?) leaflets on th French cities of Orleand, Chartres, Cambrai, Le Mans, Lille, and Reims. There are no losses or claims.

  38. 8th Air Force ASC PHOTO RECCE

    8th Air Force ASC PHOTO RECCE

    16 February 1944
    1 F-5 from 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group is despatched on a photo recce sortie of the Bordeaux area of France. There are no losses or claims.

  39. 8th Air Force 227 LEAFLET DROP

    8th Air Force 227 LEAFLET DROP

    20 February 1944
    5 B-17s from 305BG/422BS are despatched on a night operation to drop 200 bundles (1,000,000?) leaflets on the French cities of Tours, Nantes, Brest and Lorient. 1 aircraft is forced to abort because of aircraft mechanical failures. There are no losses...

  40. 8th Air Force ASC PHOTO RECCE

    8th Air Force ASC PHOTO RECCE

    20 February 1944
    2 F-5s from 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group are depatched on photo recce sorties to Germany and France. There are no losses or claims.

  41. VIII Fighter Command FO 245 BOMBER ESCORT

    VIII Fighter Command FO 245 BOMBER ESCORT

    20 February 1944
    A combined force of 835 fighters of types: P-38, P-47 and P-51 is assembled and despatched to provide escort to the first BIG WEEK mission heavy bombers attacking at Leipzig and Brunswick, Germany. The combined total of all claims against enemy...

  42. 8th Air Force 226 BIG WEEK - DAY 1

    8th Air Force 226 BIG WEEK - DAY 1

    20 February 1944
    This mission is the opening salvo of the Allied Combined Bomber Offensive known officially as "Operation Argument" but remembered in 8th Air Force History as "BIG WEEK". The immediate strategic objective of this six-day operation is the degradation of...

  43. 8th Air Force ASC PHOTO RECCE

    8th Air Force ASC PHOTO RECCE

    21 February 1944
    1 F-5 and 1 Spitfire from 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group are despatched on photo recce sorties to the Poix area of France. There are no losses or claims.

  44. 8th Air Force 229 LEAFLET DROP

    8th Air Force 229 LEAFLET DROP

    21 February 1944
    5 B-17s from 305BG/422BS are depatched on a night operation to drop 250 bundles (1,250,000) leaflets on the French cities of Rouen, Caen, Paris and Amiens. There are no losses or claims.

  45. 8th Air Force FO 246 BOMBER ESCORT

    8th Air Force FO 246 BOMBER ESCORT

    21 February 1944
    A combined force of fighters of types: P-38; P-47; and P-51s are despatched to escort the heavy bombers attacking airfields in Germany. Mission Summary follows:...

  46. 8th Air Force 228 BIG WEEK - DAY 2

    8th Air Force 228 BIG WEEK - DAY 2

    21 February 1944
    Day 2 of BIG WEEK is another maximum effort by 8th Air Force to bomb 6 airfields in Germany as primary targets: Diepholz, Gütersloh, Lippstadt, Werl, Achmer and Handorf. In addition the industrial areas of Brunswick city are included as a primary...

  47. 8TH AIR FORCE REORGANIZATION

    8TH AIR FORCE REORGANIZATION

    22 February 1944
    On 22-Feb-1944 The United States Strategic and Tactical Air Forces (USSTAF) of Europe is established and the 8th Air Force absorbs the VIII Bomber Command, VIII Fighter Command and VIII Air Support Command under a single Headquarters. Organization of...

  48. 8th Air Force FO 247 BOMBER ESCORT

    8th Air Force FO 247 BOMBER ESCORT

    22 February 1944
    A combined force of 659 fighters of types: P-38; P-47 and P-51 are desdpatched to provide escort to the heavy bomber attacking the GErman aircraft industry on Day of of BIG WEEK. Mission Summary follows:...

  49. 8th Air Force 230 BIG WEEK - DAY 3

    8th Air Force 230 BIG WEEK - DAY 3

    22 February 1944
    The German aircraft industry is again targeted in Day 3 of BIG WEEK. A combined total od 789 bombers (maximum effort) are despathed from 1st 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions. Fighter opposition is heavy and bomber losses in 1st Air Division are massive - 39...

  50. 8th AF 231 & FO 249 FIGHTER BOMBER BIG WEEK - DAY 4

    8th AF 231 & FO 249 FIGHTER BOMBER BIG WEEK - DAY 4

    23 February 1944
    40 P-38s from 20FG are despatched to make a high altitude sweep of the coastal areas of NW France, Holland & Belgium as a familiarization exercise. There are no losses or claims. The 8th Air Force takes a brief respite from BIG WEEK on this date....