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VIII Air Support Command 16A

9 August 1943

Official description

Not yet known


This mission of VIII Air Support Command was conducted with two elements and designated as mission 11A and 11B both of which had the German airfield of Ft. Rouge at St. Omer, France as the target. The "A" element is a formation of 36 B-26s despatched from 386BG. Could cover on the target prevented bombing. There are no losses or claims in this element, although 4 aircraft are damaged by anti-aircraft fire.

Mission details




Aircraft type

B-26 Marauder


Clouds prevented bombing. One B-26-B is lost over France to friendly fire from a Spitfire when it was misidentified by the fighter pilot. Tail number 41-31634, MACR 164. This was not included in the loss total for this mission. 6Killed in Action (KIA)


  • 386th Bomb Group

    386th Bomb 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

Tonnage dropped None
Number of aircraft Sent 36
Number of aircraft Missing In Action 1
Number of aircraft Damaged 4
Number of people Killed In Action 6
Number of people Wounded in Action 6



  • 41-31633 Hot Pistol

    B-26 Marauder
    9 August 1943 - piloted by Lt Danforth on mission to bomb St. Omer, France. Target obscured by cloud. Joseph McIntyre was the bombardier. It was Joseph's first mission.


Date Contributor Update
15 May 2015 17:00:32 Lee8thbuff Changes to description

Lee Cunningham 15-May-2015. Added Mission Narrative based on "The Mighty EIghth War Dairy", Roger A. Freeman.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:43:15 AAM AAM ingest

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'.