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VIII Air Support Command 20

15 August 1943

Official description

Not yet known


The railroad marshalling yards at Abbeville, France are the target for 21 B-26s despatched from 323rd Bomb Group. The attack is conducted at 1933 hrs (near sunset). 19 of the aircraft are effective in attacking the target. There are no losses or claims, although 9 are damage and one airman is wounded.

Mission details




Aircraft type

B-26 Marauder


The 323rd Bomb Group (B-26) flies its first mission. They accidently drop a 1000GP bomb in a field two miles south of Redhill, England - no injuries, but frightened cows.


  • 323rd Bomb Group

    323rd Bomb Group

    The 323rd Bombardment Group operated with B-26 Marauders, American medium bombers. They were the first Eighth Air Force Group to fly a medium level bombing mission with this aircraft on 16 July 1943. After flying a total of 33 missions with the Eighth,...

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 27.00
Number of aircraft Sent 21
Number of aircraft Effective 19
Number of aircraft Damaged 9
Number of people Wounded in Action 1


Date Contributor Update
16 May 2015 20:38:12 Lee8thbuff Changes to description

Lee Cunningham 16-May-2015. Added Mission Narrative based on "The Mighty Eighth War Diary", 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'.