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VIII Air Support Command 24

17 August 1943

Official description

Not yet known


This mission was planned as a diversion for the out-bound B-17s attacking at Schweinfurt. 36 B-26s from the 323BG were despatched to attack the German airfield at Poix (Nord), France, which they did at 1552hrs. 35 of these aircraft were effective on the target. There were no losses or claims but 20 of the aircraft were damaged by anti-aircraft fire. 1 airman was WIA.

Mission details




Aircraft type

B-26 Marauder


387th Bomb Group recalled by fighter escort.


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  • 387th Bomb Group

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Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 41.85
Number of aircraft Sent 72
Number of aircraft Effective 35
Number of aircraft Damaged 20
Number of people Wounded in Action 1


Date Contributor Update
18 May 2015 19:03:04 Lee8thbuff Changes to description

Lee Cunningham 18-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'.