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6 June 1944

Official description

Eighth reaches its top strength as 493d Bomb Group (H) becomes operational, making a total of 40 Heavy Bomber Groups now operational. Heavy Bombers fly 4 missions in spite of the invasion of Normandy.

The third mission is dispatched against the important communications center of Caen. 56 B-24’s bomb through overcast skies.

Transportation chokepoints in towns immediately S and E of assault area are the objectives of the fourth mission for the Eighth. 553 HBs bomb targets including Vire, Saint- Lo, Coutances, Falaise, Lisieux, Thury-Harcourt, Pont-l’Eveque, Argentan, and Conde-sur-Noireau. In all, 1,729 HBs of Eighth AF drop 3,596 tons of bombs during D-Day, suffering only 3 losses (to ground fire and a collision).

Description

D-Day. Start of Operation Overlord.

Mission details

1.

Description

HIGHWAY ROAD JUNCTIONS

Aircraft type

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2. ARGENTAN

Description

HIGHWAY ROAD JUNCTIONS

Aircraft type

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3. CAEN (Primary)

Description

COMMUNICATIONS CENTER

Aircraft type

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Notes

The 2nd Bomb Division was made up of all 2nd Bomb Division Bomb Groups.

Units

  • 2nd Bomb Division

    2nd Bomb Division

    Division
    The groups under the command of the 2nd Bomb Wing came under the command of the 2nd Bomb Division in August 1943. In December 1944, the Division was redesginated the 2nd Air Division.

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 157 T

4. CONDE-SUR-NOIREAU

Description

HIGHWAY ROAD JUNCTIONS

Aircraft type

Not yet known

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5. COUTANCES

Description

HIGHWAY ROAD JUNCTIONS

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6. FALAISE

Description

HIGHWAY ROAD JUNCTIONS

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7. LISIEUX

Description

HIGHWAY ROAD JUNCTIONS

Aircraft type

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8. NORMANDY BEACHEAD

Description

HIGHWAY ROAD JUNCTIONS.

Aircraft type

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Notes

These attacks were made in the afternoon. Transportation chokepoints South and East of the assault area are targeted.

D-Day : Everyone knew that "The Invasion" would be soon and everyone was ready to get going with it. It was one of those moments that one knew was going to be momentous even before it happen and everyone wanted to be a part of it. The 388th BG's part was chosen to lead the entire 8th Air Force that day.

Units

  • 1st Bomb Division

    1st Bomb Division

    Division
    The groups under the command of the 1st Bomb Wing came under the command of the 1st Bomb Division in August 1943. In December 1944, the Division was redesginated the 1st Air Division.

  • 2nd Bomb Division

    2nd Bomb Division

    Division
    The groups under the command of the 2nd Bomb Wing came under the command of the 2nd Bomb Division in August 1943. In December 1944, the Division was redesginated the 2nd Air Division.

  • 3rd Bomb Division

    3rd Bomb Division

    Division
    The 3rd Bomb Division was Constituted in August 1943. In December 1944, the Division was redesginated the 3rd Air Division.

  • 388th Bomb Group

    388th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 388th Bomb Group flew strategic bombing mission from Knettishall, Suffolk from June 1943 to the end of the war. During this time, though, detachments were sent to Fersfield, Norfolk to conduct Aphrodite missions. In these Aphrodite missions veteran...

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 1,490 T

9. PONT-L'EVEQUE

Description

HIGHWAY ROAD JUNCTIONS

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

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Mission Statistics

10. SAINT LO

Description

HIGHWAY ROAD JUNCTIONS

Aircraft type

Not yet known

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11. THURY-HARCOURT

Description

HIGHWAY ROAD JUNCTIONS

Aircraft type

Not yet known

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12. VIRE

Description

HIGHWAY ROAD JUNCTIONS

Aircraft type

Not yet known

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Service

People

  • Robert Allison

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 94th Bomb Group
    Flew 26 missions on 'Mission Bell', was wounded on 26th mission. Purple Heart, 4 Air Medals

  • Arthur Aull

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 446th Bomb Group

  • Thomas Barton

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    newly assigned May 1944

  • Paul Blow

    Military | Colonel | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Blow flew 27 Missions, the last of which was on D-Day, 6 June 1944.

  • James Braa

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball turret gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    James Braa served as a ball turret gunner with the 566th Bomb Squadron of the 389th Bomb Group, flying bombing missions out of Hethel, England. He completed his tour of 30 missions between March and June 1944, flying his final two missions on D-Day.

  • Palmer Bryan

    Military | 446th Bomb Group

  • Nicholas Duncan

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group

  • Wallace Hailey

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 78th Fighter Group
    Crashed into the English Channel on 6 Jun 44 following a ground explosion when debris hit his, and several other, P-47s. Wallace bailed out and was rescued unhurt by ASR. ...

  • Russell Hatchett

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    S/Sgt. Russell T. Hatchett “Tom” Ball Turret Gunner ...

  • Joseph Jennings

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier; Navigator; Bombardier Instructor | 379th Bomb Group
    Joe Jennings served as a bombardier and navigator with the 525th Bomb Squadron of the 379th Bomb Group, flying missions out of Kimbolton, England. While Joe is at Alconbury receiving Radar training, he learns about the crash of April 11 that kills John...

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Aircraft

  • 42-38052 Lucky Stehley Boy, Hotshot Green

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17G-25-DL 42-38052 was one of 2,400 B-17 Flying Fortress four-engine heavy bombers built under license by the Douglas Aircraft Company at Long Beach, California from 1943 to 1945. -052 was delivered to the U.S. Army Air Forces on Christmas Eve, 24...

  • 42-97206 Woolf Pack

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 6/2/44; Gr Island 25/2/44; Presque Is 10/3/44; Assigned 452BG Deopham Green 16/3/44; damaged in taxi collision with 42-107225 at Hardwick Afd 7/6/44; Missing in Action Frankfurt 25/9/44 with Gaston Efird, Co-pilot: Bruce Merickle,...

  • 42-8531 Butch II

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    P-47 Thunderbolt Serial 42-8531 assigned to the 353rd Fighter Group/ 352nd Fighter Squadron was flown on D-Day, 6 June 1944 by Lt Clifford F. Armstrong.

  • 41-51121 Niagara Special

    B-24 Liberator

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
25 January 2019 15:20:59 general ira snapsorter Changes to official description and media associations
Sources

USAAF Combat Chronology.

Date Contributor Update
04 March 2015 16:51:51 general ira snapsorter Changes to event
Sources

Information sent by Dick Read relating to Arthur M. Read and the 388th Bomb Group.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:43:06 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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