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VIII Air Support Command ANTI-SUB PATROL

18 August 1943

Official description

Not yet known


This operation was an anti-submarine patrol over the North Sea off the Holland/Belgium coast by a B-24 despatched by 479th Anti-Submarine Group/19th Anti-Submarine Squadron. The aircraft was shot down by enemy aircraft and ditched into the North Sea. 4KIA 6RTD (rescued by ASR). Those rescued spent 5 days adrift in a raft. This operation is not recorded in Roger Freeman's "Mighty Eighth War Diary" but the loss is documentd on Missing Air Crew Report (MACR) 363 and recorded in "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces", Stan Bishop & John A. Hey, MBE.

Mission details




Aircraft type

B-24 Liberator


Not yet known

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 19.00
Number of aircraft Sent 1
Number of aircraft Effective 1
Number of aircraft Missing In Action 1
Number of people Killed In Action 4
Number of people Returned To Duty 6




Date Contributor Update
24 May 2015 17:09:07 Lee8thbuff Changes to name, description and aircraft associations

Lee Cunningham 24-May-2015. Added Mission Narrative based on "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces", Stan Bishop & John A. Hey, MBE and MACR 363.

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'.