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VIII Air Support Command 10A & 10B

30 July 1943

Official description

Not yet known

Description

This mission is comprised of two elements and was officially designated as missions 10A and 10B. The first element was 24 B-26s from 386BG to attack the German airfield at Woensdrecht, Holland. 1 B-26 Failed to Return (FTR)-6KIA 1POW and another crashed on take-off -8RTD. This is the first combat mission for the 386BG. The bomber gunners claim 6-5-1 of enemy aircraft (statistics not clear if any of these were ground kills).

The second element was a formation of 24 B-26s from 323BG despatched to attack the German airfiled of Wevelghem at Courtrai, Belgium. This formation was recalled because the fighter escort was fog bound. No losses or claims.

Mission details

1. COURTRAI

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

B-26 Marauder

Notes

Mission recalled because fighter escort is fog bound on ground

Units

  • 323rd Bomb Group

    323rd Bomb Group

    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 None
Number of aircraft Sent 24

2. WOENSDRECHT

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

B-26 Marauder

Notes

386th Bomb Group first mission. First attacks made by enemy aircraft on B-26s at medium altitude. One B-26 from 386th Bomb Group crashes on take-off.

Units

  • 386th Bomb Group

    386th Bomb Group

    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 13.20
Number of aircraft Sent 24
Number of aircraft Effective 11
Number of aircraft Missing In Action 1
Number of aircraft Damaged Beyond Repair 1
Number of aircraft Damaged 5
Number of people Killed In Action 6
Number of people Prisoners of War 1
Number of people Returned To Duty 8
Enemy aircraft claimed as Destroyed by Bomber Command 6
Enemy aircraft claimed as Probably Destroyed by Bomber Command 5
Enemy aircraft claimed as Damaged by Bomber Command 1

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
11 May 2015 19:44:58 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
Sources

Lee Cunningham 11-May-2015. Added bomber gunner claims against enemy aircraft to Woensdrecht statisitics per "The Mighty Eighth War Diary" Roger A. Freeman.

Date Contributor Update
11 May 2015 19:43:03 Lee8thbuff Changes to name and description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 11-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
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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