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VIII Air Support Command 11A

31 July 1943

Official description

Not yet known

Description

This is element A of VIII ASC Mission #11. 21 B-26s from 323BG are despatched to bomb the German airfield at Merville, France. 20 of these aircraft are effective on the target. There are no losses or claims but 2 aircraft are damaged.

Mission details

1. MERVILLE

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

B-26 Marauder

Notes

First occasion where bombers are sent out on 2nd mission on the same day. First mission for 322nd Bomb Group since the horrific debacle of 17-May-43 when their whole force was destroyed.

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 23.25
Number of aircraft Sent 21
Number of aircraft Effective 20
Number of aircraft Damaged 2

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
12 May 2015 21:08:20 Lee8thbuff Changes to description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 12-May-2015. Edited Mission Narrative.

Date Contributor Update
12 May 2015 20:57:35 Lee8thbuff Changes to description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 12-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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