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VIII Air Support Command 16B

9 August 1943

Official description

Not yet known

Description

This is the 11B element of VIII Air Support Command mission #11. This element is a formation of 36 B-26s despatched by 322BG to bomb the German airfield of Ft. Rouge at St. Omer, France. Could cover over the target prevents bombing but 1 aircraft manages to hit the target. There are no losses or claims, although 7 aircraft sustain damage from anti-aircraft fire.

Mission details

1. ST OMER/FT ROUGE

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

B-26 Marauder

Notes

Only one B-26 is able to bomb the target because of clouds.

Units

  • 322nd Bomb Group

    322nd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 322nd Bombardment Squadron (Medium) was activated on 19-Jun-1942 at MacDill Field, Florida with B-26B Marauder aircraft. In late September 1942 the unit moved to Drane Field, Florida. The Ground echelon sailed for the UK aboard the Queen Elizabeth...

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 1.25
Number of aircraft Sent 36
Number of aircraft Effective 1
Number of aircraft Damaged 7

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
15 May 2015 17:04:14 Lee8thbuff Changes to description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 15-May-2015. Added Mission Narrative based on "The Mighty EIghth War Dairy", 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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