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VIII Air Support Command 23

17 August 1943

Official description

Not yet known

Description

This mission was planned as a diversion in support of the in-bound Schweinfurt element B-17s. 36 B-26s from 386BG were despatched to attack the German airfield at Bryas (Sud), France, which they did at 1051hrs that morning. Roger A. Freeman's "The Mighty Eighth War Diary" includes a despatch of 36 B-26s from 387BG but these were recalled by the RAF fighter escort. 29 of the 36 from 386BG were effective on the target. There were no losses or claims, although 2 were damaged by anti-aircraft fire. The RAF provided Spitfires as escort fighters.

Mission details

1. BRYAS SUD

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

B-26 Marauder

Notes

RAF provides fighter support.

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 34.80
Number of aircraft Sent 36
Number of aircraft Effective 29
Number of aircraft Damaged 2

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
18 May 2015 18:58:29 Lee8thbuff Changes to description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 18-May-2015. Added attack time to Mission Narrative per "The Mighty EIghth War Diary", Roger A. Freeman.

Date Contributor Update
18 May 2015 18:54:54 Lee8thbuff Changes to description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 18-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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