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VIII Air Support Command 25A

18 August 1943

Official description

Not yet known

Description

36 B-26s from 322BG are despatched to bomb the German airfield at Lille/Vendeville, France, but the target is obscured by clouds and the German airfield at Ypres/Vlamertingue, Belgium is bombed as a target of opportunity by 22 aircraft. There are no losses or claims but 23 aircraft are damaged by anti-aircraft fire.

Mission details

1. LILLE/VENDEVILLE

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

B-26 Marauder

Notes

Original primary was Lille/Vendeville but because of mechanical problems with communication equipment and bombsight in the lead plane the Ypres-Vendeville airfield is hit instead.

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 30.90
Number of aircraft Sent 36
Number of aircraft Effective 22
Number of aircraft Damaged 33

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 May 2015 17:17:32 Lee8thbuff Changes to description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 24-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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