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VIII Air Support Command 39B & 40

31 August 1943

Official description

Not yet known

Description

VIII ASC 39B - 36 B-26s from 387BG are despatched to bomb the German airfield at Lille/Vendeville, France. All 36 are effective on the target, but one aircraft Fails to Return (FTR)-5KIA 1POW. There are no bomber gunner claims against enemy aircraft.

VIII ASC 40 72 B-26s from: 322BG (36) and 386BG (36) are despatched to bomb military targets at Hesdin, France. The target is totally obscured by clouds and the bombers are recalled. There are no losses or claims.

Mission details

1. LILLE/VENDEVILLE

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

B-26 Marauder

Notes

Not yet known

Units

  • 387th Bomb Group

    387th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 387th Bomb Group flew just under thirty missions with the Eighth Air Force before being transferred to the Ninth Air Force in October 1943. The Group remained at Chipping Ongar, Essex after being reassigned and continued to hit targets in France....

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 53.85
Number of aircraft Sent 36
Number of aircraft Effective 36
Number of aircraft Missing In Action 1
Number of aircraft Damaged 11
Number of people Killed In Action 5
Number of people Wounded in Action 2
Number of people Prisoners of War 1

Service

People

  • Robert Abell

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Engineer/Gunner | 387th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 31-Aug-43 in B-26B 41-31653 "King Bee" [KX:M] while serving Engineer/Gunner. The aircraft was struck by anti-aircraft fire and crashed while bombing the German airfield at Lille/Vendeville, France. Loss documented on MACR 471 but...

  • Ernest Anderson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 387th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 31-Aug-43 in B-26B 41-31653 "King Bee" [KX:M] while serving as pilot. The aircraft was struck by anti-aircraft fire and crashed while bombing the German airfield at Lille/Vendeville, France. PH

  • Earl Miller

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator/Bombardier | 387th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 31-Aug-43 in B-26B 41-31653 "King Bee" [KX:M] while serving as Navigator/Bombardier. The aircraft was struck by anti-aircraft fire and crashed while bombing the German airfield at Lille/Vendeville, France. Loss documented on MACR...

  • William Powers

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator/Gunner | 387th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) on 31-Aug-43 in B-26B 41-31653 "King Bee" [KX:M] while serving as Radio Operator. The aircraft was struck by anti-aircraft fire and crashed while bombing the German airfield at Lille/Vendeville, France.

  • Harry Seth

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 387th Bomb Group
    Captured as Prisoner of War (POW) 31-Aug-43 in B-26B 41-31653 "King Bee" [KX:M] while serving as gunner. The aircraft was struck by anti-aircraft fire and crashed while bombing the German airfield at Lille/Vendeville, France, he managed to bale out of...

  • Louis Stevenson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 387th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 31-Aug-43 in B-26B 41-31653 "King Bee" [KX:M] while serving as Co-Pilot. The aircraft was struck by anti-aircraft fire and crashed while bombing the German airfield at Lille/Vendeville, France.

Aircraft

  • 41-31653 King Bee

    B-26 Marauder
    B-26B-15-MA 41-31653 "King Bee" [KX:M]was assigned to the 353BG/558BS at Chipping Onger, UK. The aircraft was despatched on 31-Aug-43 along with 35 others to bomb the German airfield at Lille/Vendeville, France. The aircraft was struck by anti-aircaft...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
28 May 2015 20:47:06 Lee8thbuff Changes to name and description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 28-May-2015. Added Mission Narrative based on "The Mighth 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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