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VIII Air Support Command 4

26 July 1943

Official description

Not yet known

Description

18 B-26s from 323BG are despatched to attack the German airfield at St. Omer/Ft. Rouge, France but the target is obscured by clouds and the force attacks the German airfield Longuenesse at St.Omer instead. 15 of these aircraft are effective on the target. 4 are damaged. There are no losses or claims.

Mission details

1. ST OMER/LONGUENESSE

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

B-26 Marauder

Notes

St. Omer/Ft. Rouge Air Depot was the primary but cloud cover prevented bombing. Force bombed the Longuenesse Air Field instead. A fighter sweep of the Rouen, France area supported this attack.

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 14.80
Number of aircraft Sent 16
Number of aircraft Effective 15
Number of aircraft Damaged 4

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
09 May 2015 16:57:08 Lee8thbuff Changes to date and description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 9-May-2015. Corrected mission date and 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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