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VIII Air Support Command 41

2 September 1943

Official description

Not yet known

Description

This mission is composed of two elements. The first element is a formation of 36-B-26s from 386BG despatched to bomb the power station at Rouen, France. The target is obscured by clouds, so the formation diverts to bomb the secondary target of the power station at Mazingarbe, France. 35 of the aircraft are effective at Mazingarbe. There are no losses or claims.

The second element is a fromation of 36 B-26s from 387BG despatched to bomb the German airfield at Poix/Nord, France. The target is obscured by clouds so the formation diverts to attempt to bomb the German airfiled of Lille/Nord. That target is also obscured by clouds and the bombers return without bombing. 1 aircraft Failed to Return (FTR) 3KIA 3POW and 13 are damaged. In addition 5 airmen are Wounded in Action (WIA).

Mission details

1. Rouen, France

Description

POWER STATION

Aircraft type

B-26 Marauder

Notes

36 B-26s from 386BG are despatched to bomb the power station at Rouen, France. Cloud cover obscured the target and the bombers divert to bomb the seconday target of the power station at Mazingarbe, France.

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

Number of aircraft Sent 36

2. Poix, France

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

B-26 Marauder

Notes

36 B-26s from 387BG are despatched to bomb the German airfield at Poix/Nord, France. The target is obscured by clouds and the bombers return without bombing. There are no losses or claims.

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

Number of aircraft Sent 36

3. Lille, France

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

B-26 Marauder

Notes

36 B-26s from 387BG are despatched to bomb the German airfield at Poix/Nord, France. The target is obscured by clouds so the element diverts to attempt to bomb the German airfield at Lille/Nord but that target is also aboscured by clouds and the bombers return without bombing. 1 aircraft Fails to Return (FTR) 3KIA 3POW and 13 are damaged.

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

Number of aircraft Sent 36
Number of aircraft Missing In Action 1
Number of aircraft Damaged 13
Number of people Killed In Action 3
Number of people Wounded in Action 5
Number of people Prisoners of War 3

4. Mazingarbe, France

Description

POWER STATION

Aircraft type

B-26 Marauder

Notes

36 B-17s from 386BG are despatched to bomb the power station at Rouen, France but the target is obscured by clouds. The formation then diverts to the secondary target of the power station at Mazingarbe, France. 35 aircraft are effective on this target. There are no losses or claims.

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 49.93
Number of aircraft Sent 36
Number of aircraft Effective 35

Service

People

  • James Hamilton

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Engineer/Gunner | 387th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW). 2-Sep-43 in B-26B 41-31629 'Janet's Dream' was on a mission to Lille/ Nord AF when the aircraft was hit by flak and exploded near French coast and crashed at Bergues, France. Hamilton and TG George Hodgson were blown clear to...

  • George Hodgson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 387th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW). Shot down 2-Sep-43 in B-26B #41-31629 'Janet's Dream' while serving as Tail Gunner. Aircraft was on a mission to bomb the German airfield of Lille/Nord AF when it was hit by flak and exploded near French coast, crashing at...

  • August Restaino

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator/Gunner | 387th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) on 2-Sep-43 in B-26B 41-31629 'Janet's Dream' while serving as Radio Operator. Aircraft was on a mission to bobm the German airfield at Lille/Nord, France. The aircraft was hit by flak and exploded near French coast near Bergues,...

  • Andrew Ryan

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator; Bombardier | 387th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) on 2 September 1943 in B-26B 41-31629 'Janet's Dream' while serving as Navigator/Bombardier. The aircraft was on a mission to bomb the German airfield of Lille/Nord, France when the aircraft was hit by flak and exploded near...

  • William Vosburgh

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 387th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) on 2-Sep-43 in B-26B 41-31629 'Janet's Dream' while serving as Pilot. The aircraft was on a mission to bomb the German airfield of Lille/Nord, France when it was hit by flak and exploded near French coast crashing a Bergues, France.

Aircraft

  • 41-31629 Janets Dream

    B-26 Marauder
    B-26B-15-MA 41-31629 was assigned to the 387BG/559BS at Chipping Ongar, UK. The aircraft was despatched on 2-Sep-43 to bomb the German airfield at Poix/Nord, France but the target was obsucred by clouds so the formation diverted to attack the airfield...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
29 May 2015 19:08:18 Lee8thbuff Changes to description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 29-May-2015. Corrected typo in Mission Narrative.

Date Contributor Update
29 May 2015 19:06:54 Lee8thbuff Changes to description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 29-May-2015. Added Mission Narrative based on "The Mighty Eighth War Diary", ROger A. Freeman and "USAAF Combat Chronology", Jack McKillop.

Date Contributor Update
29 May 2015 18:56:40 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
Sources

Lee Cunningham 29-May-2015. Added Tonnage to mission statistics for Mazingarbe per "The Mighty Eighth War Diary", Roger A Freeman.

Date Contributor Update
29 May 2015 18:53:13 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
Sources

Lee Cunningham 29-May-2015. Edited Mission event title to Lille, France per "The Mighty Eighth War Diary", Roger A. Freman and "USAAF Combat Chronology", Jack McKillop.

Date Contributor Update
29 May 2015 18:51:02 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
Sources

Lee Cunningham 28-May-2015. Edited Rouen Mission event Notes to include diversion of formattion to Mazingarbe power station per "The Mighty Eight War Diary" Roger A. Freeman and "USAAF COmbat Chronology" Jack McKillop.

Date Contributor Update
29 May 2015 18:46:28 Lee8thbuff Created event
Sources

Lee Cunningham 29-May-2015. Added Mission Event, unit connections and statistics to Mazingarbe event per "The Mighty Eighth War Diary:, Roger A. Freeman and "USAAF Combat Chronology" Jack McKillop.

Date Contributor Update
29 May 2015 18:39:56 Lee8thbuff Created event
Sources

Lee Cunningham 29-May-2015. Added Mission event, unit connection, statistics to Poix/Nord - Lille/Nord statistics per "The Mighty Eighth War Diary" Roger A. Freeman and "USAAF Combat Chronology", Jack McKillop.

Date Contributor Update
29 May 2015 18:26:02 Lee8thbuff Created event
Sources

Lee Cunningham 28-May-2015. Added Mission Event, unit connection and map connection to target of Poix/Nord airfield per "The Mighty Eighth War Diary", Roger A. Freeman and "USAAF Combat Chronology", Jack McKillop.

Date Contributor Update
29 May 2015 18:20:27 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
Sources

Lee Cunningham 28-May-2014. Corrected Mission Events details, target and statistics per "The Mighty Eighth War Diary" Roger A. Freeman and "USAAF Combat Chronology", Jack Mckillop

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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