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VIII Air Support Command 51

6 September 1943

Official description

Not yet known

Description

Railroad marshalling yards in France are the targets of this two-element mission. The first element is a formation of 72 B-26s from: 323BG (36) and 322BG (36) despatched to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Amiens, France. This is the second mission of the day for these groups. Their first mission that morning (to Ghent) was cancelled when the fighter escort was grounded due to weather. 66 are effective on the target at 1755hrs. There are no losses or claims.

The second element is a formation of 72 B-26s from: 386BG (36) and 387BG (36) despatched to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Serqueux, France. This is the second mission of the day for these Groups. 70 are effective on the target. There are no losses or claims, but 3 aircraft are damaged.

Mission details

1. AMIENS / SERQUEUX

Description

MARSHALLING YARDS

Aircraft type

B-26 Marauder

Notes

Not yet known

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...

  • 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 99.00
Number of aircraft Sent 72
Number of aircraft Effective 66

2. SERQUEUX

Description

MARSHALLING YARDS

Aircraft type

B-26 Marauder

Notes

Not yet known

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...

  • 397th Bomb Group

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 99.00
Number of aircraft Sent 72
Number of aircraft Effective 70
Number of aircraft Damaged 3

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
31 May 2015 19:23:28 Lee8thbuff Changes to description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 31-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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