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VIII Air Support Command 63

19 September 1943

Official description

Not yet known

Description

This mission is a combined force of 72 B-26s from 386BG (36) and 387BG (36) despatched to bomb the German airfield at Lille/Nord, France. 387BG does not bomb and only 18 from 386BG are effective on the target. There are no losses or claims but 10 aircraft from 387BG are damaged.

Mission details

1. LILLE/NORD

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

B-26 Marauder

Notes

Hampered by clouds and weather. 386th Bomb Group unable to hit target because of clouds.

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...

  • 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 25.65
Number of aircraft Sent 72
Number of aircraft Effective 18
Number of aircraft Damaged 10
Number of people Wounded in Action 4

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
26 June 2015 18:48:55 Lee8thbuff Changes to description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 26-Jun-2015. Added Mission Description 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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