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VIII Air Support Command 66

22 September 1943

Official description

Not yet known

Description

This mission was comprised of two elements of B-26 Bombers (M) despatched to bomb the German airfields of Beauvais/Tille and Evereux/Fauville, France. The first element was a combined force of 72 B-26s from 322BG (36) and 387BG (36) that were despatched to bomb at Beauvais/Tille, France. However, the fighter escort taht ws to accompany the attack was recalled due to weather, so the formation was recalled. There were no losses or claims.

The second element was a formation of 72 B-26s from : 323BG (36) and 386BG (36) despatcehd to bomb at Evereux/Fauville, France. 70 aircraft were effective on the target. There were no losses or claims.

Mission details

1. BEAUVAIS/TILLE

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

B-26 Marauder

Notes

Recalled due to weather.

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...

  • 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 None
Number of aircraft Sent 72

2. EVREUX/FAUVILLE

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

B-26 Marauder

Notes

Not yet known

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,...

  • 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 105.15
Number of aircraft Sent 72
Number of aircraft Effective 70

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 June 2015 20:05:24 Lee8thbuff Changes to description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 27-Jun-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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