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VIII Air Support Command 73

27 September 1943

Official description

Not yet known

Description

The German airfield of Beauvais/Tille is the target for a combined force of 72 B-26s despatched from: 322BG (36) and 387BG (36). 65 are effective on the target. There are no losses, but 1 aircraft sustains damage over the target and crashlands at Chipping Ongar on return. The Engineer baled out and was captured 1POW 5RTD. 23 other aircraft are damaged. The bomber gunners claim 4-6-4 of attacking German aircraft.

Mission details

1. BEAUVAIS/TILLE (Primary)

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

B-26 Marauder

Notes

1 from 387th Bomb Group crash-land s at base 2RTD, but four parachuted over enemy territory and are Missing in Action (MIA).

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...

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 175.90
Number of aircraft Sent 72
Number of aircraft Effective 65
Number of aircraft Damaged Beyond Repair 1
Number of aircraft Damaged 23
Number of people Prisoners of War 1
Number of people Returned To Duty 5
Enemy aircraft claimed as Destroyed by Bomber Command 4
Enemy aircraft claimed as Probably Destroyed by Bomber Command 6
Enemy aircraft claimed as Damaged by Bomber Command 4

Service

People

  • William Megonegal

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Engineer | 387th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW). Baled out on Sept. 27, 1943 returning from mission to Beauvais/ Tille airfield in B-26B 41-31666 'Wuneach'. The was hit by flak over target then attacked by fighters just before the coast setting the bomb bay on fire. The other 5...

  • George Snyder

    Military | Colonel | Pilot | 387th Bomb Group
    Crash landed at Chipping Ongar 27-Sep-43 returning from mission to Beauvais/Tille airfield in B-26B 41-31666 'Wuneach'. The aircraft was hit by flak over target then attacked by fighters before the coast setting the bomb bay on fire. The Engineer baled...

Aircraft

  • 41-31666 Wuneach Airplane

    B-26 Marauder
    B-26B-15-MA 41-31666 was assigned to the 387BG/558BS at Chipping Ongar, UK. On 27-Sep-43 the Bomb Group was despatched on a mission to bomb the German airfield at Beauvaus/Tille, France. The aircraft was hit by flak over the target and later on...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
29 June 2015 20:16:26 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
Sources

Lee Cunningham 29-Jun-2015. Added bomber gunner claims on enemy aircraft per "The Mighty Eighth War Diary", Roger A. Freeman.

Date Contributor Update
29 June 2015 20:14:50 Lee8thbuff Changes to description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 29-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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