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VIII Air Support Command 80

8 October 1943

Official description

Not yet known

Description

The German airfields at Lille/Vendeville and Chievres, France are the intended targets of this mission. 144 B-26 from: 323BG (36); 386BG (36); 322BG (36); and 387BG (36) are depatched but the mission is abandoned because of weather. This is the last mission with VIII ASC for 322BG and 386BG. These groups will be transferred to 9th Air Force effective 16-Oct-43 and be used as tactical support for ground forces until the end of the war.

NOTE: 322BG flew 45 operations with the 8th Air Force (including recalls) in 1,386 sorties and dropped 1,119 tons of bombs. Aircraft losses were 12 MIA.

386BG flew 37 operations with the 8th Air Force (including recalls) in 1,201 sorties and dropped 904 tons of bombs. Aircraft losses were 6 MIA.

Mission details

1. VENDEVILLE / CHIEVRES / LILLE

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

B-26 Marauder

Notes

Aborted dues to haze and weather. This is the last combat mission for the 322nd Bomb Group with the 8th Air Force. They are-assignedto the 9th Air Force on 16-Oct-43 and used as tactical support for ground forces to the end of the war. They have flown 45 missions (includes recalls) in 1,386 sorties and dropped 1,119 tons of bombs with 8th Air Force. They report 12 aircraft Missing in Action (MIA) with 8th Air Force. This is the last combat mission for the 386th Bomb Group with 8th Air Force. They are-assignedto 9th Air Force on 16-Oct-43 and used as tactical support for ground forces to the end of the war. They have flown 37 missions (includes recalls) in 1,201 sorties and dropped 904 tons of bombs with 8th Air Force. They report 6 aircraft Missing in Action (MIA) with 8th Air Force. They return to the US in July 45 and inactivated 7-Nov-45.

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,...

  • 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 0.00
Number of aircraft Sent 144
Number of aircraft Damaged 4

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 July 2015 16:57:28 Lee8thbuff Changes to description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 3-Jul-2015. Added Mission Narrative based on "The Mighty Eighth War Diary", Roger A. Freeman; Added summary notes on 322BG and 386BG based on USAAF records: www.usaaf.com/8thaf/bomber/ 322bg.HTM and 386bg.HTM

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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