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VIII Bomber Command 10

6 September 1942

Official description

Not yet known

Description

15BS despatches 12 DB-7 A-20 Boston IIIs to attack the German airfield of Drucat at Abbeville, France; 92BG & 97BG together despatach 51 B-17s to bomb the Avion Portez aircraft factory ar Meaulte, France; 301BG despatches 13 B-17s to attack German airfield Longuenesse at St. Omer, France as the Primary (P) target. 2 of this element attack the German airfield Ft. Rouge at St. Omer, France.

Mission details

1. ABBEVILLE/ DRUCAT

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

A-20 Havoc

Notes

12 of 12 A-20s Boston III from 15th Bomb Squadron attack. No losses, claims or casualties.

Units

  • 15th Bomb Squadron

    15th Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    The 15th Bomb Squadron flew five light bombing missions in DB-7 A-20 Bostons from the UK before being reassigned to the Twelfth Air Force at Mediouna, Algeria from 15-Oct-1942 to 1-Oct-1943. They were later absorbed by the 47th Bomb Group.

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 12.00
Number of aircraft Sent 12
Number of aircraft Effective 12

2. MEAULTE

Description

AVION PORTEZ AIRCRAFT FACTORY

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

The 92nd Bomb Group flies its first mission. The 8th Air Force suffers it first loss of an aircraft in combat, the "Southern Belle", serial number 41-24445, w/Lipsky. There was no fighter escort for this mission.

Units

  • 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    Group
    The 92nd Group's 327th Bomb Squadron was the only Eighth Air Force squadron to fly YB-40s in combat. YB-40s were B-17s modified to fly as a heavily armed escort for other bombers. They were flown on missions between May and June 1943. Between May 1943...

  • 97th Bomb Group

    97th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 97th Bomb Group flew the Eighth Air Force's first heavy bomber mission from the UK when they bombed a marshalling yard at Rouen on 17 August 1942. Just a month later though the Group were reassigned to the Twelfth Air Force and left England for the...

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 66.50
Number of aircraft Sent 51
Number of aircraft Effective 30
Number of aircraft Missing In Action 2
Number of aircraft Damaged 7
Number of people Killed In Action 10
Number of people Wounded in Action 5
Number of people Prisoners of War 9
Enemy aircraft claimed as Destroyed by Bomber Command 4
Enemy aircraft claimed as Probably Destroyed by Bomber Command 19
Enemy aircraft claimed as Damaged by Bomber Command 20

3. ST OMER/ FORT ROUGES

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

Not yet known

Units

  • 301st Bomb Group

    301st Bomb Group

    Group
    Activated 3-February-1942 at Geiger Field, Washington and equipped with B-17s. On 27-May-1942 the ground unit moved to Alamogordo Army Air Field, New Mexico, and the aircraft went to Muroc Army Air Field (now Edwards Air Force Base), California for...

Mission Statistics

Number of aircraft Sent 2
Number of aircraft Effective 2

4. ST OMER/LONGUENESSE

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

Not yet known

Units

  • 301st Bomb Group

    301st Bomb Group

    Group
    Activated 3-February-1942 at Geiger Field, Washington and equipped with B-17s. On 27-May-1942 the ground unit moved to Alamogordo Army Air Field, New Mexico, and the aircraft went to Muroc Army Air Field (now Edwards Air Force Base), California for...

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 21.60
Number of aircraft Sent 11
Number of aircraft Effective 11

Service

People

  • William Angliss

    Military | Private First Class | Ball Turret Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down 6 September 1942 in B-17E 41-9026 'Baby Doll' while serving as Ball Turret Gunner. Crashed into Channel. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Robert Benedict

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down 6 September 1942 in B-17 41-9026 'Baby Doll' while serving as Co-Pilot. Crashed into Channel. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Frank Buck

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier, Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down 6 September 1942 in B-17 41-9026 'Baby Doll' while serving as Bombardier. Crashed into Channel. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Paul Drain

    Military | Sergeant | Bombardier/Togglier | 97th Bomb Group
    Shot down 6 September 1942 in B-17 41-24445 while serving as Bombardier/Togglier. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • William Dunbar

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 97th Bomb Group
    Shot down 6 September 1942 in B-17 41-24445 while serving as Waist Gunner. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • LeMoyne Earley

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down 6 September 1942 in B-17E 41-9026 'Baby Doll' while serving as Tail Gunner. Crashed into Channel. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Porfirio Garcia

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Ball Turret Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down on 6 September 1943 in B-17F 42-30007. Plane ditched in Channel. Returned to Base. ...

  • David Howard

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 97th Bomb Group
    Shot down 6 September 1942 in B-17 41-24445 while serving as Co-Pilot. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Cecil Kendrick

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down 6 September 1942 in B-17 41-9026 'Baby Doll' while serving as Radio Operator. Crashed into Channel. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Clarence Lipsky

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 97th Bomb Group
    Shot down 6 September 1942 in B-17 41-24445 while serving as Pilot. Prisoner of War (POW).

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Aircraft

  • 41-24445 Six Bits

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 326BS/92BG Bangor 12-August-42; 340BS/97BG Polebrook August 42; Missing in Action Meaulte 6-September-42 shot down by Hptm Conny Meyer (II/JG26) crashed Flasselles, NW of Amiens, France.; (first 8AF B-17 MIA) SIX BITS aka SOUTHERN BELLE. No...

  • 41-9021 Big Bitch/ Hangar Queen

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Boeing B-17E ...

  • 41-9026 Baby Doll

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Boeing B-17E ...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
15 February 2015 18:37:49 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
Sources

Lee Cunningham 15-Feb-2015. Added Bomber Gunner claims to statistics on Meualt per "The Mighty Eighth War Diary" Roger A. Freeman.

Date Contributor Update
26 October 2014 18:34:34 Lee8thbuff Changes to description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 26-Oct-2014. Mission description based on "Mighty Eighth War Diary" Roger A. Freeman and "USAAF Combat Chronology" Jack McKillop.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:43:16 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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