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VIII Bomber Command 12

26 September 1942

Official description

Not yet known

Description

97BG and 301BG together despatch 45 B-17s to bomb the German airfields of Maupertus near Cherbourg and Porjeau at Morlaix, France. 301BG is recalled because the fighter escort of p-38s from 1FG is recalled. The 97BG aborts the mission over the Bay of Biscay. An entire fight (11) Spitfires of 133 Squadron RAF flown by American pilots to escort the bombers is destroyed by German fighters.

Mission details

1.

Description

DIVERSION

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

Diversion for Cherbourg/Morlaix raid.

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...

Mission Statistics

Number of aircraft Sent 30
Number of aircraft Effective 16

2. CHERBOURG/ MAUPERTUS (Primary)

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

301st Bomb Group recalled because fighter escort was recalled.

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 None
Number of aircraft Sent 36

3. MORLAIX/ PLOUJEAN (Primary)

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

97th Bomb Group aborts over Bay of Biscay mission due to could cover.

Units

  • 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

Number of aircraft Sent 19

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
26 October 2014 19:41:47 Lee8thbuff Changes to description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 26-Oct-2014. Mission description based on "Mighty Eighth War Diary" Roger A. Freeman.

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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