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VIII Bomber Command 14

9 October 1942

Official description

Not yet known

Description

Bombers are dispatched to bomb the steel and engineering works of the Compagnie de Fives at Lille, France and the locomotive and freight car works of Ateliers d'Hellemmes at Lille which are the Primary (P) targets. Other targets are Courtrai Airfield, Secondary target (S); Roubaix Airfield, Target of Opportunity (O) and Longuenesse Airfield at St. Omer, Target of Last Resort (L).

Mission details

1.

Description

DIVERSION

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

Diversion for Lille 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

Tonnage dropped 0
Number of aircraft Sent 7

2. COURTRAI (Secondary)

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

This is a secondary target for 306th Bomb Group

Units

  • 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    Group
    Constituted as 306th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 28 Jan 1942. Activated on 1 Mar 1942. Trained for combat with B-17's. Moved to England, Aug-Sep 1942, and assigned to Eighth AF Eighth Air Force in September 1942 Station 111 Thurleigh. During combat,...

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 5.00
Number of aircraft Sent 2
Number of aircraft Effective 2

3. LILLE (Primary)

Description

COMPAGNIE DE FIVES STEEL WORKS

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

The 306th Bomb Group, flying B-17s, flies its first mission. Largest formation despatched to date. Bomber gunner claims are displayed on this event for statistical purposes and represent the bundled total of all formations despatched on VIII BC Mission 14.

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...

  • 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    Group
    Constituted as 306th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 28 Jan 1942. Activated on 1 Mar 1942. Trained for combat with B-17's. Moved to England, Aug-Sep 1942, and assigned to Eighth AF Eighth Air Force in September 1942 Station 111 Thurleigh. During combat,...

  • 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 123.00
Number of aircraft Sent 89
Number of aircraft Effective 69
Number of aircraft Missing In Action 2
Number of aircraft Damaged Beyond Repair 1
Number of aircraft Damaged 46
Number of people Killed In Action 12
Number of people Wounded in Action 11
Number of people Evaded 2
Number of people Prisoners of War 1
Number of people Returned To Duty 20
Enemy aircraft claimed as Destroyed by Bomber Command 25
Enemy aircraft claimed as Probably Destroyed by Bomber Command 38
Enemy aircraft claimed as Damaged by Bomber Command 44

4. LILLE (Primary)

Description

COMPAGNIE DE FIVES STEEL WORKS

Aircraft type

B-24 Liberator

Notes

The 93rd Bomb Group, flying B-24s, flies its first mission. First 8th Air Force B-24 mission and loss.

Units

  • 93rd Bomb Group

    93rd Bomb Group

    Group
    93rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 1-March-1942 at Barksdale Field, Louisiana. On 15-May-1942 the Group moved to Ft. Myers, Florida to continue advanced flight training and also to fly anti-submarine patrols over the Gulf of Mexico; they...

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 25.00
Number of aircraft Sent 24
Number of aircraft Effective 10
Number of aircraft Missing In Action 1
Number of aircraft Damaged Beyond Repair 1
Number of people Killed In Action 6
Number of people Wounded in Action 2
Number of people Evaded 1
Number of people Prisoners of War 3

5. ROUBAIX (Opportunistic)

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

This is a target of opportunity for 301th Bomb Group.

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 2.50
Number of aircraft Sent 2
Number of aircraft Effective 2

6. SAINT OMER/ LONGEUNESSE (Last Resort)

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

This is a target of last resort for the 92nd Bomb Group.

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

Tonnage dropped 12.00
Number of aircraft Sent 15
Number of aircraft Effective 6
Number of aircraft Missing In Action 1
Number of people Killed In Action 5
Number of people Evaded 1
Number of people Prisoners of War 3

Service

People

  • Forest Bertsch

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 301st Bomb Group
    While serving as a Waist Gunner on B-17F 41-24362 the aircraft was ditched into the English Channel 9 October 1942. Rescued Returned to Duty (RTD) First successful ditching of a B-17 in the ETO.

  • Frederick Bidelspach

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 301st Bomb Group
    Served as Co:Pilot of B-17F 41-24362 ditched in Channel 9 October 1942. Rescued and Returned to Duty (RTD) First successful ditching of a B-17 in the ETO.

  • Millard Brock

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 301st Bomb Group
    While serving as Ball Turret Gunner on B-17F 41-24362 the aircraft was ditched into the English Channel 9 October 1942. Rescued and Returned to Duty (RTD). First successfull ditching of a B-17 in the ETO

  • Donald Buckland

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down in 9 October 1942 in B-17F 41-9018 while serving as Ball Turret Gunner. Crashed into Channel. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Francis Chorak

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down in 9 October 1942 in B-17F 41-9018 while serving as Pilot. Crashed into Channel. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Alexander Cockersole

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 301st Bomb Group
    While serving as Bombardier on B-17F 41-24362 the aircraft was ditched into the English Channel 9 October 1942. Rescued and Returned to Duty (RTD) First successful ditching of a B-17 in the ETO.

  • Arthur Cox

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 93BG/330BS, B-24 41-23678 "Big Eagle" as the Engineer/Top Turret Gunner. Aircraft was attacked by fighters near Dunkirk on the way to the assigned target Lille I/A, France. With direct hits to engine no. 4 and bomb bay area before crashing...

  • Nicholas Cox

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    Shot down in 9 October 1942 in B-24D 41-23678 'Big Eagle' while serving as Co-Pilot. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Malcolm Culpepper

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down in 9 October 1942 in B-17F 41-9018 while serving as Tail Gunner. Crashed into Channel. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • James DeToris

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 93BG/330BS, B-24 41-23678 "Big Eagle" while serving as Ball Turret Gunner. Killed in Action (KIA) 9 October 1942 on a mission to bomb the aircraft factories at Lille, France.

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Aircraft

  • 41-24362

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned RAF [FA677] but transferred 419BS/301BG Westover 6-Aug-42; Podington 6-Aug-42; ditched Channel just off Margate, on return from Lille 9-Oct-42 aircraft flew 3 missions. Crew rescued, the first such 8AF sea rescue. No MACR issued. 10RTD. ...

  • 41-24510 Snoozy II

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 367BS/306BG Westover 16-Aug-42; to Thurleigh 27-Sep-42; Missing in Action Lille 9-Oct-42 shot down by hptm Priller (III/JG26), crashed railway line Tournai, near Nechin (Menen), Belgium; (first aircraft loss of group) MACR 6706. SNOOZY II....

  • 41-9018

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 341BS/97BG Polebrook Mar-42; transferred 327BS/92BG Bovingdon Aug-42; Attacked by Lt. Walter Meyer 7./JG26. Lost tail and three engines. Desintegrated over Lannay near the Belgian border. Monument near Mouchin on D955 direction Planard. MACR...

  • 42-30336 Miss Nonalee II

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 17/5/43; Gore 1/6/43; Smoky Hill 2/6/43; Gr Isle 4/6/43; Dow Fd 27/6/43; Assigned 548BS/385BG [GX-E] Gt Ashfield 27/6/43; Missing in Action Anklam 9/10/43 with Glyndon Bell (INT, but escaped to Sweden via Danish Resistance); Co-pilot...

  • 41-23678 Big Eagle

    B-24 Liberator
    This aircraft was assigned to 93BG/330BS. The aircraft had been despatched from Alconbury to participate in the attack on aircraft plants at Lille, France The aircraft was attacked on the way to the target by a German fighter near Dunkirk and crashed...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
15 February 2015 18:55:37 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
Sources

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

Date Contributor Update
12 November 2014 18:46:35 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
Sources

Lee Cunningham 12-Nov-2014. Correct 93BG association.

Date Contributor Update
25 October 2014 20:16:47 Lee8thbuff Changes to description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 25-Oct-2014. Mission description based on "USAAF Combat Chronology" Jack McKillop.

Date Contributor Update
25 October 2014 20:02:01 Lee8thbuff Changes to description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 25-Oct-2014. Description from 'USAAF Combat Chronology) Jack McKillop, http://www.usaaf.net/chron/42/oct42.htm

Date Contributor Update
23 October 2014 18:15:35 Lee8thbuff Changes to aircraft associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 23-Oct-2014. Connection within web site data.

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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