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VIII Bomber Command 171

31 December 1943

Official description

Not yet known

Description

This mission is the last heavy bomber operation of 1943. 1943 had been a very "tough" year for the 8th Air Force in the European Theater of Operations (ETO). 23365 B-17s had been despatched on missions and 881 had Failed to Return (FTR) for a loss percentage of 3.77%. This loss percentage equates to only a 38.26% chance that a B-17 bomber would complete a 25-mission tour. 3,026 B-24s had been despatched on ETO missions and 92 had Failed to Return (FTR) for a loss percentage of 3.04%. This loss percentage equates to a 46.21% chance that a B-24 would complete a 25-mission tour. These 25-mission survival rates were never given to the crews, but 8th AF command was certainly aware that you had to be "a lucky bastard" to complete 25 missions

The fact that fighter escort of the bombers was not widely used until the latter months of 1943 was certainly a contributing factor in the number of aircraft that were lost. Also, the B-17 Model F was not equipped with a chin turret and the Luftwaffe quickly learned that head-on attacks could take fatal advantage of this deficiency. With the coming of the P-51 Mustang, the change in fighter tactics implmented by LGEN Doolittle, the equipping of Bomb Groups with the B-17G and the losses by the Luftwaffe of experienced fighter pilots, the course of the air war in 1944 would be quite different for the bomber crews than 1943 and devestating to the Luftwaffe.

This mission is composed of 7 smaller formation elements directed mainly German airfields in France. The strategy seems to have been that multiple smaller bomber formations directed at dispersed targets would greatly frustrate Luftwaffe attempts to intercept the bomber streams.

The first element was a force of 73 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division that included: 91BG (32); 92BG (20);and 305BG (21 - did not drop) despatched to bomb the German airfield at Bordeaux-Merignac, France. 40 aircraft are effective on the target. 5 aircraft Failed to Return (FTR) 8KIA 28POW 14EVD. 2 aircraft with battle damage made crash landings upon return to England 4KIA 16RTD. 4 airmen were KIA and another 10WIA aboard aircraft that returned. 29 aircraft were damaged. The bomber gunners in this element claimed 3-3-3 of attacking German aircraft.

The second element was a force of 102 B-17s also from 1st Bomb Division that included: 306BG (23); 351BG (31); 381BG (26); and 401BG (22) despatched to bomb the German airfield of Cognac-Chateubernard as the secondary target. 99 aircraft are effective on this target. 10 aircraft Failed to Return (FTR) 30KIA 51POW 19EVD 2RTD (rescued by ASR). 4 airmen were KIA and another 19 WIA aborad returning aircraft. 5 aircraft with battle damage made crash landings in England upon return 1KIA 49RTD. 38 aircraft were damaged. The bomber gunners in this element claimed 6-1-10 of attacking German aircraft.

The third element was a force of 61 B-17 from 3rd Bomb Division that included: 94BG (21); 385BG (20); and 447BG (20) despatched to bomb the German airfield of Cognac-Chateaubernard, Fracne. ALL 61 were effective on the target, but 3 Failed to Return (FTR) 10KIA 14POW 7EVD. 1 airman was KIA and another 5 WIA aboard returning aircraft. 36 aircraft were damaged. The bomber gunners of this element claimed 8-9-14 of attacking German aircraft.

The fourth element was a force of 60 B-24s from 2nd Bomb Division that included: 93BG (17); 446BG (25); and 448BG (18) despatched to bombe the German airfied at La Rochelle, France, but weather forced to formation to attack the German airfields at Cognac-Chateaubernard and Landes-Bussac, France. 57 aircraft are effective on these targets. 5 aircraft Failed to Return (FTR) 30KIA 17POW 2EVD. 2 aircraft make crash landings back in England 20RTD. 2 airmen are WIA in returning aircraft. 5 aircraft are damaged. There are no claims on enemy aircraft in this element.

The fifth element is a force of 57 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division that included: 303BG (20); 379BG (21); and 384BG (16) despatched to bomb a blockade runner at Gironde, France. The ship is not sighted and no bombs are dropped. 1 aircraft Failed to Return(FTR) and was ditched in the English Channel 10RTD (rescued by ASR). 2 battle damaged aircraft make crash landings upon return to England 20RTD. 2 airmen are KIA and 5 WIA in returning aircraft. 3 aircraft are damaged. There are no claims on enemy aircraft.

The sixth element is a force of 94 B-24s from 2nd Bomb Division that included: 44BG (20); 389BG (25); 392BG (27) and 445BG (22) despatched to bomb the German airfield at St.Jean D'Angely, France. 87 aircraft are effective on the target. 1 aircraft Failed to Return (FTR) 9KIA 1POW. 2 aircraft make crashlandings upon return to England and are declared to be Damaged Beyond Repair (DBR) 20RTD. 5 aircraft are damaged. The bomber gunners of this element claim 9-1-1 of attacking German aircraft.

The seventh element is a force of 125 B-17s from 3rd Bomb Division that included: 95BG (21); 96BG (32); 100BG (21); 388BG (29); and 390BG (22) despatched to bomb the industrial areas of Paris-Ivry and Bois-Colombes, France. 120 aircraft are effective on their targets. 1 aircraft Failed to Return (FTR) 10KIA. 1 battle damaged aircraft makes a crash landing upon return and is Damaged Beyond Repair (DBR) 10RTD. 2 airmen are WIA aboard returning aircraft. 49 aircraft are damaged. There are no claims against enemy aircraft in this element.

Mission details

1. BOIS-COLOMBES (Primary)

Description

INDUSTRIAL AREA

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 64.03
Number of aircraft Sent 22
Number of aircraft Effective 22

2. BORDEAUX/MERIGNAC (Primary)

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

One of the Missing in Action (MIA)s is COL. William A. Hatcher, CO of the 351st Bomb Group. He is replaced the next day by COL. Eugene A. Romig. The 401st Bomb Group was scheduled to bomb the Bordeau/Merignac airfield but cloud cover over the target convinced Wing Leader MAJ W.T. Seawell flying as pilot of B-17 42-31091 "Maggie" to re-direct the 401st Bomb Group to bomb the airfield at Cognac, France instead. 305th Bomb Group does not bomb.

Units

  • 305th Bomb Group Can Do

    305th Bomb Group Can Do

    Group
    The 305th Bombardment Group (Heavy), nicknamed "Can Do" was activated 1-March-1942 at Salt Lake City Air Base, Utah which was their primary training base until 11-Jun-1942 when they relocated to Geiger Field, Washington until 29-Jun-1942, then on to...

  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    Group
    The 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated at Harding Field, Louisiana on 15-April-1942 and went to MacDill Field, Florida for the first phase of training from 16-May-1942 to 25-June-1942. The Group was then assigned to 2nd Air Force at Walla...

  • 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    Group
    The 92nd Group sometime after arrivial in the UK converted to the role of in-theater combat crew indocrination and training. For this role, the Group traded its B-17F complement and obtained the B-17E, mostly from the 97th BG which was departing for...

Mission Statistics

Number of aircraft Sent 73
Number of aircraft Effective 40
Number of aircraft Missing In Action 5
Number of aircraft Damaged Beyond Repair 2
Number of aircraft Damaged 29
Number of people Killed In Action 12
Number of people Wounded in Action 10
Number of people Evaded 14
Number of people Prisoners of War 28
Number of people Returned To Duty 16
Enemy aircraft claimed as Destroyed by Bomber Command 3
Enemy aircraft claimed as Probably Destroyed by Bomber Command 3
Enemy aircraft claimed as Damaged by Bomber Command 3

3. COGNAC/CHATEAUBERNARD (Secondary)

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

B-24 Liberator

Notes

Not yet known

Units

  • 446th Bomb Group

    446th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 446th Bomb Group, who came to be known as "the Bungay Buckaroos" after the name of their Suffolk base, flew B-24 Liberators on strategic, support and interdictory missions over Europe. The Group led the Eighth Air Force and 2nd Bomb Division on the...

  • 448th Bomb Group

    448th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 448th Bomb Group was a B-24 Liberator Group that flew out of Seething, Norfolk. The Group flew their first mission on the 22nd December 1943 and over the next eighteen months the air crews flew 262 missions over occupied Europe. These bombing...

  • 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

Number of aircraft Sent 42
Number of aircraft Effective 38
Number of aircraft Missing In Action 5
Number of aircraft Damaged Beyond Repair 3
Number of aircraft Damaged 5
Number of people Killed In Action 30
Number of people Wounded in Action 2
Number of people Evaded 2
Number of people Prisoners of War 17
Number of people Returned To Duty 30

4. COGNAC/CHATEAUBERNARD(Primary)

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

Not yet known

Units

  • 385th Bomb Group

    385th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 385th Bomb Group, who took the nickname "Van's Valiants" after their first Commanding Officer Col. Elliot Vandevanter, flew B-17s from Great Ashfield, Suffolk. The Group led the famous attack on the Focke-Wolfe aircraft factory at Marienburg on 9...

  • 447th Bomb Group

    447th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 447th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses on strategic bombardment missions out of Rattlesden, Suffolk. With their first mission coming on Christmas Eve, December 24, 1943, their main focus was hitting sites that would weaken enemy forces...

  • 94th Bomb Group

    94th Bomb Group

    Group
    Activated 15 June 1942 at MacDill Field, Florida. Initial organization and training at Pendleton Field, Oregon on 29 June 1942; Primary flight training at Davis-Monthan Field in Arizona from 28 Aug. 42 to 31 Oct. 42; then at Biggs Field, El Paso, Texas...

Mission Statistics

Number of aircraft Sent 61
Number of aircraft Effective 61
Number of aircraft Missing In Action 3
Number of aircraft Damaged 36
Number of people Killed In Action 10
Number of people Evaded 7
Number of people Prisoners of War 14
Enemy aircraft claimed as Destroyed by Bomber Command 8
Enemy aircraft claimed as Probably Destroyed by Bomber Command 9
Enemy aircraft claimed as Damaged by Bomber Command 14

5. COGNAC/CHATEAUBERNARD(Secondary)

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

Not yet known

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,...

  • 351st Bomb Group

    351st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 351st Bomb Group flew strategic bombing missions from their base at Polebrook, Northamptonshire from April 1943 to June 1945. The Group's most famous member was Hollywood actor Clark Gable, who flew four/ five missions with them as an observer...

  • 381st Bomb Group

    381st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 381st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Ridgewell, Essex between June 1943 and April 1945. The Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit Citations, the first for bombing shipyards at Bremen, whilst under heavy attack, on 8 October 1943 and...

  • 401st Bomb Group

    401st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 401st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deenethorpe, Northamptonshire, from November 1943 to June 1945. Starting their missions at that time meant the focus was very much on the coming invasion attempt of France planned for the following...

Mission Statistics

Number of aircraft Sent 102
Number of aircraft Effective 99
Number of aircraft Missing In Action 10
Number of aircraft Damaged Beyond Repair 5
Number of aircraft Damaged 38
Number of people Killed In Action 35
Number of people Wounded in Action 19
Number of people Evaded 15
Number of people Prisoners of War 51
Number of people Returned To Duty 51

6. GIRONDE (Primary)

Description

SHIPPING ATTACK

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

Blockade running ship was the targeted but clouds prevented target acquisition.

Units

  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated on 3-Feb-1942 at Pendleton Field, Oregon. They assembled at Gowen Field, Idaho on 11-February 1942 where it conducted flight training until 12-Jun-1942. The Group then moved to Alamogordo Field, New...

  • 379th Bomb Group

    379th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 379th Bomb Group (H) (heavy), based at Kimbolton, flew more sorties than any other Bomb Group in the Eighth Air Force and dropped a greater bomb tonnage than any other Group. The B-17 Flying Fortress Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit...

  • 384th Bomb Group

    384th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 384th Bomb Group flew B-17s from Grafton Underwood, Northamptonshire, between May 1943 and June 1945. They were engaged in daylight bombing missions over Germany as part of the Allies' efforts to destroy the effectiveness of the Luftwaffe by...

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 0.00
Number of aircraft Sent 57
Number of aircraft Missing In Action 1
Number of aircraft Damaged Beyond Repair 2
Number of aircraft Damaged 3
Number of people Killed In Action 2
Number of people Wounded in Action 5
Number of people Returned To Duty 30

7. LANDES BUSSAC (Opportunistic)

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

Not yet known

Units

  • 448th Bomb Group

    448th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 448th Bomb Group was a B-24 Liberator Group that flew out of Seething, Norfolk. The Group flew their first mission on the 22nd December 1943 and over the next eighteen months the air crews flew 262 missions over occupied Europe. These bombing...

Mission Statistics

Number of aircraft Sent 18
Number of aircraft Effective 18
Number of aircraft Damaged 5

8. PARIS - IVRY (Primary)

Description

INDUSTRIAL AREA

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

Not yet known

Units

  • 100th Bomb Group

    100th Bomb Group

    Group
    "The Bloody Hundredth", so-called because of a reputation for losing a high number aircraft and crews, flew B-17s from Thorpe Abbotts, Norfolk. Their losses were not the highest of any Eighth Air Force Group but on several occasions the Group lost many...

  • 388th Bomb Group

    388th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 388th Bomb Group flew strategic bombing mission from Knettishall, Suffolk from June 1943 to the end of the war. During this time, though, detachments were sent to Fersfield, Norfolk to conduct Aphrodite missions. In these Aphrodite missions veteran...

  • 390th Bomb Group

    390th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 390th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Framlingham, Suffolk, between July 1943 and the end of the war in Europe. The Group was engaged in strategic missions until the invasion of Europe when its role became more of a tactical one. This...

  • 95th Bomb Group

    95th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 95th Bomb Group was the only Eighth Air Force Group to be awarded three Distinguished Unit Citations. The first, shared by all four Bomb Wing Groups, was for the bombing of an aircraft factory under intense enemy fire at Regensburg on 17 August...

  • 96th Bomb Group

    96th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 96th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses to targets across occupied Europe from May 1943 to April 1945. ...

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 285.22
Number of aircraft Sent 103
Number of aircraft Effective 98
Number of aircraft Missing In Action 1
Number of aircraft Damaged Beyond Repair 1
Number of aircraft Damaged 49
Number of people Killed In Action 10
Number of people Wounded in Action 2
Number of people Returned To Duty 10

9. ST. JEAN D'ANGELY

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

B-24 Liberator

Notes

Not yet known

Units

  • 389th Bomb Group

    389th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 389th Bomb Group, known in more familiar terms as "the Sky Scorpions", flew strategic bombing missions in B-24 Liberators from Hethel, England. They also sent detachments to join bases in North Africa at Benghazi No. 10, Libya, between 3 July 1943...

  • 392nd Bomb Group

    392nd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 392nd Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators out of Wendling, Norfolk from August 1943 until April 1945. They were the first Group to be given B-24H Liberators, the first B-24 model that was fitted with a nose turret on the production line, an adaptation...

  • 445th Bomb Group

    445th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 445th Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators from Tibenham, Norfolk. The crews' first mission was bombing U-boat installations at Kiel on 13 December 1943. The Group continued to hit strategic targets in Germany, including the aircraft components factory...

  • 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    Group
    The 44th Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 15-January-1942 at McDill Field, Florida and equipped with B-24Cs. The Group moved to Barksdale Field, Louisiana and acted as a training unit for the 90th 93rd and 98th Bomb Groups and flew anti...

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 181.85
Number of aircraft Sent 94
Number of aircraft Effective 87
Number of aircraft Missing In Action 1
Number of aircraft Damaged Beyond Repair 2
Number of aircraft Damaged 5
Number of people Killed In Action 9
Number of people Prisoners of War 1
Number of people Returned To Duty 20
Enemy aircraft claimed as Destroyed by Bomber Command 9
Enemy aircraft claimed as Probably Destroyed by Bomber Command 1
Enemy aircraft claimed as Damaged by Bomber Command 1

Service

People

  • Athen Anagnos

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 381st Bomb Group
    Navigator, Nason crew. 381st BG, 533d BS, 8th AF. Shot down by fighters on mission #59 to the aircraft factories at Oschersleben, Germany on 11 Jan 1944 in B-17F #42-37719 'Hellcat/Dinah Mite'. Plane crashed in Zuider Zee. MACR 1881. Killed in Action...

  • Francis Anderson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Engineer / Top Turret Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    Francis Anderson was born in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. He was a 1941 graduate of Live Oak Street High School, New Smyrna Beach. He enlisted in the Air Corps in October 1942 and took basic training at St Petersburg, Florida. He followed courses at the...

  • Joseph Balesh

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 381st Bomb Group
    Radio operator, Duarte, E. crew. 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. Shot down in B-17 #42-39910. Mission #55 to Bordeaux, France. Attacked by fighters that blew out the plexiglass in the nose along with engines #2 & 3. Headed to Spain and bailed out with one...

  • Philip Ball

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    BTG, Perot crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Lost 11 January 1944 on mission #59 to the aircraft factories at Oschersleben, Germany. B-17F #42-5878 'Yankee Eagle' was rammed by an FW 190 between the #1 and #2 engines, knocking off the wing. The ship...

  • Clifford Barker

    Military | Sergeant (Technician Fourth Grade) | Left Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Barker, a native of Yorktown, Ind., was a burly 6-foot-2 inch forward on the 1948 Kentucky team that finished the season with a 36-3 record, the national title and the nickname of the Fabulous Five. The other starters were Wallace (Wah Wah) Jones at...

  • John Baudoin

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 5 January 1944 in B-17 #4230724. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Barclay Beeby

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group

  • Raymond Beus

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    RWG, Nason crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Shot down by fighters on mission #59 to the aircraft factories at Oschersleben, Germany on 11 Jan 1944 in B-17F 42-37719 'Hellcat/Dinah Might'. MACR 1881. Plane crashed in Zuider Zee. Killed in Action (KIA)....

  • Frank Bisagna

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 381st Bomb Group
    Navigator, Zeman crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 5 January 1944 in B-17 #42-30676 'Baby Dumpling'. Mission #57 to the airfield at Tours, France. Hit by an air to air rocket. MACR 1962. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft I. New Hamburg, NY POW

  • John Blaylock

    Military | Major | Pilot | 351st Bomb Group
    John Blaylock graduated from the University of Iowa in June, 1941 and shortly thereafter enlisted in the Air Corps as an Aviation Cadet. After training as a Pilot, he received his wings and was sent overseas. He arrived in England in April, 1943, where...

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Aircraft

  • 42-29877 Speed Ball

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 1/3/43; Pueblo 14/3/43; Presque Is 10/4/43; Assigned 511BS/351BG [DS-X] Polebrook 16/4/43; Missing in Action 24m Bordeaux 31/12/43 with Albert E. Jones, Navigator: Alfred L. Dearborn, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: David H. Van...

  • 42-30412 Mischief-Maker II

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Plane Mischief Maker II entered combat approximately Jun43 under command of Capt V.L. Iverson after the original Mischief Maker was damaged beyond repair. After this crew completed 25 missions Maj. Iverson was retained for HQ USSTAF, the crew...

  • 42-30733

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 20/7/43; Gore 8/8/43; Dyersburg 10/8/43; Assigned 326BS/92BG [JW- ] Alconbury 16/9/43; Missing in Action Bordeaux 31/12/43 with Jim Grumbles, Bombardier: Bob McGee, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Clarry Muntzinger, Radio Operator:...

  • 42-31083 Tenny Belle

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 15/9/43; ...

  • 42-31138 Winged Fury

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 24/9/43; Gr Island 7/10/43; Romulus 10/10/43; Assigned 560BS/388BG Knettishall 15/10/43; Missing in Action Augsburg 13/4/44 with Art Nelson, Co-pilot: Art Livermore, Navigator: Maurice White, Bombardier: Bill Matuszewski, Flight...

  • 42-31402

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 29/10/43; Gr Island 13/11/43; Nashville 29/11/43; Assigned 365BS/305BG [XK- ] Chelveston 22/12/43; Missing in Action Saarbruken 11/5/44 with Alex Thomaides, Co-pilot: Bernard Controulis, Navigator: Foster Stolp, Flight engineer/top...

  • 42-37725

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 10/8/43 with John Hartlieb to Las Vegas Apt; Gr Island 20/10/43; Assigned 546BS/384BG Grafton Underwood 19/12/43; Missing in Action Bordeaux 31/12/43 with John Rich Jr, Co-pilot: George Ellsworth Wehry, Navigator: Joseph Albert Indest,...

  • 42-37731

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 10/8/43; Dalhart 17/8/43; Assigned 510BS/351BG [TU-A] Polebrook 22/9/43; transferred 508BS [YB-A]. Missing in Action on its 12th mission, to Bordeaux on 31 December 1943 with Pilot Major John R. Blaylock; Navigator: James Taylor; Tail...

  • 42-39823 Iron Ass

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 11/9/43; Gr Island 10/10/43; Scott 30/10/43; Assigned 401BG Deenethorpe 4/11/43; transferred 510BS/351BG [TU-O] Polebrook 18/11/43; Missing in Action 8m Bordeaux 31/12/43 with Pilot Marvin H. Bender; Co-pilot: William J. Grupp;...

  • 42-39910

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 6/10/43; Gr Island 2/11/43; slated 384BG Grafton Underwood, but transferred 535BS/381BG [MS- ] Ridgewell 20/12/43; 1m Missing in Action Bordeaux 31/12/43 with Earl Duarte, Co-pilot: Glen McCabe, Flight engineer/top turret gunner:...

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
28 July 2015 20:48:54 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
Sources

Lee Cunningham 28-Jul-2015. Added bomber gunener claims to St. Jean element statistics per "The Mighty Eight War Diary", Roger A, Freeman.

Date Contributor Update
28 July 2015 20:47:50 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
Sources

Lee Cunningham 28-Jul-2015. Corrected error in statistic for 2nd BD.

Date Contributor Update
28 July 2015 20:46:48 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
Sources

Lee Cunningham 28-Jul-2015. Added bomber gunener claims to 3RD BD Cognac element statistics per "The Mighty Eight War Diary", Roger A, Freeman.

Date Contributor Update
28 July 2015 20:45:06 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
Sources

Lee Cunningham 28-Jul-2015. Added bomber gunener claims to 2nd BD Cognac element statistics per "The Mighty Eight War Diary", Roger A, Freeman.

Date Contributor Update
28 July 2015 20:43:26 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
Sources

Lee Cunningham 28-Jul-2015. Added bomber gunener claims to Bordeaux element statistics per "The Mighty Eight War Diary", Roger A, Freeman.

Date Contributor Update
28 July 2015 20:41:18 Lee8thbuff Changes to description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 28-Jul-43. 1943 loss statisitcs and percentages in Mission Narrative based on the database of Mr. Lee Cunnigham complied from NARA loss records; Added Mission Narrative of elements based on "The Mighty Eighth War Dairy", Roger A. Freeman.

Date Contributor Update
29 May 2015 09:47:21 jdossetter Changes to event
Sources

http://www.8thafhs.com/missions.php

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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