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VIII Bomber Command 19

14 November 1942

Official description

Not yet known

Description

The U-Boat pens of La Pallice, France are the Primary(P) target for a combined bomber force of 21 B-17s from 91BG (14) and 306BG (7); 93BG also joins the raid with 13 B-24s. However, La Pallice is completely clouded over, so instead, the bombers attack the Secondary (S) target of the port area of St. Nazaire, France. 44BG despatches 6 B-24 on a diversion.

Mission details

1.

Description

DIVERSION

Aircraft type

B-24 Liberator

Notes

Diversion for La Pallice. St. Nazaire raid.

Units

  • 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

Number of aircraft Sent 6
Number of aircraft Effective 6

2. LA PALLICE (Primary)

Description

U-BOAT PENS

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

The primary target at La Pallice had a 10/10 cloud cover and all aircraft diverted to St. Nazaire.

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,...

  • 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...

  • 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 34
Number of aircraft Damaged Beyond Repair 1

3. SAINT-NAZAIRE (Secondary)

Description

U-BOAT PENS

Aircraft type

B-24 Liberator

Notes

Bombs have little or no effect on submarine pens. There is no fighter escort for this mission.

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,...

  • 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...

  • 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 57
Number of aircraft Sent 34
Number of aircraft Effective 24
Number of aircraft Damaged 2

Service

People

  • Robert Hermann

    Military | Captain | Navigator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Flew on John L. Ryan crew. From Sept 1942 until 6 March 1943. Shot down 6 March 1943 over Lorient, France in B-17F 42-5130 'Sweet Pea', 306BG/367BS while serving as Navigator Baled out and taken Prisoner of War (POW). Had flown 12 1/2 missions. His...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
01 November 2014 17:53:55 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
Sources

Lee Cunningham 1-Nov-2014 St. Nazaire statistics "Mighty Eighth War Diary" Roger A. Freeman

Date Contributor Update
01 November 2014 17:49:39 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
Sources

Lee Cunningham 1-Nov-2014. Despatch adjustment.

Date Contributor Update
01 November 2014 17:46:49 Lee8thbuff Changes to description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 1-Nov-2014. Mission description edit.

Date Contributor Update
01 November 2014 17:45:14 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
Sources

Lee Cunningham 1-Nov-2014 Mission details.

Date Contributor Update
01 November 2014 17:39:56 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
Sources

Lee Cunningham 1-Nov-2014. Bomb Group associations made.

Date Contributor Update
01 November 2014 17:37:36 Lee8thbuff Changes to description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 1-Nov-2014. '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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