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8th Air Force 223

15 February 1944

Official description

Not yet known

Description

A combined force of 54 B-24s from 2nd Bomb Division: 93BG; 389BG; 445BG; 453BG are despatched to bomb the V-Weapon site at St. Pol/Siracourt, France. 52 aircraft are effective on the target. There are no losses or claims in this force but 29 aircraft are damaged by AA-fire.

Mission details

1. ST. POL/SIRACOURT

Description

V-1 MISSILE SITES

Aircraft type

B-24 Liberator

Notes

No fighter escort. No claims on enemy aircraft.

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...

  • 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...

  • 453rd Bomb Group

    453rd Bomb Group

    Group
    As well as strategic bombardment missions, the 453rd Bomb Group also ferried cargo on two occasions. They hauled petrol, blankets, and rations to France in September 1944 and dropped ammunition, food and medical supplies near Wesel during the airborne...

  • 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 149.50
Number of aircraft Sent 54
Number of aircraft Effective 52
Number of aircraft Damaged Beyond Repair 1
Number of aircraft Damaged 29
Number of people Returned To Duty 11

Service

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
08 February 2016 22:01:23 Lee8thbuff Changes to name and description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 8-Feb-2016. Added Mission Narrative per "The Mighty Eighth War Dairy", Roger A. Freeman.

Date Contributor Update
28 May 2015 11:08:17 jdossetter Changes to event
Sources

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

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:43:17 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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