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VIII Bomber Command 26

20 December 1942

Official description

Not yet known

Description

The German Air Depot at Romilly-sur-Seine, France is the Primary (P) target for a combined force of 80 B-17s despatched by 91BG (17), 303BG (21); 305BG (23) and 306BG (19). 60 B-17 are effective on the target, but 7 are MIA and 1 is DBR.

Also, 44BG despatches 21 B-24s to the German Air Depot at Romilly-sur-Seine, France. 12 are effective on the target with no losses. 1 damaged.

Mission details

1. ROMILLY-SUR-SEINE (Primary)

Description

AIR DEPOT

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

No fighter escort on this mission. 2LT Conrad Farr, Bombardier Killed in Action (KIA) 306th Bomb Group on B-17 serial number 41-24498.

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...

  • 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...

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 141.28
Number of aircraft Sent 80
Number of aircraft Effective 60
Number of aircraft Missing In Action 7
Number of aircraft Damaged Beyond Repair 1
Number of aircraft Damaged 29
Number of people Killed In Action 32
Number of people Wounded in Action 12
Number of people Evaded 3
Number of people Prisoners of War 24
Number of people Returned To Duty 20
Enemy aircraft claimed as Destroyed by Bomber Command 51
Enemy aircraft claimed as Probably Destroyed by Bomber Command 13
Enemy aircraft claimed as Damaged by Bomber Command 8

2. ROMILLY-SUR-SEINE (Primary)

Description

AIR DEPOT

Aircraft type

B-24 Liberator

Notes

Not yet known

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

Tonnage dropped 24.22
Number of aircraft Sent 21
Number of aircraft Effective 12
Number of aircraft Damaged 1
Number of people Killed In Action 1
Number of people Wounded in Action 2
Enemy aircraft claimed as Probably Destroyed by Fighter Command 2

Service

People

  • Samuel Anderson

    Military | Captain | Lead Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group
    17-Feb-42 Assigned as Navigator of B-17F 41-24579 [PU-F] at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho. 16-Oct-42 Arrived at Molesworth UK. He was despatched on 26 Operations - 25 credited. Served as a Lead Navigator on 23 of those missions. Completed a 25-Mission tour...

  • Sparling Anderson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 20 December 1942 in B-17 41-24452 while serving as Bombardier. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Thomas Bachom

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 December 1942 in B-17 41-24566 'Zombie', 303BG/359BS while serving as Radio Operator on a mission to bomb the German air depot at Romilly-sur-Seine, France. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 15593. Participated in 4 Operations (1 was aborted)....

  • Martin Bacon

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 20 December 1942 in B-17 41-24432 'Danellen' while serving as Engineer/Top Turret Gunner. Killed in Action (KIA). Shot down by Major 'Pips' Piller, JG26. Crashed in Bernieres-Tosny, France. First American aircraft to crash in Normandy. Parts...

  • Jackson Barbour

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 20 December 1942 in B-17 41-24432 'Danellen' while serving as Tail Gunner. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Bruce Barton

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Crash landed in B-17F 41-24439 'Chief Sky' while serving as Pilot on return from target Romilly-sur-Seine, France. Co-pilot was slightly wounded over the target and one crewman was injured in crash-landing. Aircraft was DBR and salvaged.

  • Frank Batterson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    On 23 January 1943 in B-17F 41-24580 'Hell Cat', 303BG/358BS while serving as Tail Gunner the aircraft was downed by fighters near Brest. He was able to parachute to safety and was captured as a Prisoner of War (POW). Participated in 7 Operations -...

  • Lucien Bedard

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 20 December 1942 in B-17 41-24489 'Terry and the Pirates' while serving as Waist Gunner. Listed as Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Jack Belk

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    1-May-42 Assigned as an Aerial Gunner to 303BG/427BS at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho, with the rank of Sergeant. 303BG personnel record does not indicate that he was assigned to any particular crew at that time and does not indicate when he arrived at...

  • Sydney Berk

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 20 December 1942 in B-17F 41-24489 'Terry and the Pirates' while serving as Navigator. Killed in Action (KIA).

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Aircraft

  • 41-24432 Danellen

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24432 was assigned 401BS/91BG [LL-E] Bangor 2-Sep-42; Bassingbourn 1-Oct-42; transferred 324BS [DF-E]; Missing in Action Romilly-sur-Seine 11m 20-Dec-42 (9-man crew) 8KIA 1 POW MACR 5381. ...

  • 41-24439 Chief Sly

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24439 'Chief Sly' was delivered Dow Fd 2-Sep-42; Assigned 322BS/91BG [LG-Q] 6-Sep-42; Bassingbourn 29-Sep-42; battle damaged 20-Dec-42 on mission to bomb the German air depot at Romilly-sur-Seine, France. Crash-landed Parsonage Farm,...

  • 41-24452

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24452 was assigned to 91BG/401BS at Bangor 29-Aug-42; Bassingbourn 1-Oct-42. Despatched on 20-Dec-42 to bomb the German air depot at Romilly, France. Enemy aircraft KO’d tailplane and the aircraft crashed near Rouen, France. 3KIA 7POW MACR...

  • 41-24489 Terry and the Pirates

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24489 'Terry and the Pirates' was assigned 367BS/306BG Westover 17-Aug-42; Thurleigh 13-Oct-42; Missing in Action 20-Dec-42 on mission to bomb the German air depot at Romilly-sur-Seine, France. Shot down by enemy aircraft and crashed near...

  • 41-24495 Rose O' Day

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24495 'Rose O' Day' was assigned 367BS/306BG Westover 17-Aug-42; Thurleigh 13-Oct-42; Missing in Action 20-Dec- 42 while on a mission to bomb the German air depot at Romilly-sur-Seine, France. Shot down by enemy aircraft, crashed Creil, France...

  • 41-24517 Kali

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24517 [GN-O] 'Kali' 303BG/427BS assigned with crew on 1-May-42 at Alamogordo Field, Almogordo, New Mexico. Sent with crew to Dow Field, Bangor, Maine for deployment 5-Oct-42. Arrived at Molesworth, UK 24-Oct-42 ...

  • 41-24541 Spook

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24541 "Spook" was assigned 358BS/303BG [VK-G] Kellogg Fd 14-Sep-42; Molesworth 16-Sep-42;The aircraft participated in 12 Operations - 4 Aborted (See Biography events) ...

  • 41-24558 Hunga Dunga

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F-25-BO 41-24558 [VK:F] "Hunga Dunga" was assigned to the 358BS/303BG [VK-F] at Bangor. Maine on 14-Oct-42; arrived at Molesworth, UK on 16-Oct-42; Missing in Action Vegasack 18-Mar-43 when it was attacked by enemy aircraft near Helgoland. Germany...

  • 41-24566 Zombie

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24566 'Zombie' [BN-W] was assigned 303BG/359BS [BN-W] at Alamogordo Field, New Mexico on 23-Jun-42. Stationed at Kellogg Field, Battle Creek, Michigan until 3-Oct-42 when it went to Bangor, Maine for deployment to England.; Molesworth 25-Oct...

  • 41-24569 Memphis Tot

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24569 "Memphis Tot: [GN:V] was assigned 427BS/303BG [GN-W] Bangor 5-Oct-42; Molesworth 22-Oct-42. ...

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
15 February 2015 19:47:01 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
Sources

Lee Cunningham 15-Feb-2015. Added Bomber Gunner claims to statistics on 91BG, 303BG, 305BG, 306BG Romilly per "The Mighty Eighth War Diary" Roger A. Freeman.

Date Contributor Update
15 February 2015 19:45:40 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
Sources

Lee Cunningham 15-Feb-2015. Added Bomber Gunner claims to statistics on 44BG Romilly per "The Mighty Eighth War Diary" Roger A. Freeman.

Date Contributor Update
11 November 2014 21:11:15 Lee8thbuff Changes to description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 11-Nov-2014. Description based on "USAAF Combat Chronology" Jack McKillop and "The Mighty Eighth War Diary" Roger A. Freeman.

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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