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VIII Bomber Command 7

28 August 1942

Official description

Not yet known

Description

97BG despatches 14 B-17s to bomb the Avions Portez aircraft factory at Meault, France.

Mission details

1. MEAULTE

Description

AVION PORTEZ AIRCRAFT FACTORY

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

First attack on an aircraft factory. No fighter escort.

Units

  • 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 25.35
Number of aircraft Sent 14
Number of aircraft Effective 11
Number of aircraft Damaged 3
Number of people Killed In Action 1

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
26 October 2014 17:07:50 Lee8thbuff Changes to description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 29-Oct-2014. Mission description based on "USAAF Combat Chronology" Jack McKillop, http://www.usaaf.net/chron/42/aug42.htm

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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