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VIII Bomber Command 8

29 August 1942

Official description

Not yet known

Description

97BG despatches 13 B-17s to attack German airfields at Courtrai, France.

Mission details

1. COURTRAI (Primary)

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

No fighter escort. The RAF has been bombing targets in Germany and other Occupied countries since 11 -May-40, but only at night. The daylight raids of the American 8th Air Force seem to have taken the Germans off guard, so resistance has been light. Also the number of bombers sent by 8th Air Force to the target have been much smaller in number than those currently being despatched to target by the RAF.

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 28.15
Number of aircraft Sent 13
Number of aircraft Effective 11
Number of aircraft Damaged 3
Enemy aircraft claimed as Probably Destroyed by Bomber Command 1
Enemy aircraft claimed as Damaged by Bomber Command 1

2. STEENE (Opportunistic)

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

A single aircraft drops its bombs on the German airfield Steene at COURTRAI, France as a target of opportunity.

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 1.00
Number of aircraft Sent 1
Number of aircraft Effective 1

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
15 February 2015 18:35:13 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
Sources

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

Date Contributor Update
07 January 2015 12:23:28 Emily Changes to event
Sources

Changed Stene back to to Steene based on information at 8th AF HS

Date Contributor Update
12 December 2014 11:02:29 Emily Changes to event
Sources

Moved Mission pin & changed title from STEENE/COURTRAI (Opportunistic) to STENE (Opportunistic).

Steene in France is a small town- modern satellite images on Google Maps do not suggest that there was an airfield nearby. There was a German airfield at Stene in Belgium, close to the current location of Ostend Airport, which falls on a more direct route from Courtrai to Polebrook/Grafton Underwood.

Date Contributor Update
03 November 2014 17:42:25 Lucy May Changes to event
Sources

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Date Contributor Update
26 October 2014 17:22:38 Lee8thbuff Changes to description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 26-Oct-2014. Mission description based on "USAAF Combat Chronology" Hack 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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