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VIII Bomber Command 83

16 August 1943

Official description

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Description

This mission consists of two elements of B-17s despatched to bomb the German airfields of Le Bourget (Paris), Poix and Abbeville, France. The first element is a combined force of 180 B-17s from: 91BG (21); 92BG (17); 303BG (20); 305BG (20); 306BG (20); 351BG (21); 379BG (21); 381BG (20); and 384BG (20) are despatched to bomb at Paris/Le Bourget. 171 B-17s are effective on the target and the formations had fighter escort by P-47s to and from the target. 4 B-17s Failed to Return (FTR), and 46 are damaged. Casualties are: 6KIA 17POW 6WIA 8EVD. The bomber gunners claim 29-3-11 of attacking enemy aircraft.

The second element is a combined formation of 66 B-17s from: 94BG (21); 96BG (24) and 388BG (21) despatched to bomb tw German airfields: one a Poix, France and the other at Abbeville, France. All 66 aircraft are effective but divide their bombs between Poix (65) and Abbeville (64). There are no losses or claims in this formation, although 36 aircraft sustain damage.

Mission details

1. PARIS/LE BOURGET (Primary)

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

92nd Bomb Group despatch includes1 YB-40 gunship. This is the last use of the YB-40.

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...

  • 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,...

  • 351st Bomb Group

    351st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 351st Bomb Group flew strategic bombing missions from their base at Polebrook, Northamptonshire from April 1943 to June 1945. The Group's most famous member was Hollywood actor Clark Gable, who flew four/ five missions with them as an observer...

  • 379th Bomb Group

    379th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 379th Bomb Group (H) (heavy), based at Kimbolton, flew more sorties than any other Bomb Group in the Eighth Air Force and dropped a greater bomb tonnage than any other Group. The B-17 Flying Fortress Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit...

  • 381st Bomb Group

    381st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 381st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Ridgewell, Essex between June 1943 and April 1945. The Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit Citations, the first for bombing shipyards at Bremen, whilst under heavy attack, on 8 October 1943 and...

  • 384th Bomb Group

    384th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 384th Bomb Group flew B-17s from Grafton Underwood, Northamptonshire, between May 1943 and June 1945. They were engaged in daylight bombing missions over Germany as part of the Allies' efforts to destroy the effectiveness of the Luftwaffe by...

  • 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...

  • 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    Group
    The 92nd Group sometime after arrivial in the UK converted to the role of in-theater combat crew indocrination and training. For this role, the Group traded its B-17F complement and obtained the B-17E, mostly from the 97th BG which was departing for...

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 397.35
Number of aircraft Sent 179
Number of aircraft Effective 171
Number of aircraft Missing In Action 4
Number of aircraft Damaged 46
Number of people Killed In Action 6
Number of people Wounded in Action 6
Number of people Evaded 8
Number of people Prisoners of War 17
Number of people Returned To Duty 10
Enemy aircraft claimed as Destroyed by Bomber Command 29
Enemy aircraft claimed as Probably Destroyed by Bomber Command 3
Enemy aircraft claimed as Damaged by Bomber Command 11

2. POIX / ABBEVILLE

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

These aircraft dropped half their load on Poix Air Field and the other half on Abbeville Ai Field

Units

  • 388th Bomb Group

    388th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 388th Bomb Group flew strategic bombing mission from Knettishall, Suffolk from June 1943 to the end of the war. During this time, though, detachments were sent to Fersfield, Norfolk to conduct Aphrodite missions. In these Aphrodite missions veteran...

  • 94th Bomb Group

    94th Bomb Group

    Group
    Activated 15 June 1942 at MacDill Field, Florida. Initial organization and training at Pendleton Field, Oregon on 29 June 1942; Primary flight training at Davis-Monthan Field in Arizona from 28 Aug. 42 to 31 Oct. 42; then at Biggs Field, El Paso, Texas...

  • 96th Bomb Group

    96th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 96th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses to targets across occupied Europe from May 1943 to April 1945. ...

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 8.95
Number of aircraft Sent 66
Number of aircraft Effective 66
Number of aircraft Damaged 38

Service

People

  • Harold Bailey

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) over France when escape hatch opened on B17 42-5827

  • Harold Becker

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 381st Bomb Group
    Bombardier. 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. Credited with one German fighter destroyed on 16 August 1943 with the Cormany crew.

  • Barclay Beeby

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group

  • Charles Bein

    Military | Sergeant (Technician Fourth Grade) | Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 December 1943 in B-17 #4231084. Killed in Action (KIA). AM w/ 2 Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Raymond Bidwell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 16 August 1943 in B-17 #42-30001. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Charles Bigler

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 14 x combat missions. Co-pilot of B-17 42-29866 'Judy B' on Hamburg mission, when pilot Lt Willis C Carlisle was killed at controls. A/C fought of fighters whilst in uncontrolled plunge from 16,000ft to 3,500ft 25...

  • Charles Bliss

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Retired from the USAF with the rank of Colonel

  • John Boyle

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 1 x combat missions. Shot down 16-Aug-1943 in B-17 42-29866. Evaded and returned (EVD/RTD) Awards: AM, PH, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • John Bradley

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 14 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Le Bourget in B-17 42-29866; Shot down by flak 16-Aug-43. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 1352 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME

  • Neil Brennan

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Air Gunner, Togglier/Bombardier | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 26 November 1943 in B-17 #4230832. Prisoner of War (POW). He was a Prisoner of War (POW) from 26 Nov. 1943 to 04 May 1945. He was at Stalag 17B, Krems, Austria. Prisoner of War (POW) no. 100388. POW

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Aircraft

  • 42-29866 'Judy B'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 27/2/43; Sioux City 16/3/43; Kearney 8/4/43; Dow Fd 15/4/43; Assigned 524BS/379BG [WA-L] Kimbolton 21/4/43; Missing in Action Le Bourget 16/8/43 with Chas Biglar, Bombardier: John Boyle, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Albt Tyler,...

  • 42-30001

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 25/3/43; Smoky Hill 3/4/43; Dow Fd 15/4/43; Assigned 526BS/379BG [LF-E] Kimbolton 23/6/43; Missing in Action Le Bourget 16/8/43 with Raymond H. Bidwell, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: John Cannell, Ball turret gunner: Tom Johnson...

  • 42-30207 Big Red

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 29/4/43; Sioux City 11/5/43; Smoky Hill 9/6/43; Dow Fd 12/6/43; Assigned 561BS/388BG [ -T] Knettishall 14/6/43; Missing in Action Bordeaux 27/3/44 with Julius Lederman, Co-pilot: Waite Law, Bombardier: John Luzell (3 Prisoner of War)...

  • 42-30212 Quarterback

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 29/4/43; Sioux City 14/5/43; Smoky Hill 11/6/43; Dow Fd 16/6/43; Assigned 562BS/388BG Knettishall 17/6/43; transferred Aphrodite project, Missing in Action V-sites, Watten 6/8/44 with Lt Joeseph P Andrecheck & T/Sgt Raymond Healy (2...

  • 42-30595 'Gremlin Gus II' "Olin's 69'ers"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 26/6/43; Smoky Hill 13/7/43; Kearney 16/7/43; Dow Fd 19/7/43; Assigned 560BS/388BG Knettishall 20/7/43; (34m) transferred Aphrodite project as OLIN'S 69'ERS; when War Weary, fuselage cut down and vehicle windshield fitted before open...

  • 42-3213 'All American'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 25/3/43; La Guardia 10/4/43; Assigned 92BG Alconbury 24/4/43; transferred 335BS/95BG [OE-W] Framlingham 19/5/43; transferred 3m 323BS/91BG [OR-M] Bassingbourn 16/6/43; Missing in Action 7+m Le Bourget 16/8/43 with Eldon Smith, Co...

  • 42-3291 Miss Mac

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 30/4/43; Dow Fd 13/6/43; Assigned 561BS/388BG Knettishall 14/6/43; on training mission 12/7/44 with Major Boardman Reed, Co-pilot: Major Melvin Buckner, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Paul Weathers, Radio Operator: Ora Kelsey, pass...

  • 42-5797

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 3/2/43; Rapid City 17/2/43; Brookley 28/3/43; Morrison 10/4/43; Assigned 335BS/95BG Alconbury 24/4/43; transferred AFSC 5/43, then 546BS/384BG [BK-E] Grafton Underwood 7/8/43; Missing in Action Le Bourget 16/8/43 with Dave Magowan,...

  • 42-5827 Lakanuki

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 1/3/43; Sioux City 16/3/43; Kearney 9/4/43; Dow Fd 21/4/43; Assigned 524BS/379BG Kimbolton 20/5/43; 526BS [LF-Y]; on mission to Le Bourget 16/8/43 Navigator: Harry Bailey Killed in Actionwhen he fell out of ship after escape hatch...

  • 42-5905 Just Ag

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 26/4/43; Sioux City 7/5/43; Smoky Hill 9/6/43; Dow Fd 30/6/43; Assigned 561BS/388BG Knettishall 3/7/43; detailed Solignen, 30/11/43 with Paul Kelly, Co-pilot: John Corzette, Navigator: John Wiley, Bombardier: Marion Wiles, Flight...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
12 June 2016 10:38:30 Rainer Changes to event
Sources

Updated unit connections according to narrative

Date Contributor Update
12 June 2016 10:37:29 Rainer Changes to person associations and aircraft associations
Sources

Updated connections

Date Contributor Update
17 May 2015 19:19:20 Lee8thbuff Changes to description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 17-May-2015. Added WIA count to Mission Narrative based on "The Mighty Eighth War Diary", Roger A. Freeman (cites 4WIA); and the 303BG Mission Report (cites 2 WIA) http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/059.pdf

Date Contributor Update
17 May 2015 19:16:08 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
Sources

Lee Cunningham 17-May-2015. Corrected EVD statistic and added bomber gunner claims to Le Bouget element statisitics per "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces", Roger A, Freeman. Corrected WIA statistic per 303BG Mission Report: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/059.pdf

Date Contributor Update
17 May 2015 19:09:27 Lee8thbuff Changes to description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 17-May-2015. Added the Mission Narrative based on "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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