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VIII Bomber Command 9

5 September 1942

Official description

Not yet known

Description

15BS despatches 12 DB-7 A-20 bombers to attack the port area of Le Harve, France. 1st mission for 15BS under 8th AF control; 97BG & 301BG attack the railroad marshalling yards at Rouen/ Sotteville, France.

Mission details

1. LE HARVE

Description

PORT AREA

Aircraft type

A-20 Havoc

Notes

11 of 12 attack. No losses, claims or casualties.

Units

  • 15th Bomb Squadron

    15th Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    The 15th Bomb Squadron flew five light bombing missions in DB-7 A-20 Bostons from the UK before being reassigned to the Twelfth Air Force at Mediouna, Algeria from 15-Oct-1942 to 1-Oct-1943. They were later absorbed by the 47th Bomb Group.

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 11.00
Number of aircraft Sent 12
Number of aircraft Effective 11

2. SOTTEVILLE LES ROUENS

Description

MARSHALLING YARDS

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

This is the first mission flown by the 301st Bomb Group. Bomb Group reports indicate almost 20% of the high explosive bombs burst within the marshalling yard. Up to this point the 8th Air Force has been lucky, with only damaged aircraft. However, that is about to change. This is the largest force of bombers to attack a target to date. No fighter escort.

Units

  • 301st Bomb Group

    301st Bomb Group

    Group
    Activated 3-February-1942 at Geiger Field, Washington and equipped with B-17s. On 27-May-1942 the ground unit moved to Alamogordo Army Air Field, New Mexico, and the aircraft went to Muroc Army Air Field (now Edwards Air Force Base), California for...

  • 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 70.50
Number of aircraft Sent 37
Number of aircraft Effective 31

Service

Aircraft

  • 41-24418 'Mickey Finn' 'Special Delivery II'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 352BS/301BG Westover 12/7/42; Chelveston 9/8/42; flew group's first mission 5/9/42; Tafaraoui 26/11/42; as MICKEY FINN 11m; transferred 32BS and renamed SPECIAL DELIVERY II total 79m; Returned to the USA Rapid City 398BG (training) 10/11/43;...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
12 December 2014 14:20:01 Emily Changes to event
Sources

Moved pin from Rouen to the Marshalling Yard at Sotteville-Les-Rouens

Date Contributor Update
26 October 2014 18:09:08 Lee8thbuff Changes to description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 26-Oct-2014. Mission description based on "Mighty Eighth War Diary" Roger A. Freeman.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:43:18 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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