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8th Air Force 256

12 March 1944

Official description

Not yet known


The industrial areas of St. Pol and Siracourt, France are the primary target fot this mission. A combined force of 52 B-24s from: 44BG; 93BG; and 392BG are despatched. 46 are effective on the primary target and 6 other bomb Targets of Opportunity (TOs). 1 aircraft with battle damage is Damaged Beyond Repair (DBR) in a crash landing upon return - 10RTD. There are no other losses, casualties or claims.

Mission details




Aircraft type

B-24 Liberator


It has not been determined which Groups from 2nd Bomb Division attacked this target. No claims on enemy fighter by the bomber gunners.

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 23.36
Number of aircraft Sent 6
Number of aircraft Effective 6

2. ST. POL/SIRACOURT (Primary)



Aircraft type

B-24 Liberator


A group of P-38s was assigned to provide escort, but they were unable to take-off due to weather. No claims on enemy fighter by the bomber gunners.


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Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 179.12
Number of aircraft Sent 46
Number of aircraft Effective 46
Number of aircraft Damaged Beyond Repair 1
Number of people Wounded in Action 1
Number of people Returned To Duty 10
Enemy aircraft claimed as Destroyed by Bomber Command 0
Enemy aircraft claimed as Probably Destroyed by Bomber Command 0
Enemy aircraft claimed as Damaged by Bomber Command 0



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Date Contributor Update
23 February 2016 20:52:04 Lee8thbuff Changes to description

Lee Cunningham 23-Feb-2016. Added Mission Narrative baces on "The Mighty Eighth War Diary", Roger A. Freeman.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:43:11 AAM AAM ingest

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'.