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8th Air Force 296 and 8th Air Force Field Order 294

10 April 1944

Official description

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Description

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Mission details

1. COULOMMIERS (Opportunistic)

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

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Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 17T HE

2. FLORENNES/JUZAINE (Primary)

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

39 P-38s despatched, all attack, no losses or claims. First Dropsnoot mission for 20th Fighter Group. 29 P-38s are to be used as fighter-bombers, the other 10 provide escort. Clouds covered the target so bombs were dropped in the Channel.

Units

  • 20th Fighter Group

    20th Fighter Group

    Group
    In August 1943, the 20th Fighter Group arrived in Clyde, Scotland, before travelling to Kings Cliffe, Northamptonshire, which was to be their base for the rest of the war. The Group flew 312 missions before their last mission on 25 April 1945. The...

Mission Statistics

3. GUTERSLOH

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

28 P-38s and 46 P-47s are despatched to bomb this airfield. 1 P-38 lost.

Units

  • 20th Fighter Group

    20th Fighter Group

    Group
    In August 1943, the 20th Fighter Group arrived in Clyde, Scotland, before travelling to Kings Cliffe, Northamptonshire, which was to be their base for the rest of the war. The Group flew 312 missions before their last mission on 25 April 1945. The...

  • 359th Fighter Group

    359th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 359th Fighter Group flew 346 missions from East Wretham between December 1943 and April 1945. In the main these missions were escorting bombers flying over occupied Europe. The Group, soon after converting from Thunderbolts to Mustangs, were...

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 13T HE

4. ST. DIZIER (Primary)

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

51 P-38s and 7 P-47s (353rd Fighter Group escort) are despatched, but this primary target is covered by clouds. 16 P-38s attack Coulommiers Airfield instead. 2 P-38s are lost and 1 damaged. 353rd Fighter Group gave area support and then strafed Villaroche Airfield.

Units

  • 353rd Fighter Group

    353rd Fighter Group

    Group
    The 353rd Fighter Group was assigned to the Eighth Air Force on 7 June 1943. The group flew P-47 Thunderbolts, and from October 1944, P-51 Mustangs, as escorts for bombing missions across occupied Europe and to strafe targets on the ground. Tactical...

  • 55th Fighter Group

    55th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 55th Fighter Group were the first P-38 Lightning Group to go fully operational from England. The pilots flew long-range escort missions for bombers flying over occupied Europe and racked up 'kills' of their own by destroying enemy aircraft in...

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 0.00

Service

People

  • Clemens Fiedler

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot
    Assigned to 335FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. A/C P-51B 43-7190 struck by flak while strafing Romarantin Airdrome in France. Determining he could not make it back, he called on the R/T informing his escorts of his intention to bail out. Twice he rolled the...

  • Jack Jenkins

    Military | Colonel | Pilot | 55th Fighter Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed near Coulommiers on 10 Apr 44 in P-38 'Texas Ranger' #42-67825. MACR 3620. ...

  • Don Ostrander

    Military | Major General | Ordnance and Armament Officer
    General Ostrander was born in Stockbridge MI, attended local schools and studied engineering at Western State College, MI. He entered the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in June 1933 and graduated in 1937. ...

  • Donald Willis

    Military | Flying Officer | Pilot | 20th Fighter Group
    Joined RAFVR, assigned to 121S, transferred to 335FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF, transferred to VIII Fighter Command, 67th Fighter Wing Operations. Flew with the 55th Fighter Squadron, 20th Fighter Group at Kingscliffe, evaluating new fighter-bomber tactics for...

Aircraft

  • 42-67825 'Texas Ranger IV'

    P-38 Lightning
    Shot down, flak hit, crashed near Coulommiers on 10 Apr 44. MACR 3620.

  • 42-68184

    P-38 Lightning
    Built as a P-38J by Lockheed, field modified to 'Droop Snoot*' configuration as the first full prototype of type. Trials A/C, later used operationaly as well. Led formations of 20th and 44th FG P-38's on bombing raid 10-4-44. ...

  • 42-67450 'Eze Does It'

    P-38 Lightning
    P-38J field modified to 'Droop Snoot*' configuration. Assigned to the 20th Fighter Group. The groups other P-38's would fly in close formation with the 'droop snoot*' and all drop their bombs when the lead aircraft released its. Several missions were...

  • 42-67822

    P-38 Lightning
    Built by Lockheed as a P-38J, field modified at Langford Lodge into a 'Droop Snoot*' configuration. ...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:43:12 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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