392

5 June 1944

Object Number - UPL 44305 - 8th Air Force mission 392; June 5, 1944; Le Touguet, France beach defenses. 447th Bomb Group strike photo

Official Description

629 Heavy Bombers attack 6 coastal defence installations in Cherbourg-Caen area and 8 in Pas de Calais area, along with 3 V-weapon sites and a railroad bridge. 6 Bombers are lost.

Mission Details

BOULOGNE (Primary)

Description: COASTAL DEFENSES

CAEN (Primary)

Description: COASTAL DEFENSES

CHERBOURG (Primary)

Description: COASTAL DEFENSES

Description: COASTAL DEFENSES

Notes: Bomb Groups participating 44th Bomb Group, 91st Bomb Group, 93rd Bomb Group, 94th Bomb Group, 95th Bomb Group, 96th Bomb Group, 100th Bomb Group, 303rd Bomb Group, 379th Bomb Group, 384th Bomb Group, 385th Bomb Group, 388th Bomb Group, 389th Bomb Group, 390th Bomb Group, 446th Bomb Group, 447th Bomb Group, 448th Bomb Group, 452nd Bomb Group, 458th Bomb Group, 467th Bomb Group, 489th Bomb Group, 491st Bomb Group, 491st Bomb Group.

Description: COASTAL DEFENSES

Description: COASTAL DEFENSES

Notes: Lt. Col. Leon R. Vance, Jr (Navigator,) 489th Bomb Group lead aircraft B-24 41-28690 44th Bomb Group/66th BS, was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his actions on this mission. He was acting as the lead navigator for the 489th Bomb Group on this mission. This was the only CMOH to be awarded to any B-24 crewman in 8th Air Force. He survived the wounds he received this day and was to be awarded the medal upon his return to the United States. However, Lt. Col Vance was lost in action on 26 July 1944 when the aircraft in which he was a passenger and that was carrying wounded back to the States was lost over the Atlantic. This was the 11th CMOH to be awarded to a member of the 8th Air Force

  • Unit Hierarchy: Division
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment
  • Unit Hierarchy: Division
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Combat organisation
  • Unit Hierarchy: Division
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Combat organisation

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 1,896 T

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People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 100th Bomb Group 349th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 18137748
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Waist Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 390th Bomb Group 571st Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade)
  • Role/Job: Ball Turret Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 100th Bomb Group 349th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 39854329
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Tail Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 390th Bomb Group 571st Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 33529901
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: waist gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs 66th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Navigator, Radar, Radar Navigator

Aircraft

Revisions

Date25 Jan 2019 14:49:22
Sources

USAAF Combat Chronology.

Date27 Sep 2014 18:43:06
ContributorAAM
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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