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12 August 1944

Mission Details

BUC (Primary)

Description: AIRFIELD

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 148.2 T

CHAUMONT (Primary)

Description: AIRFIELD

Notes: 1st Bomb Division was made up of B-17 is 91st Bomb Group, 92nd BG.303rd BG, 305th BG, 306th BG, 379th BG, 384th BG, 398th BG.

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

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 136.2 T

ETAMPES/MONDESIR (Secondary)

Description: AIRFIELD

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 33 T

JUVENCOURT (Primary)

Description: AIRFIELD

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 131.2 T

La Perthe, 10400 Périgny-la-Rose, France

Description: AIRFIELD

Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes: The 384th Bombardment Group (H) provided all three groups of the 41st "C" Combat Bombardment Wing on today's mission. The mission proceeded generally as briefed, up until bomb release - then the bomb release on the high group lead aircraft failed to operate. The high group leader asked wing for permission to make a second run, which was granted, but the target was so obscured by prior bombing that they were unable to aim accurately. The high group then proceeded to the briefed secondary, an airfield between Étampes and Mondesir and completed a successful attack there.

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 95.7 T
  • Aircraft sent: 43
  • Aircraft effective: 36

LAON/ATHIES (Primary)

Description: AIRFIELD

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 158.1 T

LAON/COUVRON (Primary) / Coudrey, 38570 Morêtel-de-Mailles, France

Description: AIRFIELD Excerpt from Ted's Travelling Circus: 93rd Bombardment Group (H) - USAAF - 1942-45 by Carroll (Cal) Stewart. Page 368 "Briefing at 0330 hours. Target: Laon/Coudrey Aerodrome. Captain Arthur Williamson, just returned from the States to begin a second tour, was in the command role for the 24-plane Circus force. This was a near-perfect mission - good visibility, good formation, excellent bombing, no losses although several ships inhaled flak. Pilot Dunlap put down at RAF Framlingham. "

Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 156.5 T

Metz, France

Description: MARSHALLING YARDS

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 207 T

MOURMELON (Primary)

Description: AIRFIELD

Notes: 2nd Bomb Division was made up of 44th BG, 389th BG, 392nd BG, 453rd BG, 458th BG, 466th BG, 467th BG, 489th BG, 491 BG, 492nd BG.

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

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 208.7 T

TOULOUSE/FRANCAZAL

Description: AIRFIELD

Notes: This is the last leg of the shuttle-bombing mission from the UK-USSR-Italy-UK. 72 B-17s are despatched from Fifteenth AF bases in Italy, 3 have problems and abort, the remainder bomb this airfield in France and proceed to the UK. 62 P-51s that are part of the shuttle mission force escort the bombers along with 43 despatched from the UK. No aircraft are lost.

The insignia of the 390th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment
The insignia of the 95th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 158.8 T

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People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 384th Bomb Group 547th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 36743988
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: MOS 757 - Radio Operator / Mechanic / Gunner, AAF
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 466th Bomb Group 786th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 336th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 36688087
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Waist Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs 506th Bomb Squadron 68th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot; Co-Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 334th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-435741
  • Highest Rank: Captain
  • Role/Job: Pilot

Aircraft

Revisions

Date5 Apr 2020 23:35:47
Contributor466thHistorian
Sources

466th BG Archives - Report on Mission No 103 - 12 August 1944 - Mourmelon, France
NARA Research by Brad Sullivan

Date2 Jul 2015 23:29:20
Sources

NARA mission records

Date2 Jul 2015 23:26:43
Sources

Ted's Travelling Circus: 93rd Bombardment Group (H) - USAAF - 1942-45 by Carroll (Cal) Stewart. Page 368

Date25 Mar 2015 19:50:21
Contributor466thHistorian
Sources

466th BG Historian

Date27 Sep 2014 18:43:07
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'.