8th Air Force 212

6 February 1944

Description

German airfields and V-Weapon sites in France are the primary targets of this mission. A combined force total of 642 heavy bombers are depatched from 8th Air Force 1st, 2nd and 3rd Bomb Divisions. The primary targets of 1st Bomb Division were the German airfields at Nancy/Essay and Dijon/Longvic; the primary target for 2nd Bomb Division was the V-Weapon site at St.Pol/Siracourt; and the primary target for 3rd Bomb Division was the Germany airfield at Romilly-sur-Seine. Cloud cover caused the formations to break up and they then sought targets of opportunity. The claims of the bomber gunners of all Bomb Divisions were bundled in the source data as 3-3-0 and these have been displayed in the statistics of 3BD. Mission summary as follows:

3rd Bomb Division: 189 B-17s are despached from: 94BG; 95BG; 96BG; 100BG; 385BG; 388BG; 390BG; 447BG; and 452BG. 60 aircraft attacked the German airfield at St. Andre de L'eure, France and 40 aircraft bombed the German airfield at Evreux/Fauville. Both are Targets of Opportunity (TO). 3 aircraft Faield to Return (FTR) - 21KIA 9POW. 1 aircraft was Damaged Beyond Repair (DBR) upon return in a crash attributed to Pilot Error. 10RTD. 30 aircraft were damaged. There were no other casualties of losses.

1st Bomb Division: 303 B-17s are despatched from: 91BG; 92BG; 303BG; 305BG; 306BG; 351BG; 379BG; 381BG; 384BG and 401BG and bomb the German airfield at Caen/Carpiquet, France as a Target of Opportunity (TO) 1 aircraft Failed to Return (FTR) 2KIA 8POW. 1 aircraft with battle damage is Damaged Beyond Repair (DBR) in a crash landing upon return. 3 airmen on this aircraft baled out over France and managed to evade capture. - 6RTD 3EVD. 13 aircraft are damaged. There are no other casualties or losses.

2nd Bomb Division: 150 B-24s from: 44BG; 389BG; 392BG; 445BG; 446BG; 448BG and 452BG are despatched. 37 bomb the German airfield at Chateaudun, France and 9 bomb the V-Weapon site at Eclimeux. Both are Targets of Opportunity (TO). 1 aircraft is Damaged Beyond Repair (DBR) in a crash on take off - 7KOM 3 INJ/RTD. 7 aircraft are damaged. There are no other casualties.

Mission Details

CAEN/CARPIQUET (Opportunistic)

Description: AIRFIELD

Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes: It has not been determined which Groups from 1st Bomb Division diverted to this target. 60 bomb Caen/Carpiquet Airfield.

Official emblem of the 303rd Bomb Group approved 7 November 1942.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment
The insignia of the 351st Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment
The insignia of the 379th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 166.50
  • People killed in action: 2
  • Prisoners of war: 8
  • Aircraft sent: 303
  • Aircraft effective: 60
  • Aircraft missing in action: 1
  • Aircraft damaged: 13

Châteaudun, France

Description: AIRFIELD

Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator

Notes: It has not been determined which Groups from 2nd Bomb Division diverted to this target

The insignia of the 389th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment
The insignia of the 392nd Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment
A pathfinder B-24 Liberator (serial number 42-51681) of the 453rd Bomb Group flies in formation with a fellow Liberator of the 453rd and and a pathfinder Liberator of the 445th Bomb Group. Image via Alan Rowsell.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment
A flight of B-24 Liberators of the 446th Bomb Group fly in formation above the clouds.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment
The insignia of the 448th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 93.00
  • People killed in action: 8
  • People returned to duty: 2
  • Aircraft sent: 150
  • Aircraft effective: 37
  • Aircraft damaged beyond repair: 1

DIJON/LONGVIC (Primary)

Description: AIRFIELD

Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes: Primary target for 1st Air Division was Dijon/Longvic. It was obscured by clouds so it was not attacked.

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 0.00
  • People killed in action: 2
  • Prisoners of war: 8
  • Aircraft missing in action: 1

ECLIMEUX (Opportunistic)

Description: V-1 MISSILE SITES

Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator

Notes: It has not been determined which Groups from 2nd Bomb Division diverted to this target

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 25.25
  • Aircraft sent: 9
  • Aircraft effective: 9

EVREUX/FAUVILLE (Opportunistic)

Description: AIRFIELD

Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes: It has not been determined which Groups from 3rd Bomb Division diverted to this target

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 142.00
  • People killed in action: 12
  • Prisoners of war: 8
  • Aircraft sent: 40
  • Aircraft effective: 40
  • Aircraft missing in action: 2
  • Aircraft damaged: 10

Nancy, France / Essay, France

Description: AIRFIELD

Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes: 303 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division are despatched. Weather and mechanical problems cause 243 from this formation to abort mission.

Official emblem of the 303rd Bomb Group approved 7 November 1942.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment
The insignia of the 351st Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment
The insignia of the 379th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 0.00
  • People evaded: 3
  • People returned to duty: 6
  • Aircraft sent: 243
  • Aircraft damaged beyond repair: 1

ROMILLY SUR SEINE (Primary)

Description: AIRFIELD

Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes: 189 B-17s from 3rd Bomb Division are despatched. Weather and mechanical problems cause 89 from this formation to abort mission. Primary obscured by clouds, 100th Bomb Group hit targets of opportunity.

Official emblem of the 100th Bomb Group, approved 30 March 1944 and replaced 1957
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment
The insignia of the 385th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment
The insignia of the 388th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment
The insignia of the 390th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment
The insignia of the 447th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 0.00
  • People killed in action: 9
  • Prisoners of war: 1
  • People returned to duty: 10
  • Aircraft sent: 89
  • Aircraft missing in action: 1
  • Aircraft damaged beyond repair: 1

Description: AIRFIELD

Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes: It has not been determined which Groups from 3rd Bomb Division diverted to this target

Official emblem of the 100th Bomb Group, approved 30 March 1944 and replaced 1957
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment
The insignia of the 385th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment
The insignia of the 388th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment
The insignia of the 390th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment
The insignia of the 447th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 178.00
  • People killed in action: 21
  • Prisoners of war: 9
  • Enemy aircrafts destroyed by bomber: 3
  • Enemy aircrafts probably destroyed by bomber: 3
  • Aircraft sent: 150
  • Aircraft effective: 60
  • Aircraft missing in action: 3
  • Aircraft damaged: 20

Description: V-1 MISSILE SITES

Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator

Notes: 150 B-24s from two Bomb Group are despatched. Weather and mechanical problems cause 107 from this group to abort mission. Primary St. Pol/ Siracourt obscured by clouds, 37 bomb Chateaudun Airfield and 9 bomb Eclimeuax V-weapon site.

The insignia of the 389th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment
The insignia of the 392nd Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment
A pathfinder B-24 Liberator (serial number 42-51681) of the 453rd Bomb Group flies in formation with a fellow Liberator of the 453rd and and a pathfinder Liberator of the 445th Bomb Group. Image via Alan Rowsell.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment
A flight of B-24 Liberators of the 446th Bomb Group fly in formation above the clouds.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 0.00
  • People killed in action: 8
  • People returned to duty: 2
  • Aircraft sent: 107
  • Aircraft damaged beyond repair: 1

Connections

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People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 388th Bomb Group 561st Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 33389045
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade)
  • Role/Job: Tail Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 612th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 36703821
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Togglier, Waist Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 358th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-742656
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 381st Bomb Group 535th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-809511
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Navigator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 384th Bomb Group 545th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 33213036
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade)
  • Role/Job: waist gunner

Aircraft

Revisions

Date4 Feb 2016 21:54:53
ContributorLee8thbuff
Sources

Lee Cunningham 4-Feb-2016. Made connections to participating units (bundled for 3rd BD) and added statisitics per "The Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces", Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

Date4 Feb 2016 21:49:09
ContributorLee8thbuff
Sources

Lee Cunningham 4-Feb-2016. Added Note to Dijon element per "The Mighty Eighth War Diary" Roger A. Freeman.

Date4 Feb 2016 21:44:38
ContributorLee8thbuff
Sources

Lee Cunningham 4-Feb-2016. Added Statistics to Chateaudun element per "The Mighty Eighth War Diary", Roger A. Freeman.

Date4 Feb 2016 21:40:18
ContributorLee8thbuff
Sources

Lee Cunningham 4-Feb-2016. Corrected statistics on Caen element per "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces", Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

Date4 Feb 2016 21:16:29
ContributorLee8thbuff
Sources

Lee Cunningham 4-Feb-2016. Added Mission Description per "The Mighty Eighth War Diary", Roger A. Freeman.

Date29 May 2015 10:22:35
Contributorjdossetter
Sources

updated location

Date29 May 2015 10:21:42
Contributorjdossetter
Sources

updated locations

Date27 Sep 2014 18:43:17
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'.