VIII Air Support Command 40

31 August 1943

Description

76 B-26s from: 322BG (36) and 386BG (36) are despatched to bomb military installations at Hesdin, France. The mission is recalled when the target is foound to be obscured by clouds. There are no losses or claims.

Mission Details

62140 Hesdin, France

Description: HESDIN

Aircraft Type: B-26 Marauder

Notes: Cloud cover prevents bombing.

Lieutenant James T. Wilson and Lieutenant Robert J. Owen of the 386th Bomb Group in the cockpit of their B-26 Marauder. Image stamped on reverse: 'Not to be published.' [stamp], 'Ministry of Information 19 Aug 1943.' [stamp] nand '279545.' [Censor no.] Printed caption on reverse: 'AT THE US MARAUDERS BASE. The B-26 Marauders, American super medium bombers are operating now from bases in Britain. This series of pictures shows various scenes at the airfield where the ground crew and the fliers work together
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Ninth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force Ninth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: None
  • Aircraft sent: 72

Revisions

Date29 May 2015 18:01:30
ContributorLee8thbuff
Sources

Lee Cunningham 29-May-2015. Added Mission Narrative and corrected date per "The Mighty Eighth War Diary", Roger A. Freeman.

Date29 May 2015 17:58:34
ContributorLee8thbuff
Sources

Lee Cunningham 29-May-2015. Corrected date, target and events per "The Mighty Eighth War Diary", Roger A. Freeman

Date27 Sep 2014 18:43:15
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'.