VIII Bomber Command 103

26 September 1943
A B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 42-3352) nicknamed "Virgin's Delight" flies in formation with fellow aircraft of the 94th Bomb Group. Printed caption on reverse: ''53031 AC - Boeing B-17's in flight revealing new bomb racks U.S. AIR FORCE PHOTO - 1361st Photographic Squadron Aerospace Audio-Visual Services (MAC).' First handwritten caption on reverse: '26/9 no Bombing- weather. 26/9/43' Second handwritten caption on reverse: 'B-17 Flying Fortress 6737. 3 of 6 pics.'

Object Number - FRE 824 - A B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 42-3352) nicknamed "Virgin's Delight" flies in formation with fellow aircraft of the 94th Bomb Group. Printed...

Description

This mission was composed of four elements. The first element was a combined force of 55 B-17s from 91BG (19); 381BG (18); and 351BG (18) that were dispatched to attack industrial targets in and around Paris, France. As the formation approached the enemy coast the weather deteriorated and the element was recalled There were no losses or claims by this element, but 9 aircraft were damaged, one beyond repair.

The second element was a combined force of 84 B-17s dispatched from: 94BG (18); 96BG (22); 385BG (23); and 388BG (21) to bomb the German airfield at Reims/Champagne. Clouds and weather frustrated the bombing effort. The 18 from 94BG and the 23 from 385BG were unable to bomb. 40 aircraft were effective on the target. 1 aircraft sustained a mid-air collision over Bulphan, UK 10KIA 1RTD (parachuted). 1 other was Damaged Beyond Repair (DBR).

The third element was a combined force of 63 B-17s from 95BG (21); 100BG (21); 390BG (21) dispatched to bomb the vehicle factories at Meulon Les Mureaux and Citroen, France. This formation was also recalled due to weather. There were no aircraft losses or claims, but one airman was KIA in a returning aircraft.

The fourth element was a formation of 37 B-24s from 44BG (3) and 392BG (24) that were dispatched to fly a diversion for the formations which were to attack Paris and these were also recalled. There were no losses or claims.

Mission Details

Description: DIVERSION

Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator

The insignia of the 392nd Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 0.00
  • Aircraft sent: 37

MEULAN/ LES MUREAUX

Description: MEULON LES MUREAUX and CITROEN FACTORIES

Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes: Recalled due to weather.

  • 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 95th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 0.00
  • People wounded in action: 2
  • Aircraft sent: 63

PARIS (Primary)

Description: UNKNOWN TARGET

Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes: Abandoned due to weather.

The insignia of the 351st Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment
The insignia of the 381st Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Air base

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 0.00
  • People returned to duty: 10
  • Aircraft sent: 55
  • Aircraft damaged beyond repair: 1
  • Aircraft damaged: 2

REIMS/ CHAMPAGNE (Primary)

Description: AIRFIELD

Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes: Despatch from 94th Bomb Group and 385th Bomb Group unable to bomb because of weather.

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
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment
The insignia of the 96th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 118.00
  • People killed in action: 20
  • People returned to duty: 1
  • Aircraft sent: 84
  • Aircraft effective: 40
  • Aircraft damaged beyond repair: 2
  • Aircraft damaged: 21

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People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 381st Bomb Group 534th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 39398025
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Tail Gunner
A bomber crew of the 388th Bomb Group with their B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 42-30207) nicknamed "Big Red.' Handwritten caption on reverse: 'Bailey Crew.'
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 388th Bomb Group 561st Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-793713
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 381st Bomb Group 534th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-669955
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Navigator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 388th Bomb Group 560th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 16066310 / O-735023
  • Highest Rank: Captain
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 388th Bomb Group 562nd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-523642
  • Highest Rank: Captain
  • Role/Job: Pilot

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Hard Luck
  • Unit: 388th Bomb Group 561st Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Big Red
  • Unit: 388th Bomb Group 561st Bomb Squadron
The nose art of a B-17 Flying Fortress nicknamed ""Li'l" One" of the 562nd Bomb Squadron, 388th Bomb Group. Handwritten caption on reverse: '388.' Printed caption on reverse: 'B-61555 AC - The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress "Li'L One" at an airbase in England, 19 September 1943. 562nd Bomb Sqdn., 388th Bomb Gp. U.S. Air Force Photo.'
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Lil One
  • Unit: 388th Bomb Group 562nd Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Fritz Blitz
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 335th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Mischief-Maker II
  • Unit: 96th Bomb Group 339th Bomb Squadron

Revisions

Date31 Jan 2018 17:50:47
Contributorwilliam henry
Sources

Correct typos

Date29 Jun 2015 18:04:46
ContributorLee8thbuff
Sources

Lee Cunningham 29-Jun-2015. Added Mission Description based on "The Mighty Eighth War Diary", Roger A. Freeman.

Date13 Nov 2014 11:40:13
ContributorEmily
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Associated Media based on images associated with missions in Freeman, The Mighty Eighth War Diary.

Date27 Sep 2014 18:43:16
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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