VIII Bomber Command 13

2 October 1942

Official Description

Avions Potez aircraft factory at Meaulte is bombed by 30 B-17’s. A small group attacks Saint— Omer/Longuenesse A/F. Some 400 ftr escorts provide cover which is frequently penetrated by German ftrs. The B-17’s show remarkable defensive strength.

Description

97BG and 301BG together despatch 43 B-17s to bomb the Avion Portez aircraft factory ar Meaulte, France; 97BG also despatches 6 B-17s to attack the German airfield Longuenesse at St. Omer, France which is intended as a diversion to the main attack at Meaulte, France. The diversion is escorted by 23 Spitfires from the newly formed 4th Fighter Group. In addition, 12 DB-7 (A-20) from 15th Bomb Squadron attack a ship at the docks of Le Harve, France.

Mission Details

LE HARVE

Description: PORT AREA

Aircraft Type: A-20 Havoc

Notes: A-20s attack a ship at dock in Le Harve, France. This is the last mission for the 15th Bomb Squadron. It will be reassigned to the 12th Air Force. 8th Air Force discontinues use of A-20, DB-7 in bombing raids. Light and medium bombing by these types of aircraft will be taken over by 9th AF.

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

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 11.00
  • Aircraft sent: 12
  • Aircraft effective: 11

MEAULTE

Description: AVION PORTEZ AIRCRAFT FACTORY

Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes: A large force is dispatched against this aircraft factory in France.

  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force Twelfth Air Force Fifteenth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force Twelfth Air Force Fifteenth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 68.75
  • People wounded in action: 3
  • People returned to duty: 10
  • Enemy aircrafts destroyed by bomber: 4
  • Enemy aircrafts probably destroyed by bomber: 9
  • Enemy aircraft damaged by bomber: 5
  • Aircraft sent: 43
  • Aircraft effective: 32
  • Aircraft damaged beyond repair: 1
  • Aircraft damaged: 5

SAINT OMER

Description: AIRFIELD

Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes: This is a diversionary raid in support of primary target of Meault.

  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force Twelfth Air Force Fifteenth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 12.50
  • Enemy aircrafts destroyed by bomber: 5
  • Enemy aircrafts probably destroyed by bomber: 4
  • Enemy aircraft damaged by bomber: 4
  • Aircraft sent: 6
  • Aircraft effective: 6

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People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 301st Bomb Group 325th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 11043898
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Radio Operator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 301st Bomb Group 325th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 13008410
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Waist gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 301st Bomb Group 325th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-?
  • Highest Rank: Major
  • Role/Job: Bombardier
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 301st Bomb Group 325th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Co-Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 301st Bomb Group 325th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 14028454 / O-?
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot

Aircraft

Revisions

Date24 Sep 2019 13:42:21
ContributorEmily
Sources

Air Force Combat Chronology

Date15 Feb 2015 18:45:47
ContributorLee8thbuff
Sources

Lee Cunningham 15-Feb-2015. Added Bomber Gunner claims to statistics on Sr. Omer per "The Mighty Eighth War Diary" Roger A. Freeman.

Date15 Feb 2015 18:44:43
ContributorLee8thbuff
Sources

Lee Cunningham 15-Feb-2015. Added Bomber Gunner claims to statistics on Meault per "The Mighty Eighth War Diary" Roger A. Freeman.

Date27 Oct 2014 16:31:00
ContributorLee8thbuff
Sources

Lee Cunningham 29-Oct-2014. Mission description based on "USAAF Combat Chronology" Jack MbKillop.

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'.