VIII Bomber Command 14

9 October 1942

Official Description

B-24’s join air assault in first US mission in which more than 100 bmrs are dispatched from UK. The principal tgts are the steel and engineering works of the Compagnie de Fives at Lille and the locomotive and freight car works of Ateliers d’Hellemmes at Lille, which are attacked by 69 B-17’s and B-24’s. Other tgts attacked (by 10 HBs) are Courtrai/Wevelghem and Saint-Omer A/Fs and the city of Roubaix.

Description

Bombers are dispatched to bomb the steel and engineering works of the Compagnie de Fives at Lille, France and the locomotive and freight car works of Ateliers d'Hellemmes at Lille which are the Primary (P) targets. Other targets are Courtrai Airfield, Secondary target (S); Roubaix Airfield, Target of Opportunity (O) and Longuenesse Airfield at St. Omer, Target of Last Resort (L).

Mission Details

Description: DIVERSION

Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes: Diversion for Lille raid.

Mission Statistics

  • Aircraft sent: 7

COURTRAI (Secondary)

Description: AIRFIELD

Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes: This is a secondary target for 306th Bomb Group

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 5.00
  • Aircraft sent: 2
  • Aircraft effective: 2

LILLE (Primary)

Description: COMPAGNIE DE FIVES STEEL WORKS

Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes: The 306th Bomb Group, flying B-17s, flies its first mission. Largest formation despatched to date. Bomber gunner claims are displayed on this event for statistical purposes and represent the bundled total of all formations despatched on VIII BC Mission 14.

  • 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: 123.00
  • People killed in action: 12
  • People wounded in action: 11
  • People evaded: 2
  • Prisoners of war: 1
  • People returned to duty: 20
  • Enemy aircrafts destroyed by bomber: 25
  • Enemy aircrafts probably destroyed by bomber: 38
  • Enemy aircraft damaged by bomber: 44
  • Aircraft sent: 89
  • Aircraft effective: 69
  • Aircraft missing in action: 2
  • Aircraft damaged beyond repair: 1
  • Aircraft damaged: 46

LILLE (Primary)

Description: COMPAGNIE DE FIVES STEEL WORKS

Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator

Notes: The 93rd Bomb Group, flying B-24s, flies its first mission. First 8th Air Force B-24 mission and loss.

The insignia of the 93rd Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 25.00
  • People killed in action: 6
  • People wounded in action: 2
  • People evaded: 1
  • Prisoners of war: 3
  • Aircraft sent: 24
  • Aircraft effective: 10
  • Aircraft missing in action: 1
  • Aircraft damaged beyond repair: 1

ROUBAIX (Opportunistic)

Description: AIRFIELD

Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes: This is a target of opportunity for 301th Bomb Group.

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

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 2.50
  • Aircraft sent: 2
  • Aircraft effective: 2

SAINT OMER/ LONGEUNESSE (Last Resort)

Description: AIRFIELD

Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes: This is a target of last resort for the 92nd Bomb Group.

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 12.00
  • People killed in action: 5
  • People evaded: 1
  • Prisoners of war: 3
  • Aircraft sent: 15
  • Aircraft effective: 6
  • Aircraft missing in action: 1

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People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 301st Bomb Group 419th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 35037406
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Waist Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 301st Bomb Group 419th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Co-Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 301st Bomb Group 419th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 14067064
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Ball Turret Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few 327th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 19053673
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: waist gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few 327th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-442749
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot

Aircraft

Revisions

Date24 Sep 2019 13:44:48
ContributorEmily
Sources

Air Force Combat Chronology

Date15 Feb 2015 18:55:37
ContributorLee8thbuff
Sources

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

Date12 Nov 2014 18:46:35
ContributorLee8thbuff
Sources

Lee Cunningham 12-Nov-2014. Correct 93BG association.

Date25 Oct 2014 20:16:47
ContributorLee8thbuff
Sources

Lee Cunningham 25-Oct-2014. Mission description based on "USAAF Combat Chronology" Jack McKillop.

Date25 Oct 2014 20:02:01
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 25-Oct-2014. Description from 'USAAF Combat Chronology) Jack McKillop, http://www.usaaf.net/chron/42/oct42.htm

Date23 Oct 2014 18:15:35
ContributorLee8thbuff
Sources

Lee Cunningham 23-Oct-2014. Connection within web site data.

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'.