VIII Bomber Command 149

5 December 1943
A B-24 Liberator nicknamed "The Oklahoman", piloted by Lieutenant Mason of the 389th Bomb Group bursts into flame during a mission, 5 December 1943. Handwritten caption on reverse: '5/12/43B - 3, 147. 147/RFWD148. 389 BG B-24 struck by flak and destroyed 12/5/43.'

Object Number - FRE 7927 - A B-24 Liberator nicknamed "The Oklahoman", piloted by Lieutenant Mason of the 389th Bomb Group bursts into flame during a mission, 5 December 1943....

Description

This mission is composed of three elements. The first element is a combined force of 216 B-17 from 1st Bomb Division that included: 91BG (10); 92BG (19); 303BG (20); 305BG (20); 306BG (21); 351BG (35); 379BG (21); 381BG (30); 384BG (20); and 301BG (20) dispatched to bomb German airfields of La Rochelle-Laleu, St. Jean D'Angely, Ivry-Paris, Bois-Paris and D'Colombes, France. Weather and cloud cover totally disrupted this element and no aircraft were able to bomb. There are no losses or claims but one aircraft from 401BG crashed on take-off at Deenethorpe. 2INJ 8RTD. 1 other aircraft is damaged

The second element was a force of 92 B-24s of 2nd Bomb Division that included: 44BG (25); 93BG (24); 389BG (23); and 392BG (23) dispatched to bomb the German airfield at Cognac-Chateaubernard, France. Wethter and cloud cover frustrated this element also and only 2 B-24 from 389BG were able to drop on St. Nazaire as a target of opportunity. 1 aircraft Failed to Return (FTR) 9KIA 1POW; 2 airmen in returning aircraft were Wounded in Action (WIA) and 7 aircraft were damaged. There are no claims on enemy aircraft in this element.

The third element was a combined force of 236 B-17s from 3rd Bomb Division that included: 94BG (42); 95BG (24); 96BG (41); 100BG (22); 385BG (21); 388BG (46); and 390BG (40) dispatched to bomb the German air depot at Bordeaux, Merginac, France. Again, weather and cloud cover frustrated bombing attempts. Also, this element encountered fighter resistance. Only 1 aircraft from 96BG was able to bomb the target. 8 aircraft Failed to Return (FTR) 36KIA 5POW 1EVD 29RTD (Rescued by ASR). 4 airmen in returning aircraft are Wounded in Action (WIA). 1 aircraft is damaged. The bomber gunners in this element claim 21-5-5 of attacking German aircraft.

Mission Details

BORDEAUX/MERIGNAC (Primary)

Description: AIRFIELD

Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes: Only one aircraft from 96th Bomb Group was able to bomb in the vicinity of the 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
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 0.25
  • People killed in action: 38
  • People wounded in action: 4
  • People evaded: 1
  • Prisoners of war: 5
  • People interned: 10
  • People returned to duty: 29
  • Enemy aircrafts destroyed by bomber: 12
  • Enemy aircrafts probably destroyed by bomber: 5
  • Enemy aircraft damaged by bomber: 5
  • Aircraft sent: 236
  • Aircraft effective: 1
  • Aircraft missing in action: 8
  • Aircraft damaged: 19

Description: AIRFIELD

Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator

Notes: 2 from 389th Bomb Group Hit St. Nazaire as a Target of Opportunity.

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

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 4.00
  • People killed in action: 9
  • People wounded in action: 2
  • People returned to duty: 1
  • Aircraft sent: 96
  • Aircraft effective: 96
  • Aircraft missing in action: 1
  • Aircraft damaged: 7

LA ROCHELLE/LALEU (Primary)

Description: AIRFIELD

Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes: Weather prevents any from hitting the target. One from 401st Bomb Group crashed on take-off in Deenethorpe. All OK, but bomb load exploded causing damage to the town.

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 returned to duty: 10
  • Aircraft sent: 216
  • Aircraft damaged beyond repair: 1
  • Aircraft damaged: 1

Connections

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People

  • 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: 381st Bomb Group 535th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-809493
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Navigator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 381st Bomb Group 534th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 18042331
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Ball Turret Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 305th Bomb Group Can Do 364th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 14059607
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: waist gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 388th Bomb Group 561st Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 37111609
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant (Technician Fourth Grade)
  • Role/Job: Waist Gunner

Aircraft

Revisions

Date31 Jan 2018 18:25:39
Contributorwilliam henry
Sources

Correct typos

Date15 Jan 2016 20:11:18
ContributorMags
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303rd BG Web Page

Date23 Jul 2015 19:40:50
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 23-Jul-2015. Added target to Mission Narrative of 3BD per "The Mighty Eighth War Diary", Roger A. Freeman.

Date23 Jul 2015 19:38:28
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 23-Jun-2015. Added bomber gunner claims on enemy aircraft to Bordeaux element statistics per "The Mighty Eighth War Diary", Roger A. Freeman.

Date23 Jul 2015 19:36:52
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 23-Jun-2015. Added Mission Narrative based on "The Mighty Eighth War Diary", Roger A. Freeman.

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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