VIII Bomber Command 16

7 November 1942

Official Description

34 Heavy Bombers attack U-boat pens at Brest.

Description

A combined bomber force of 56 B-17s are despatched by 91BG, 301BG and 306BG to bomb the U-Boat pens at Brest, France. This is the first mission flown by 91st Bomb Group. This element is joined by 12 B-24s from 93BG. To aide the attacking bomber force, 7 B-24s from 44BG fly a diversion. This is the first mission for 44th Bomb Group

Mission Details

Description: DIVERSION

Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator

Notes: The 44th Bomb Group fly their first mission.

Mission Statistics

  • Aircraft sent: 7
  • Aircraft effective: 7

BREST (Primary)

Description: U-BOAT PENS

Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes: The 306th Bomb Group has 15 of 24 B-17s reaching the target. All 18 B-17s despatched from 301st Bomb Group are recalled and none reach the target.

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

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 57.50
  • Enemy aircrafts destroyed by bomber: 1
  • Enemy aircrafts probably destroyed by bomber: 2
  • Enemy aircraft damaged by bomber: 5
  • Aircraft sent: 56
  • Aircraft effective: 23
  • Aircraft damaged: 11

BREST (Primary)

Description: U-BOAT PENS

Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress

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

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 22.00
  • People wounded in action: 2
  • Enemy aircrafts destroyed by bomber: 2
  • Enemy aircraft damaged by bomber: 2
  • Aircraft sent: 12
  • Aircraft effective: 11
  • Aircraft damaged beyond repair: 1
  • Aircraft damaged: 1

BREST (Primary)

Description: U-BOAT PENS

Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator

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

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 22.00
  • Enemy aircrafts destroyed by bomber: 3
  • Enemy aircrafts probably destroyed by bomber: 1
  • Enemy aircraft damaged by bomber: 2
  • Aircraft sent: 14
  • Aircraft effective: 8
  • Aircraft damaged: 11

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People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars 322nd Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars 322nd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-662725
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot
First Lieutenant Harold Beasley,of the 91st Bomb Group with his B-17 Flying Fortress. Press caption for image series: ‘EXCLUSIVE PICTURES AS CREWS RETURN FROM RAID. Night and Day air blitz of enemy continues. “Forts” smash Axis factories at Antwerp. Raid carried out by crews who took part in Paris raid previous day. The greatest air offensive in history is being carried out by the Anglo-American air forces. For 72 hours bombs have been crashing down on Hitler’s Europe in the West almost nonstop. A
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars 401st Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-379237
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars 324th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars 322nd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 18063124
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Bombardier, Bombardier; Togglier

Aircraft

Revisions

Date24 Sep 2019 13:52:37
ContributorEmily
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Air Force Combat Chronology

Date15 Feb 2015 19:02:50
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 15-Feb-2015. Added Bomber Gunner claims to statistics on 91BG/93BG Brest per "The Mighty Eighth War Diary" Roger A. Freeman.

Date15 Feb 2015 19:00:49
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 15-Feb-2015. Added Bomber Gunner claims to statistics on 92BG Brest per "The Mighty Eighth War Diary" Roger A. Freeman.

Date15 Feb 2015 18:59:47
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 15-Feb-2015. Added Bomber Gunner claims to statistics on 306BG Brest per "The Mighty Eighth War Diary" Roger A. Freeman.

Date29 Oct 2014 18:18:36
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 29-Oct-2014. Recall of 301BG based on "Mighty Eighth War Diary" Roger A. Freeman.

Date29 Oct 2014 18:15:44
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 29-Oct-2014. Last mission event detail is in error concerning 93BG, the 14 B-17s despatched are from 91BG and on their first mission. I am blocked from DELETING the 93BG reference. Based on "Mighty Eighth War Diary" Roger A. Freeman.

Date29 Oct 2014 18:02:04
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 29-Oct-2014. Correction of typographical error in Mission Description.

Date29 Oct 2014 18:00:40
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 29-Oct-2014. Edit to mission notes.

Date29 Oct 2014 17:56:02
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 29-Oct-2014. Mission description based on "Mighty Eighth War Diary" Roger A. Freeman.

Date27 Sep 2014 18:43:16
ContributorAAM
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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'.