VIII Bomber Command 24

6 December 1942
A flight of B-17 Flying Fortresses of the 305th Bomb Group, in formation returning from Lille. Printed caption on reverse: 'Vapor trails made by Boeing B-17's returning from Lille, France. US Air Force Photo.' Handwritten caption on reverse: 'KY-A, 25085?. KY-B, 124591 "Rigor Mortis". KY-C, 25078. JJ-Q, 25060. JJ-R, 123614 "Snafu". XK-U "Wham Bam". XK-P "Flapper".

Object Number - FRE 923 - A flight of B-17 Flying Fortresses of the 305th Bomb Group, in formation returning from Lille. Printed caption on reverse: 'Vapor trails made by...

Official Description

36 HBs attack Atelier d’Hellemmes locomotive works at Lille while a smaller group of aircraft bomb Abbeville/Drucat A/F.

Description

The German airfield of Drucat at Abbeville, France is the primary target for 19 B-24s despatched from 44th Bomb Group but are recalled. One squadron of 6 does not hear the recall and proceeds to the target, 1 B-24 MIA.
Also, a combined force of 86 B-17s despatched from 91BG (22); 303BG (20) and 305BG (24) are sent to bomb the Atelier d'Hellemmes locomotive works at Lille, France. 43 of these are effective on the target and only 4 of these are from 305BG. 1 B-17 MIA.
A combined force of 6 B-17s from 11th Combat Crew Replacement Center (Bovington) and 16 B-17s from 306BG are despatched on a diversion, but the 6 from 11th CCRC are recalled while in form-up over their base and the 16 from 306BG just fly a mock diversion.

Mission Details

RECALLED

Description: DIVERSION

Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes: 11th Combat Crew Replacement Center (CCRC), Bovington. got recalled while still over their base during form-up.

Mission Statistics

  • Aircraft sent: 6

Description: MOCK DIVERSION

Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress

Mission Statistics

  • Aircraft sent: 16

ABBEVILLE/ DRUCAT (Primary)

Description: AIRFIELD

Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator

Notes: 44th Bomb Group was recalled but on BS did not get the message and continued to the target. There is no fighter escort for this element.

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 55.50
  • People killed in action: 10
  • People wounded in action: 3
  • Enemy aircrafts probably destroyed by bomber: 3
  • Enemy aircraft damaged by bomber: 1
  • Aircraft sent: 19
  • Aircraft effective: 6
  • Aircraft missing in action: 1
  • Aircraft damaged: 1

LILLE (Primary)

Description: ATELIER D'HELLEMMES LOCOMOTIVE WORKS

Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes: There is no fighter escort for this element.

Official emblem of the 303rd Bomb Group approved 7 November 1942.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 100.00
  • People killed in action: 10
  • People wounded in action: 2
  • Prisoners of war: 1
  • Enemy aircrafts destroyed by bomber: 4
  • Enemy aircrafts probably destroyed by bomber: 5
  • Enemy aircraft damaged by bomber: 5
  • Aircraft sent: 66
  • Aircraft effective: 37
  • Aircraft missing in action: 1
  • Aircraft damaged: 9

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People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 427th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 18058489
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Waist Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 305th Bomb Group Can Do 422nd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 14061377
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Waist Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars 323rd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 13028912 / O-789365
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 360th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 13049248
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: waist gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 427th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 17030785
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Radio Operator

Aircraft

Revisions

Date24 Sep 2019 14:00:30
ContributorEmily
Sources

Air Force Combat Chronology

Date15 Feb 2015 19:35:10
ContributorLee8thbuff
Sources

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

Date15 Feb 2015 19:33:48
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 15-Feb-2015. Added Bomber Gunner claims to statistics on Abbeville per "The Mighty Eighth War Diary" Roger A. Freeman.

Date13 Nov 2014 10:58:33
ContributorEmily
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Associated media based on images associated with mission in Freeman, Mighty Eighth War Diary

Date8 Nov 2014 18:28:15
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 8-Nov-2014. Associations for 11th CCRC.

Date8 Nov 2014 18:24:40
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 8-Nov-2014. Place connections.

Date8 Nov 2014 18:19:29
ContributorLee8thbuff
Sources

Lee Cunningham 8-Nov-2014. Edit to mission detail.

Date8 Nov 2014 18:17:42
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 8-Nov-2014, Description based on "USAAF Combat Chronology" Jack McKillop.

Date27 Sep 2014 18:43:17
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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