VIII Bomber Command 49

4 April 1943

Object Number - UPL 23266 - Lt. Frank Robert Spitznagel and crew. 364th Squadron, 305th BG. Assembled June 18, 1943 in front of their B-17 #42-29633, nicknamed...

Description

The Renault armament and motor works at Paris, France are the primary target of this mission. 97 B-17s are despached: 91BG (26); 303BG (23); 305BG (18); and 306BG (30). 85 of the 97 despatched are effective on the target. Fighter resistance is heavy and 4-B-17s are MIA and 16 are damaged. The combined claims of bomber gunners are 47-13-6 on the attacking fighters. The 305BG meets the fiercest resistance, contributing 25-6-5 to the total. The 305th Bomb Group is awarded as Disinguished Unit Citation for this action. The number of enemy aircraft destroyed (47) is probaby an exageration, as the gunners from many bombers are firing at the attacking fighters. However, the numbers give a good indication of the resistance mounted by the Luftwaffe. There is no fighter escort for this mission.

In addition to the main formation, a combined force of 25 B-24s are despatched from 2nd Bomb Wing (44BG and 93BG) to fly a diversion over the North Sea. There are no losses or claims in this group.

Mission Details

Description: DIVERSION

Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator

Notes: Diversional sweeps over the North Sea by B-24s (44th Bomb Group and 93rd Bomb Group)

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

Mission Statistics

  • Aircraft sent: 25

PARIS (Primary)

Description: RENAULT ARMAMENT WORKS

Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes: The 305th Bomb Group is awarded a Distinguished Unit Citation (1st of 2). No fighter escort on this mission.

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: 251.00
  • People killed in action: 14
  • People wounded in action: 3
  • People evaded: 2
  • Prisoners of war: 26
  • Aircraft sent: 97
  • Aircraft effective: 85
  • Aircraft missing in action: 4
  • Aircraft damaged: 16

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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: 14049756 / O-437941
  • Highest Rank: Captain
  • 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 323rd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-728815
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 305th Bomb Group Can Do 366th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-726992
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Co-Pilot

Aircraft

Revisions

Date29 Dec 2014 19:08:24
ContributorLee8thbuff
Sources

Lee Cunningham 29-Dec-2014. Description based on "USAAF Combat Chronology" Jack McKillop and "The Mighty Eighth War Diary" Roger A. Freeman.

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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