VIII Bomber Command 51

16 April 1943
The control tower at Thurleigh air base. A B-17 Flying Fortress (WW-G, serial number 42-5729 later nicknamed "Buccaneer") of the 306th Bomb Group is visible in the background. Image via Mike Bowyer A veteran has written on the reverse: 'From Mike Bowyer 3/72 from collection of wing/Co. 76 sqd. Halifax at Home. RAF station WWII.' Handwritten caption on reverse: 'WW:G 25729, GY:X.'

Object Number - FRE 1161 - The control tower at RAF Colerne. A B-17 Flying Fortress (WW-G, serial number 42-5729 later nicknamed "Buccaneer") of the 306th Bomb Group is visible...

Description

The German U-Boat threat to Allied ship convoys and the destruction of the harbour facilities supporting that capability are the number 1 priority of the Combined Bomber Offensive. Thus, the U-boat pens at Lorient, France and the harbour facilities at Brest, France are the primary targets for this mission. 83 B-17s are despatched to bomb at Lorient, France: 91BG (21); 303BG (21); 305BG (21) and 306BG (20). Fighter attacks, flak, and clouds frustrate the bombing effort and only 59 of the 83 aircraft depatched are effective on the target. Only 1 B-17 from 305BG is MIA, and 8 aircraft are damaged. The bomber gunners claim 9-4-2 on enemy aircraft.

A force of 25 B-24s is despatched to bomb the harbour facilities at Brest, France: 44BG (12) and 93BG (13). 19 of 25 are effective on the target but accuracy is frustrated by an effective smoke screen. Enemy aircraft and flak down 3 B-24s of 93BG. The bomber gunners claim 2-3-1 on enemy fighters.

Mission Details

BREST (Primary)

Description: U-BOAT PENS

Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator

Notes: The attack on Brest is hampered by an effective smoke screen, no fighter escort on this mission.

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

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 52.00
  • People killed in action: 31
  • People wounded in action: 3
  • Aircraft sent: 25
  • Aircraft effective: 19
  • Aircraft missing in action: 3
  • Aircraft damaged beyond repair: 1
  • Aircraft damaged: 9

LORIENT/KEROMAN (Primary)

Description: U-BOAT PENS

Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress

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: 147.00
  • People killed in action: 5
  • People wounded in action: 7
  • Prisoners of war: 5
  • Aircraft sent: 83
  • Aircraft effective: 59
  • Aircraft missing in action: 1
  • Aircraft damaged: 8

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People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 93rd Bomb Group 409th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 12030272
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Top Turret Gunner
  • 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
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 93rd Bomb Group 409th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-790930
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Navigator
  • 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: 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers 364th Fighter Group 1st Scouting Force 369th Bomb Squadron 384th Fighter Squadron 857th Bomb Squadron Headquarters (1st Combat Bomb Wing)
  • Service Numbers: 18052358 / O-441827
  • Highest Rank: Colonel
  • Role/Job: Pilot

Aircraft

Revisions

Date30 Dec 2014 19:30:23
ContributorLee8thbuff
Sources

Lee Cunningham 30-Dec-2014. Correction of typo in description.

Date30 Dec 2014 19:29:16
ContributorLee8thbuff
Sources

Lee Cunningham 30-Dec-2014. Description based on "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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