VIII Bomber Command 73

14 July 1943

Object Number - UPL 25220 - Lt. Carroll Dayle Briscoe (306thBG, 369thSq) flying the "Carroll Jun," named after his daughter who was born in the middle of his tour.

Description

The German air depot at Villacoublay, France and the German airfields Amiens/Glisy and Le Bourget at Paris, France are the primary targets for this mission. These attacks are made by three separate elements: 116 B-17s are despatched from 92BG (15); 303BG (19); 305BG (20); 306BG (24); 379BG (20); and 384BG (18). 101 aircraft of this element are effective on the target. 1 B-17 from 303BG was ditched 30 miles off Shoreham and the entire crew was rescued by ASR; 1 B-17 from 305BG was shot down by enemy aircraft - 7KIA 4POW; and one B-17 from 384BG was shot down by enemy aircraft - 4POW 6EVD (No MACR issued). This formation included 5 YB-40 gunships from 92BG and did not receive fighter escort. The bomber gunners of this element claim 15-7-16 of attacking enemy aircraft.

The second element was a combined force of 64 B-17s from 91BG (20); 351BG (20); and 381BG (24) despatched to bomb the German airfield Amiens/Glisy. 53 of these aircraft were effective on the target. 1 B-17 from 381BG exploded during assembly - 6KIA 4RTD; 3 other B-17s were Damaged Beyond Repair (DBR) but all the crews were RTD. The bomber gunners of this element claim 9-0-2 of attacking enemy aircraft. German fighters conducted mainly head-on attacks on the bomber stream. This element received fighter escort.

The third element was a combined force of 84 B-17s from 94BG (19); 95BG (22); 96BG (21); and 100BG (22) despatched to bomb the airfield of Le Bourget at Paris, France. 52 aircraft of this element were effective on the target. 94BG sustains the significant loss of 4 B-17s - 11KIA 14POW 16EVD. The bomber gunners have a field day against the Luftwaffe, claiming 41-27-32 of the attacking enemy aircraft. This element did not have fighter escort.

Mission Details

AMIENS/GLISY (Primary)

Description: AIRFIELD

Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes: 381st Bomb Group had the Missing in Action (MIA), it exploded during assembly. 351st Bomb Group had a Damaged Beyond Repair (DBR) crash-landing in southern England, but could not confirm tail number. This element received fighter escort.

The insignia of the 351st Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment
The insignia of the 381st Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Air base

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 82.95
  • People killed in action: 16
  • People wounded in action: 3
  • Prisoners of war: 4
  • Enemy aircrafts destroyed by bomber: 9
  • Enemy aircraft damaged by bomber: 2
  • Aircraft sent: 64
  • Aircraft effective: 53
  • Aircraft missing in action: 1
  • Aircraft damaged: 34

PARIS/LE BOURGET (Primary)

Description: AIRFIELD

Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress

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
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment
The insignia of the 95th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment
The insignia of the 96th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 122.85
  • People killed in action: 11
  • People wounded in action: 16
  • People evaded: 16
  • Prisoners of war: 14
  • People returned to duty: 10
  • Enemy aircrafts destroyed by bomber: 41
  • Enemy aircrafts probably destroyed by bomber: 27
  • Enemy aircraft damaged by bomber: 32
  • Aircraft sent: 84
  • Aircraft effective: 52
  • Aircraft missing in action: 4
  • Aircraft damaged: 50

VILLACOUBLAY

Description: 101 of 116 B-17s drop thier bombs on the AIR DEPOT at Villacoublay, France.

Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes: Despatch by 92nd Bomb Group includes 5 YB-40s.

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 379th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment
The insignia of the 384th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 232.50
  • People killed in action: 8
  • People wounded in action: 3
  • People evaded: 7
  • Prisoners of war: 7
  • People returned to duty: 10
  • Enemy aircrafts destroyed by bomber: 15
  • Enemy aircrafts probably destroyed by bomber: 7
  • Enemy aircraft damaged by bomber: 16
  • Aircraft sent: 116
  • Aircraft effective: 101
  • Aircraft missing in action: 3
  • Aircraft damaged: 67

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People

Brigadier-General Fred L. Anderson and his crew of the 94th Bomb Group with their B-17 Flying Fortress (XM-Z) at Bury St. Edmunds (Rougham). 19 May 1943.' Printed caption on reverse: '51783 AC- Brig. General Fred L. Anderson with crew of the 94th Bomb Group, 8th Air Force, beside a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress. Back row, left to right: S/Sgt. J.D. Polk, ball turret gunner, Okla. City, Okla.; S/Sgt. A.W. Hornden[?], top turret gunner; T/Sgt. McNemar, Radio Operator, Weston, W. Va.; General Anderson; Col. J.
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 94th Bomb Group 333rd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 16064840
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Tail Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 384th Bomb Group 544th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 33212942
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Tail Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few 326th Bomb Squadron 327th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 37264777
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Tail Gunner/Waist Gunner
  • 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
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 335th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 16060366 / O-665661
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
  • Role/Job: Pilot

Aircraft

Revisions

Date15 Jan 2016 19:35:03
ContributorMags
Sources

303rd BG Web Page

Date8 May 2015 18:03:19
ContributorLee8thbuff
Sources

Lee Cunningham 8-May-2015. Added bomber gunner claims t on enemy aircraft to statistics of Le Bourget/Paris element per "The Mighty Eighth War Diary", Roger A. Freeman.

Date8 May 2015 18:01:16
ContributorLee8thbuff
Sources

Lee Cunningham 8-May-2015. Added bomber gunner claims on enemy aircraft to statistics on the Villacoublay element per "The Mighty Eighth War Diary", Roger A. Freeman.

Date8 May 2015 17:57:22
ContributorLee8thbuff
Sources

Lee Cunningham 8-May-2015. Added bomber gunner claims on enemy aircraft to statistics of Amiens/Glisy element per " The Mighty Eighth War Diary", Roger A. Freeman.

Date7 May 2015 21:16:40
ContributorLee8thbuff
Sources

Lee Cunningham 7-May-2015. Edited 3rd element Mission Description to include target, "The Mighty Eighth War Diary", Roger A. Freeman.

Date7 May 2015 21:08:47
ContributorLee8thbuff
Sources

Lee Cunningham 7-May-2015. Added Mission Description based on "The Mighty Eighth War Diary", Roger A. Freeman.

Date7 Oct 2014 15:57:36
ContributorTom
Sources

Associated aircraft 42-30301. B-17 Fortress at War, Roger Freeman 1977

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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