VIII Bomber Command 88

31 August 1943

Object Number - UPL 18990 - "Augerhead" nose art - B-17 Serial #42-29635

Description

This mission is composed of two elements. The first element is composed of 170 B-17s from: 91BG (16); 92BG (19); 303BG (20); 305BG (18); 306BG (18); 351BG (21); 379BG (21); 381BG (19); and 384BG (18). The primary target for this element is German airfield at Romilly-sur-Seine, France, but the target is obscured by clouds preventing 306BG and 384BG from bombing. The Commanding Officer of this 1st Bomb Wing element orders the formations to attack the German airfield at Amiens/Glisy instead making use of VHF radio communications to coordinate the attack. This is the first use of VHF in this manner. 105 aircraft hit the Amiens/Glisy airfield. 3 B-17s Failed to Return (FTR) 20KIA 6POW 3EVD 1RTD (rescued by ACR). 2 of the FTRs were involved in a mid-air collision and ended up crashing into the English Channel on the way to the target. 5 other airmen were KIA in aircraft that returned to base along with 8WIA. 1 aircraft was damaged bu debris from the 2 B-17s that collided but managed to make it back to England but crashlanded at Polebook. 8KOM 2RTD 1 RAF Observer also killed. The bomber gunners claim 5-1-3 of attacking German fighters.

The second element was a combined group of 149 B-17s from: 94BG (21); 95BG (22); 96BG (21); 100BG (19); 385BG (21); 388BG (22); and 390BG (23) despatched to bomb the Meulan aircraft factory at Rouen, France. The target was obscured by clouds and only 1 aircraft managed to bomb a target of opportunity - the railway NE of Rouen. There are no losses or claims but 19 aircraft are damaged.

Mission Details

AMIENS/GLISY (Last resort)

Description: AIRFIELD

Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes: 306th Bomb Group and 384th Bomb Group despatch does not effectively hit the target. The 306th Bomb Group/367th Bomb Squadron has incurred the heaviest losses of any Bomb Squadron in 8th Air Force between October 1942 and the end of August 1943. First use of VHF radio communications to coordinate an attack improvised by the Commanding Officer of 8th Air Force/1st Bomb Wing when the primary target at Rommilly-sur-Seine airfield was obscured by clouds. Previous to this the 8th Air Force had maintained radio silence (as per RAF) procedures.

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 351st Bomb Group.
  • 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

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 310.00
  • People killed in action: 33
  • People wounded in action: 8
  • People evaded: 3
  • Prisoners of war: 6
  • People returned to duty: 3
  • Enemy aircrafts destroyed by bomber: 5
  • Enemy aircrafts probably destroyed by bomber: 1
  • Enemy aircraft damaged by bomber: 3
  • Aircraft sent: 170
  • Aircraft effective: 105
  • Aircraft missing in action: 3
  • Aircraft damaged beyond repair: 1
  • Aircraft damaged: 35

Description: AIRCRAFT FACTORY

Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes: Target obscured. One B-17 hits Rouen rail junction instead.

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
The insignia of the 385th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment
The insignia of the 388th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment
The insignia of the 390th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 3.00
  • People wounded in action: 1
  • Aircraft sent: 149
  • Aircraft effective: 1
  • Aircraft damaged: 19

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People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 381st Bomb Group 534th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 39398025
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Tail Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 334th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 18124489
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade)
  • Role/Job: Ball Turret Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 381st Bomb Group 534th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-669955
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Navigator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 388th Bomb Group 561st Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 37111609
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant (Technician Fourth Grade)
  • Role/Job: Waist Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 335th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 13057861
  • Highest Rank: Master Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Flight Engineer/Waist Gunner

Aircraft

Revisions

Date10 May 2017 19:36:23
ContributorThomBear
Sources

Added a/c 41-24560 per post-mission report.

Date28 May 2015 23:34:01
ContributorLee8thbuff
Sources

Lee Cunningham 28-May-2015. Added bomber gunner claims on enemy aircraft to Amiens/Glisy statistics per "The Mighty Eight War Diary", Roger A. Freeman

Date28 May 2015 23:32:20
ContributorLee8thbuff
Sources

Lee Cunningham 28--May-2015. Added Mission Narrative based on "The Mighty Eighth War Diary", Roger A. Freeman; "Losses of the 8th & 9th AIr Forces", Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

Date27 Sep 2014 18:43:18
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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