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  • Date: 17 August 1942
  • Official Description: B-25’s of 81st Bomb Sq hit stores, depot and tank repair shops at Matruh. This marks debut of the MBs of the 12th Bomb Gp in ME.
  • Date: 19 August 1942
  • Official Description: 22 B-17’s drop 34 tons of bombs on Abbeville/Drucat airfield causing extensive damage. This mission is flown to occupy enemy fighters and prevent them from opposing an invasion by over 5,000 Allied troops, mostly Canadians, who raid Dieppe.
  • Date: 19 August 1942
  • Official Description: 2d Lt Samuel F Junkin Jr of 309th Ftr Sq, 31st Ftr Gp, flying a Spitfire in support of the amphibious raid on Dieppe, shoots down a German fighter, this being the first aerial victory won by an Eighth AF fighter pilot flying from the UK.
  • Date: 20 August 1942
  • Official Description: Principle of coordinated day and night bombing receive its first formal definition in ‘Joint British/American Directive on Day Bomber Operations involving Fighter Cooperation.’ Emphasis is placed on achieving continuity in bombing offensive from UK...
  • Date: 21 August 1942
  • Official Description: 12 airplanes are dispatched to bomb shipyards at Rotterdam, but mission is aborted due to attack by 25 Me-109’s and FW-190’s. Lack of proper coordination with Spitfire escort is major factor in failure of mission.
  • Date: 21 August 1942
  • Official Description: At Gen Arnold’s request, Gen Eisenhower gives Gen Spaatz additional duties as Air Officer for ETOUSA and head of the air section of its staff, thus assuring active participation by Eighth AF in theater planning. 12 airplanes are dispatched to bomb...
  • Date: 21 August 1942
  • Official Description: B-24’s from 2 sqs hit convoy SW of Crete, claiming 2 ships probably sunk. Ftrs attack straggling B-24 and force it to crash-land at sea.
  • Date: 22 August 1942
  • Official Description: B-25’s hit tank and motor repair shop and storage dumps at Matruh. A B-25 is mistakenly shot down by an RAF Beaufighter.
  • Date: 24 August 1942
  • Official Description: 12 Heavy Bombers hit the shipyard of Ateliers et Chantiers Maritime de la Seine at Le Trait. General Spaatz reports RAF attitude towards US daylight precision bombing seems to be changing from one of skepticism to one of tentative approval.
  • Date: 27 August 1942
  • Official Description: 7 HBs attack Wilton shipyards on outskirts of Rotterdam. These yards, the most modern in the Netherlands, are fully employed by the Germans for servicing vessels. 92d Bomb Gp completes nonstop flight of the last of its 4 sqs from Newfoundland to UK...
  • Date: 27 August 1942
  • Official Description: B-24’s bomb a convoy, hitting 1 merchant ship which is reported sinking.
  • Date: 28 August 1942
  • Official Description: 11 B-17’s bomb airplane factory of Avions Potez at Meaulte, an important repair depot for German ftrs.
  • Date: 28 August 1942
  • Official Description: 2 B-24 Squadrons bomb docks, shipping, and jetties in Tobruk harbor.
  • Date: 29 August 1942
  • Official Description: 12 B-17’s attack Courtrai/Wevelghem A/F, an FW-190 base.
  • Date: 29 August 1942
  • Official Description: B-24’s fail to locate shipping near Crete and return without bombing. B-25’s bomb landing ground during 29/30 Aug.
  • Date: 30 August 1942
  • Official Description: B-24’s bomb docks and jetties in Tobruk Harbor.