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VIII Air Support Command 01

16 July 1943

Official description

Not yet known


This is the first mission flown by medium bombers (B-26) of the VIII Air Service Command. 16 B-26s from 323rd Bomb Group are despatched to make an attack at medium altitude on the railroad marshaling yards at Abbeville, France. 14 are effective on the target, however 10 are damaged by anti-aircraft fire. There are no losses or claims.

Mission details




Aircraft type

B-26 Marauder


First mission for the 323rd Bomb Group.1st mission of 8th Air Force Support Command (B-26 units) to a target. These attacked at medium altitude. No fighter escort on this mission.


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Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 16.75 tons
Number of aircraft Sent 16
Number of aircraft Effective 14
Number of aircraft Damaged 10
Number of people Wounded in Action 2



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Date Contributor Update
07 May 2015 21:45:18 Lee8thbuff Changes to description

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

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:43:15 AAM AAM ingest

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'.