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VIII Air Support Command 30A

22 August 1943

Official description

Not yet known

Description

36 B-26s from 386BG are despatched to bomb the German airfield of Beaumont Le Roger, France. 35 are effective on the target. 1 B-26 Failed to Return - 2KIA 2POW 2EVD. The bomber gunners claim 3-0-0 of German fighters.

Mission details

1. BEAUMONT-LE-ROGER

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

B-26 Marauder

Notes

Not yet known

Units

  • 386th Bomb Group

    386th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 386th Bomb Group flew B-26 Marauders for the Eighth and Ninth Air Forces. Whilst with the Eighth, the Group developed the formation release procedure for the B-26 on missions that targeted aerodromes, marshalling yards and V-weapon sites along the...

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 344 X 300GP
Number of aircraft Sent 36
Number of aircraft Effective 35
Number of aircraft Missing In Action 1
Number of aircraft Damaged 8
Number of people Killed In Action 2
Number of people Wounded in Action 1
Number of people Evaded 2
Number of people Prisoners of War 2
Enemy aircraft claimed as Destroyed by Bomber Command 3

Service

People

  • Clayton Burdick

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator/Gunner | 386th Bomb Group
    While serving as Radio Operator/Gunner on B-26B-15 MA 41-34971 'Pay Off ' the aircraft was attacked by a German fighter which set the right engine on fire. TSGT Burdick was able to bale out of the stricken aircraft and managed to evade capture...

  • Wilma Caldwell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 386th Bomb Group
    On 22-Aug-43 in B-26C 41-34971 "Pay Off" [RU:Q] 386BG/544BS while serving as pilot on a mission to bomb the German airfield Beaumont Le Roger, the aircraft was attacked by a German fighter killing the Navigator 2LT Frank A. Schultz and setting the...

  • William Callahan

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Engineer/Gunner | 386th Bomb Group
    While serving a Engineer/Gunner on B-26B-15 MA 41-34971 'Pay Off ' the aircraft was attakce by a German fighter which set the right engine on fire. SSGT Callahan baled ouot of the stricken aircraft and was captured as a Prisoner of War. The aircraft...

  • Andrew Lindsay

    Military | Colonel | Co-Pilot | 386th Bomb Group
    While serving as Co-Pilot of B-26B-15 MA 41-34971 "Pay Off" the aircraft was attacked by a German fighter and crashed one mile northeast of Brionne near Rouen, France August 22, 1943. He was able to bail out of the stricken aircraft and avoid capture...

  • Frank Schultz

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 386th Bomb Group
    While serving a Navigator/Bombardier on B-26B-15 MA 41-34971 'Pay Off ' the aircraft was attacked by a German fighter while on a mission to bomb the German airfield of Beaumont Le Roger, France. The attack killed 2LT Schultz, set the right engine on...

  • Edward Sharpe

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Aerial Gunner | 386th Bomb Group
    While serving as Aerial Gunner on B-26B-15 MA 41-34971 'Pay Off ' the aircraft was engaged by flak and attacked by a German FW-190 fighter while on a mission to attack the German airfield of Beaumont Le Roger, France. The attack set the right engine on...

Aircraft

  • 41-34971 Pay Off

    B-26 Marauder
    B-26C-15-MA 41-34971 "Pay Off" was assigned to 386BG/554BS at Boxted, UK. The aircraft was attacked by an enemy fighter as well as flak on 22-Aug-43 while on a mission to bomb the German airfield of Beaumont Le Roger, France. The fighter attack set the...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
25 May 2015 17:50:30 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
Sources

Lee Cunningham 25-May-2015. Added bomber gunner claims to statistics per "The Mighty Eighth War Diary" Roger A. Freeman.

Date Contributor Update
25 May 2015 17:48:33 Lee8thbuff Changes to description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 25-May-2015. Added Mission Narrative based on "The Mighty Eighth War Diary", Roger A. Freeman.

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