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VIII Air Support Command 31A/31B

23 August 1943

Official description

Not yet known

Description

VIII ASC 31A 21 B-26s from 322BG are despatched to bomb the power station at Gosnay, France. Cloud cover completely obscured the target and the mission was recalled. No losses or claims.

VIII ASC 31B 36 B-2s from 386BG are despatched to bomb the German airfield at Poix/Nord, France. Cloud cover completely obscured the target and the mission was recalled. No losses or claims.

Mission details

1. GOSNAY

Description

POWER STATION

Aircraft type

B-26 Marauder

Notes

Mission abandoned because of cloud cover.

Units

  • 322nd Bomb Group

    322nd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 322nd Bombardment Squadron (Medium) was activated on 19-Jun-1942 at MacDill Field, Florida with B-26B Marauder aircraft. In late September 1942 the unit moved to Drane Field, Florida. The Ground echelon sailed for the UK aboard the Queen Elizabeth...

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped None
Number of aircraft Sent 21

2. POIX/ NORD

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

B-26 Marauder

Notes

Mission abandoned because of cloud cover.

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 None
Number of aircraft Sent 36

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
25 May 2015 19:18:02 Lee8thbuff Changes to description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 25-May-2015. Correcting typo in Mission Narrative.

Date Contributor Update
25 May 2015 19:17:08 Lee8thbuff Changes to name and description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 25-May-2015. Added 31B to Mission title and 31B mission details to Narrative base on "The Mightly Eight War Diary" Roger A. Freeman.

Date Contributor Update
25 May 2015 19:13:49 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
Sources

Lee Cunningham 25-May-2015. Corrected target from Port Area to Power Station per "The Mighty Eight War Diary", Roger A. Freeman.

Date Contributor Update
25 May 2015 19:11:32 Lee8thbuff Changes to description
Sources

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

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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