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VIII Air Support Command 34A

25 August 1943

Official description

Not yet known


21 B-26s from 387BG are despatched to bomb the power station at Rouen, France. All 21 are effective on the target late in the afternoon - 1832 hrs. 2 are damaged by anti-aircraft fire. There are no losses or claims

Mission details




Aircraft type

B-26 Marauder


Beginning of Operation STARKEY designed to target important Luftwaffe airfields to contain enemy forces in the West to prevent them from being transferred to the Eastern Front and dress rehearsal for Pas-de-Calais invasion. The Allies hope to lure the Luftwaffe to attack bomber formations so that their aircraft and pilots can be destroyed.


  • 387th Bomb Group

    387th Bomb Group

    The 387th Bomb Group flew just under thirty missions with the Eighth Air Force before being transferred to the Ninth Air Force in October 1943. The Group remained at Chipping Ongar, Essex after being reassigned and continued to hit targets in France....

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 31.50
Number of aircraft Sent 21
Number of aircraft Effective 21
Number of aircraft Damaged 2


Date Contributor Update
27 May 2015 18:28:47 Lee8thbuff Changes to description

Lee Cunningham 27-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

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'.