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VIII Bomber Command 17

8 November 1942

Official description

41 HBs bomb the Abbeville/Drucat A/F and the Atelier d’Hellemmes locomotive works at Lille.

Description

Two Primary (P) targets are the objects of this mission: the German airfield of Drucat at Abbeville, France and the Atclier d'Hellemmes locomotive works at Lille, France. 91BG despatches 15 B-17s to Abbeville and 301BG and 306BG despatch a combined force of 38 B-17s to Lille. This is the last mission for 301BG with the 8th AF in the ETO.

Mission details

1. ABBEVILLE/ DRUCAT (Primary)

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

There is no fighter support for this mission.

Units

  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    Group
    The 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated at Harding Field, Louisiana on 15-April-1942 and went to MacDill Field, Florida for the first phase of training from 16-May-1942 to 25-June-1942. The Group was then assigned to 2nd Air Force at Walla...

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 27.50
Number of aircraft Sent 15
Number of aircraft Effective 11
Number of aircraft Damaged Beyond Repair 1
Number of aircraft Damaged 4
Number of people Wounded in Action 5
Number of people Returned To Duty 10
Enemy aircraft claimed as Destroyed by Bomber Command 1
Enemy aircraft claimed as Probably Destroyed by Bomber Command 2
Enemy aircraft claimed as Damaged by Bomber Command 1

2. LILLE (Primary)

Description

ATCLIER D'HELLEMMES RR WORKS

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

This is the last combat mission for the 301st Bomb Group with 8th Air Force. They have flown 8 missions in 104 sorties and dropped 186 tons of bombs. They were re-assignedto 12th Air Force 14-Sep-42 and later with 15th Air Force operating from bases in Italy. The Spitfires from 4th Fighter Group are sent as support for the bombers only on their withdrawal from the target.

Units

  • 301st Bomb Group

    301st Bomb Group

    Group
    Activated 3-February-1942 at Geiger Field, Washington and equipped with B-17s. On 27-May-1942 the ground unit moved to Alamogordo Army Air Field, New Mexico, and the aircraft went to Muroc Army Air Field (now Edwards Air Force Base), California for...

  • 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    Group
    Constituted as 306th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 28 Jan 1942. Activated on 1 Mar 1942. Trained for combat with B-17's. Moved to England, Aug-Sep 1942, and assigned to Eighth AF Eighth Air Force in September 1942 Station 111 Thurleigh. During combat,...

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 73.25
Number of aircraft Sent 38
Number of aircraft Effective 31
Number of aircraft Missing In Action 1
Number of aircraft Damaged 8
Number of people Killed In Action 5
Number of people Wounded in Action 3
Number of people Evaded 1
Number of people Prisoners of War 4
Enemy aircraft claimed as Destroyed by Bomber Command 10
Enemy aircraft claimed as Probably Destroyed by Bomber Command 4
Enemy aircraft claimed as Damaged by Bomber Command 13

Service

People

  • Richard Adams

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 8 November 1942 in B-17F-10-BO 41-24472 while serving as Pilot. Evaded. He reported to the American Consulate Gibraltar 21 April 1943 and returned to England on 23-Apr-43.

  • William Anderson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    On 8 Nov 1942, on first mission, B-17F #41-24570 "Panhandle Doggie" 91BG/323BS suffered severe damage on the mission to bomb the German airfield Abbeville/Drucat but plane returned with all crew and was salvaged. He was serving as Pilot on that...

  • Haley Aycock

    Military | Major | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 324BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: AM, PH, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Rex Barker

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    On 8 Nov 1942, on first mission, B-17F #41-24570 "Panhandle Doggie" 91BG/323BS suffered severe damage on the mission to bomb the German airfield Abbeville/Drucat but plane returned with all crew and was salvaged. He was serving as Radio Operator on...

  • Harold Beasley

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Beasley's crew claimed to shoot down 4 German fighters on a mission over Paris on 4 April 1943, they then claimed a further fighter on a mission over Antwerp the following day. ...

  • William Bloodgood

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 30 December 1942 in B-17 42-24449 'Short Snorter' while serving as Pilot. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Benedict Borostowski

    Military | Master Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 401BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 17-Apr-43 in B-17 42-5070 'Invasion II'. Plane was on fire when all crew parachuted to safety. Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 15519 Awards: PH, POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Robert Brunn

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 20 December 1942 in B-17F 41-24452. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Edwin Bush

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Bombardier | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Aboard 'The Saint' B-17F 41-24431 which suffered an accident while taxiing on the runway on 12-Feb-43 due to strong winds. All 7 crew members were safe. Shot down 17-Apr-43 in B-17 42-5070 'Invasion II'. Plane was on fire when all crew parachuted to...

  • William Chubb

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 30-Dec-42 in B-17F 42-24449 'Short Snorter' while serving as Bombardier. Killed in Action (KIA)

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Aircraft

  • 41-24352 Holey Joe

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 352BS/301BG Chelveston 7/42; Tafaraoui 24/11/42; crash landed Mateur 9/5/43 40m with George Peabody; flak damage 6/11/43; Returned to the USA 22/10/43; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Walnut Ridge 31/10/45....

  • 41-24570 Panhandle Dogie

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24570 "Panhandle Dogie" Assigned 323BS/91BG [OR- ] Bangor 10-Sep-42; Bassingbourn 11-Oct-42; damaged on first mission Abbeville 8-Nov-42 limped back to base, and became a Hangar Queen; Salvaged BD 27-Nov-42 10RTD. ...

  • 42-5077 Delta Rebel No. 2

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Tulsa 15 September 1942, arrived in Bangor, Northern Ireland 11 October 1942; Assigned to the 323 Bomb Squadron/ 91st Bomb Group [coded OR-T] at Bassingbourn on 15 October 1942. On 1 May 1943, Delta Rebel No. 2 became the first B-17 Flying Fortress...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 September 2019 13:53:10 Emily Changes to official description
Sources

Air Force Combat Chronology

Date Contributor Update
15 February 2015 19:05:38 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
Sources

Lee Cunningham 15-Feb-2015. Added Bomber Gunner claims to statistics on Lille per "The Mighty Eighth War Diary" Roger A. Freeman.

Date Contributor Update
15 February 2015 19:04:50 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
Sources

Lee Cunningham 15-Feb-2015. Added Bomber Gunner claims to statistics on Abbeville per "The Mighty Eighth War Diary" Roger A. Freeman.

Date Contributor Update
29 October 2014 18:29:51 Lee8thbuff Changes to description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 29-Oct-2014. Mission description based on "USAAF Combat Chronology" Jack McKillop http://www.usaaf.net/chron/42/nov42.htm

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:43:16 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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