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8th Air Force 270

21 March 1944

Official description

Not yet known


The V-Weapon site at Watten, France is the target for this mission. A combined force of 65 B-24s from: 44BG; 93BG; 392BG; and 458BG are despatched. 7 aircraft are damaged. There are no other losses, casualties or claims.

Mission details

1. Watten, France



Aircraft type

B-24 Liberator


Groups attacking are all part of 2nd Bomb Division. No bomber gunner claims.


  • 392nd Bomb Group

    392nd Bomb Group

    The 392nd Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators out of Wendling, Norfolk from August 1943 until April 1945. They were the first Group allocated B-24H Liberators, the first B-24 series fitted with a nose turret on the production line. The adaptation increased...

  • 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    The 44th Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 15-January-1942 at McDill Field, Florida and equipped with B-24Cs. The Group moved to Barksdale Field, Louisiana and acted as a training unit for the 90th 93rd and 98th Bomb Groups and flew anti...

  • 458th Bomb Group

    458th Bomb Group

    The 458th Bomb Group (H) entered combat with the 8th Air Force in February 1944. Based at Horsham St. Faith in England, the combat crews participated in the decisive Campaigns 'Big Week', 'Big B', D-Day and the assault on Germany's oil industry waged...

  • 93rd Bomb Group

    93rd Bomb Group

    The 93rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 1 Mar 42 at Barksdale Field, Louisiana. On 15 May 42. the Group moved to Ft. Myers, Florida, to continue advanced flight training and also to fly antisubmarine patrols over the Gulf of Mexico. They...

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 213.80
Number of aircraft Sent 65
Number of aircraft Effective 56
Number of aircraft Damaged 7



  • Burton Bush

    Military | Captain | Pilot/Lead Pilot | 458th Bomb Group

  • Carleton Gillmore

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down on 19th mission. Had 2 missions over Berlin. Liberated Lubeck Prisoner of War (POW) Plane was Hard to Get B-17 #448225 POW

  • William Mulholland

    Military | Sergeant | Instrument Specialist, Mechanic, Aerial Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Bill went on flight status at the age of 30. He acquired the nickname "The Count" or "Count Nickels" after telling the other flyers tales of working in the NYC subway System where he said the change booth attendant was called "Count Nickels." ...


Date Contributor Update
01 March 2016 20:00:28 Lee8thbuff Changes to description

Lee Cunningham 1-Mar-2016. Added Mission Narrative based on "The Mighty Eighth War Dairy", Roger A. Freeman.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:43:12 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'.