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STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Eighth Air Force): Mission 248: 219 B-24s are dispatched to hit airfields at Mont De Marsan, Cayeux and Bordeaux/Merignac, France but bad cloud conditions force a target change and multiple aborts; 62 hit Bergerac Airfield, 60 hit Cognac/Chateaubernard Airfield, 41 hit Landes de Bussac Airfield and 1 hits La Roche Airfield; they claim 14-2-5 Luftwaffe aircraft; 4 B-24s are lost, 1 is damaged beyond repair and 23 damaged; casualties are 1 WIA and 35 MIA. Escort is provided by 34 P-38s, 185 P-47s and 88 Eighth and Ninth Air Force P-51s; 2 P-38s are lost, 1 is damaged beyond repair and 1 pilot is killed and another MIA; 1 P-47 is damaged and 1 pilot is KIA; the P-51s claim 14-0-6 Luftwaffe aircraft in the air and 0-0-6 on the ground; 3 P-51s are lost, 1 damaged beyond repair and 1 damaged; 1 pilot is WIA and 4 MIA.



  • Joseph Sutphin

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 448th Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak and crashed NW of Niort, FR after the crew baled out on a mission to Mont-de-Marsau, FR on 5 Mar 1944 in B-24J #42-100414. Prisoner of War (POW).



  • 8th Air Force 248

    5 March 1944
    The German airfields at Mont-de-Marsan, Cayeux and Bordeaux/Merginac, France were the primary targets for this mission. Weather and clouds frustrate bombing attempts and formations bomb other secondary targets and targets of last resort. Mission...


Date Contributor Update
23 February 2018 05:45:21 Changes to history

David Sutphin

Date Contributor Update
23 February 2018 05:44:43 Changes to name, latitude, longitude, history and mission associations

David Sutphin

Date Contributor Update
23 February 2018 05:22:55 Created entry with name, latitude, longitude, person associations and aircraft associations

David Sutphin