The Eighth Air Force Historical Society

Eighth Air Force logo

Mission

  • Mouse over the column headings for abbreviation information
  • Click Target names to open a new window with MAPS of the target area
  • Use Back button to return to previous 8AF web page
Missions

The Eighth Air Force Historical Society

Eighth Air Force logo
Missions

MISSION DETAILS

Choose a Different Date or

Click button to view Mission record sections:

    

Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description

VIII Bomber Command Mission No. 54: 79 B-17s are dispatched against the former Ford and General Motors plants at Antwerp, Belgium; 65 aircraft hit the target between 1839 and 1843 hours local. We claim 10-0-2 Luftwaffe aircraft; 16 B-17s are damaged. Casualties are 3 WIA. The B-17s are escorted by 117 P-47Cs up to 175 miles (280 km) from base. A diversion is flown by 20 B-17s and 13 B-24s towards the French coast arousing more than 100 German fighters (about half of the total number in the region) and keeping many of them airborne long enough to prevent their attacking the main effort. None of the 33 diversionary aircraft are damaged or lost.
Source: THE ARMY AIR FORCES IN WORLD WAR II: COMBAT CHRONOLOGY, 1941-1945 by Carter / Mueller, the Office of Air Force History,