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Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description

VIII Bomber Command Mission Number 61: 169 B-17s are dispatched against the submarine pens and locks at Saint-Nazaire, France; 147 aircraft hit the target at 1706-1711 hours local; we claim 6-0-1 Luftwaffe aircraft; we lose 8 B-17s, 1 is damaged beyond repair and 58 are damaged; casualties are 10 WIA and 71 MIA. 7 YB-40s, heavily armored B-17s with increased firepower for escorting bombers, fly their first mission. YB-40s show an inability to keep up with B-17s and the need for modification of waist and tail gun feeds and ammunition supplies.

In two other raids, 72 B-17s are dispatched against the Rennes, France naval depot; 57 hit the target at 1601-1605 hours; we claim 19-5-14 Luftwaffe aircraft; we lose 6 B-17s, 1 is damaged beyond repair and 30 others are damaged; casualties are 1 KIA, 10 WIA and 64 MIA. In the third raid, 38 B-24s are dispatched against the U-boat yards at La Pallice, France; 34 hit the target without any casualties on either side.

Source: THE ARMY AIR FORCES IN WORLD WAR II: COMBAT CHRONOLOGY, 1941-1945 by Carter / Mueller, the Office of Air Force History,