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Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description

VIII Bomber Command Mission Number 72: 121 B-17s and 5 YB-40s are dispatched to the Caen/Carpiquet Airfield and 64 B-17s are dispatched to the Abbevile/Drucat Airfield, both in France; 34 hit Caen at 0832 hours while 36 hit Abbeville at 0729-0735 hours; they claim 17-7-6 Luftwaffe aircraft; 1 B-17 is lost while 33 others are damaged; casualties are 1 WIA and 10 MIA.

In a second raid, 101 B-17s are dispatched against Le Bourget Airfield, Paris but the mission is abandoned due to cloud cover.

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