Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description
VIII Bomber Command Mission Number 73: Three targets are struck in France:
1. 111 B-17s and 5 YB-40s are dispatched against the aircraft works at Villacoublay, France; 101 hit the target at 0811-0815 hours; they claim 15-7-16 Luftwaffe aircraft; 3 B-17s are lost and 67 damaged; casualties are 1 KIA, 3 WIA and 21 MIA.
2. 64 B-17s are dispatched against Amiens/Glisy Airfield; 53 hit the target at 0742 hours; they claim 9-0-2 Luftwaffe aircraft; 1 B-17 is lost, 3 are damaged beyond repair and 34 are damaged; casualties are 6 KIA, 3 WIA and 10 MIA.
3. 84 B-17s are dispatched against LeBourget Airfield, Paris; 52 hit the target at 0750-0820 hours; they claim 41-27-32 Luftwaffe aircraft; 4 B-17s are lost, 1 is damaged beyond repair and 50 damaged; casualties are 16 WIA and 41 MIA.
Source: THE ARMY AIR FORCES IN WORLD WAR II: COMBAT CHRONOLOGY, 1941-1945 by Carter / Mueller, the Office of Air Force History,
303BG Mission Report - Target: Villacoublay Aircraft Repair Depot at Paris, France. Crews Dispatched: 22 (358BS - 5, 359th - 5, 360th - 5, 427th - 6). Crews Lost: Lt. Swaffer - crew rescued. Crew Members Lost or Wounded: 1 KIA. Length of Mission: 4 hours, 50 minutes.
Bomb Load: 10 x 500 lb G.P. bombs. Bombing Altitude: 24,800 ft. Ammo Fired: 12,585 rounds.
The 303rd BG(H)'s 20 aircraft were dispatched to attack the Villacoublay Aircraft Repair Depot. Two planes were spares that kept with the formation as far as the English coast. They then turned back as no aircraft had aborted. One YB-40, #42-5739 Lufkin Ruffian, of the 92nd BG(H) accompanied the 303rd BG(H) formation.
Major William Calhoun, CO of the 359th BS led the formation in #41-24635, The '8' Ball MK II. The bombers flew in excellent formation to make a good bomb run and dropped their bombs well in the target area. There were no clouds and visibility was excellent at the 24,000 ft. formation altitude. The flak, although somewhat meager, proved accurate. There were not more than 15 to 20 enemy fighters observed and these made very few attacks on the 303rd BG(H) formation. The few FW-190 and ME-109 attacks were not pressing. After leaving the target the Fortresses were met by their Spitfire cover and escorted back to the English coast.
Aircraft #42-29791 Memphis Blues, 358th BS, was hit by anti-aircraft fire halfway between the target and the French coast and ditched in the English Channel 30 miles off Shoreham.
20 aircraft assigned to this mission: Completed Mission - 14. Failed To Return - 1. Aborted - 3. Scrubbed - 1. Ground Spare, Unused - 1 42-3330 Munday, James S - Failed to Return - MIA; details not listed in Freeman; seen on return along Fr coast w 8-12 Spitfires as escort turning toward Eng; could still be seen 1/3 of way back 42-29956 Hausenfluck, Jesse D - Aborted at Splasher 10 at 0711 hrs when #3 prop governor broke 42-30039 Hall, Kelmer J - Aborted at 0715 hrs over Channel because aircraft could not stay in formation. 42-30139 Christman, Clarence R - Aborted three-four mins. over Fr coast at 0748 hrs due to failure of #1 engine; bombs jettisoned in Channel 1943-07-24
source: 384th Bomb Group web page http://384thBombGroup.com/
91st BG / 322nd BS Mission Report - Raid on Amiens/Glisy Airfield, France. Bomb load: 24 x 100. Bombing altitude: 24,000 ft. Bombing results: Good. A. A. Fire: Moderate and fairly accurate fire from vicinity of Poix, Target and Abbeville. Fighters: 20-25 FW190s and ME) were encountered by our A/C. Time: Leave base 0815, Target 0742, Arrive Base 0850. 91st Group was led by Major J.C. Bishop.
91st BG / 324th BS Mission Report - Target: - Amiens/Glisy Airfield - Bombing results looked good, all hits being in the aiming point or the immediate target area. One very large explosion with column of black smoke 10,000 ft. high was reported believed from fuel or ammunition dump. Hits from other formations reported on runways and other aiming points.
91BG / 401BS Mission Report - EXCELLENT. Many hits were observed on the MPI, and in the target area. A large column of black smoke, 10,000 feet high was seen coming from the target area. Meager, inaccurate flak was experienced in vicinity of (Unreadable) Target area and Abbeville. Some crews, however, reported flak as being very accurate, for they received hits on their aircraft. ENEMY AIRCRAFT: Only two nose attacks made on this group, but heavily concentrated attacks were observed on the group below. About 25 E/A were seen.