Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description
VIII Air Support Command Mission Number 1: 16 B-26Bs are dispatched against the marshaling yard at Abbeville, France; 14 hit the target at 2000 hours; 10 aircraft are damaged; casualties are 2 WIA. With this mission, the VIII Air Support Command begins combat operations, having acquired the 322d, 323d, 386th, and 387th Bombardment Groups (Medium).
Source: THE ARMY AIR FORCES IN WORLD WAR II: COMBAT CHRONOLOGY, 1941-1945 by Carter / Mueller, the Office of Air Force History,
Non-Combat Accident Reports
Aircraft: B-17F (#42-30305). Organization: 349BS / 100BG of Thorpe Abbots, Norfolk. Pilot: Barnhill, Woodrow B. Notes: killed in a crash. Location: Thorpe Abbots/ 1/2mi N S139 England. Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5 source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-47D (#42-8382). Organization: 487FS / 352FG of Bodney, Norfolk. Pilot: Hill, Leroy C Jr. Notes: taxiing accident. Location: Bodney, Norfolk England. Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3 source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Mission "8th AF Fighter Command Fighter Operation 72" Fighter support for diversionary raid in Dunkirk/Calais/Ostende/St. Omer area July 16, 1943
Primary source for mission statistics: Mighty Eighth War Diary by Roger A. Freeman
Enemy Aircraft X-P-D
Enemy Aircraft (on gnd) X-P-D
USAAF Aircraft X-E-D
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