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VIII Bomber Command Mission Number 77: Two targets in Germany and a convoy are hit:

1. 119 B-17s and 2 YB-40s are dispatched against rubber factories at Hannover; 96 hit the target at 1200-1243 hours; they claim 40-9-28 Luftwaffe aircraft; 16 B-17s are lost; casualties are 4 KIA, 22 WIA and 126 MIA.

2. 49 of 61 B-17s dispatched against Hannover hit a convoy and other targets of opportunity; they claim 15-1-7 Luftwaffe aircraft; 6 B-17s are lost; casualties are 1 KIA, 3 WIA and 51 MIA. 3. 54 of 121 B-17s dispatched against Hannover hit the U-boat yards at Hamburg at 1159-1200 hours; they claim 5-0-1 Luftwaffe aircraft; 2 B-17s are lost; casualties are 1 KIA, 3 WIA and 20 MIA. A total of 3 B-17s are damaged beyond repair and 86 are damaged on this mission. Mission results are good but costly; 24 aircraft are lost, mostly to enemy fighters.

VIII Air Support Command Mission Number 4: 18 B-26Bs are dispatched against the Saint-Omer/Longuenesse Airfield in France; 15 hit the target at 1112 hours; 4 aircraft are damaged.

HQ 41st Bombardment Wing (Heavy) arrives at Brampton Grange, England from the US. This unit will be redesignated 41st Combat Bombardment Wing (Heavy) on 13 Sep 43.

HQ 390th Bombardment Group (Heavy) and its 568th, 569th, 570th and 571st Bombardment Squadrons (Heavy) arrive at Framlingham, England from the US with B-17s. The group will fly its first mission on 12 Aug and remain at this station until Aug 45.

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