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Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description

VIII Bomber Command Mission 82: Luftwaffe airfields in France and the Netherlands are targetted today.

1. 180 B-17s are dispatched to Vlissingen Airfield in the Netherlands and Amiens and Poix Airfield in France; 147 aircraft hit the targets at 1926-1931 hours; 48 B-17s are damaged; casualties are 3 WIA.

2. 147 B-17s are dispatched to Merville, Lille/Vendeville and Vitry en Artois Airfields in France; 143 hit the targets at 1925-1933 hours; they claim 9-0-1 Luftwaffe aircraft; 2 B-17s are lost and 11 damaged; casualties are 1 KIA, 3 WIA and 20 MIA.

VIII Air Support Command Missions 19A, 19B and 20: Three Luftwaffe air-fields are targetted:

1. 36 B-26s are dispatched against St Omer/Ft Rouge Airfield in France; 31 hit the target at 0959 hours; 18 B-26s are damaged.

2. 36 B-26s are dispatched against Woensdrecht Airfield, The Netherlands; they turn back at the Dutch coast aborted the mission.

3. 21 B-26s are dispatched against the marshaling yard at Abbeville, France; 19 hit the target at 1933 hours; 9 aircraft are damaged; casualties are 1 WIA.

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