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VIII Bomber Command Mission 86 Part I: An air depot and airfields in France are targetted:

1. 110 B-17s are dispatched to the Villacoublay Air Depot; 86 hit the target at 1800-1805 hours; they claim 1-0-1 Luftwaffe aircraft; 64 aircraft are damaged; casualties are 10 WIA.

2. 42 B-17s are dispatched to the Conches and Evreux/Fauville Airfields; 22 hit the target at 1844-1858 hours; they claim 0-0-2 Luftwaffe aircraft; 1 B-17 is lost and 15 damaged; casualties are 1 KIA and 9 WIA.

3. 35 of 36 B-17s fly a diversion without incident. VIII Bomber Command Mission 86 Part II: 85 B-17s, which had flown to North Africa after attacking Regensburg, Germany on 17 Aug, are dispatched to the Bordeaux/Merignac Airfield; 58 hit the target at 1157-1200 hours; they claim 3-3-10 Luftwaffe aircraft; 3 B-17s are lost, 2 are damaged beyond repair and 40 damaged; casualties are 30 MIA. 9 B-17s returned to North Africa after encountering difficulties.

VIII Air Support Command Missions 33A & 33B: B-26s fly 2 diversions for the B-17s.

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