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Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description

VIII Bomber Command Mission 87: 224 B-17s are dispatched to the German rocket-launching site construction at Watten, France; 187 hit the target at 1846-1941 hours; they claim 7-0-6 Luftwaffe aircraft; 4 B-17s are lost, 1 is damaged beyond repair and 98 damaged; casualties are 1 KIA, 18 WIA and 32 MIA. The mission escort consists of 173 P-47s; they claim 8-1-2 Luftwaffe aircraft; 1 P-47 is lost and the pilot is listed as MIA. This is the first of the Eighth Air Forces missions against V-weapon sites (later designated NOBALL targets). VIII Air Support Command Missions 36A & 36B: Two missions are scheduled to targets in France:

1. 36 B-26s are dispatched to the Poix Nord Airfield; 35 hit the target at 0826 hours; there are no losses or casualties.

2. 21 B-26s are dispatched to the Rouen Power Station but the mission is aborted because of bad weather and extremely heavy enemy fighter opposition.

HQ 356th Fighter Group and its 360th Fighter Squadron arrive at Goxhill, England from the US with P-47s. The squadron will fly its first combat mission on 15 Oct.

The 77th and 79th Fighter Squadrons, 20th Fighter Group, arrive at Kings Cliffe, England from the US with P-38s. The squadrons will fly their first mission on 28 Dec 43.

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