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Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description

VIII Bomber Command Mission 89: Airfields in France are targeted; because of unfavorable cloud conditions only part of one force is able to attack a target.

1. 233 B-17s are dispatched to airfields in NW France but the mission is abandoned at the French coast due to heavy clouds.

2. 86 B-17s are dispatched to Mardyck and Denain/Prouvy Airfields; 34 hit the target at 1922 and 1905 hours respectively; 9 B-17s are damaged; casualties are 2 WIA.

182 P-47s are dispatched to escort the bombers but they carry out fighter sweeps; 3 P-47s are lost, 1 is damaged beyond repair and 4 are damaged; casualties are 3 MIA.

VIII Air Support Command Missions 41 and 42: 216 B-26s are dispatched to 5 targets in France (36 per target); the missions to a power station at Rouen and Poix/Nord and Lille/Nord Airfields are aborted due to weather; 35 B-26s hit a power station at Mazingarbe and 69 hit a fuel dump at Hesden; 1 B-26 is lost and 13 damaged; casualties are 5 WIA and 6 MIA.

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