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Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description

VIII Bomber Command Mission 95: Aviation facilities in France are targeted:

1. 87 of 93 B-17s dispatched attack the Romilly-sur-Seine air depot at 1848-1850 hours; 2 B-17s are damaged beyond repair and 7 damaged; casualties are 3 WIA.

2. 139 of 152 B-17s dispatched attack three targets; 40 hit the Caudron-Renault industrial area in Paris at 1855 hours, 21 hit the Billancourt-Renault works at 1854 hours, and 78 hit the Hispano-Suiza aircraft engine works in Paris; they claim 12-2-4 Luftwaffe aircraft; 5 B-17s are lost and 33 damaged; casualties are 2 WIA and 51 MIA.

3. 47 of 63 B-24s hit Chartres Airfield at 1904-1911 hours; they claim 3-0-0 Luftwaffe aircraft; 1 B-24 is lost; casualties are 10 MIA. VIII Bomber Command Mission 96: 5 B-17s of the 422d Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 305th Bombardment Group (Heavy), join the RAF in a night attack on the Dunlop factory at Montlucon, France; there are no losses or casualties.

VIII Air Support Command Mission 58; 2 airfields in France are targeted: 1. 72 B-26s are dispatched to Lille/Nord Airfield but the mission is aborted due to weather.

2. 68 of 72 B-26s hit Merville Airfield at 1745 and 1748 hours; 27 B-26s are damaged; casualties are 2 WIA.

The 325th, 326th, 327th and 407th Bombardment Squadrons (Heavy), 92d Bombardment Group (Heavy) transfers from Alconbury to Podington, England with B-17s.

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