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VIII Bomber Command Mission 100: 3 locations in France are targeted.

1. 46 of 117 B-17s hit the Nantes port area at 0813-0818 hours; they claim 22-1-3 Luftwaffe aircraft; 2 B-17s are damaged beyond repair and 41 are damaged; casualties are 13 KIA and 11 WIA.

2. 55 of 67 B-17s hit Vannes/Meucon Airfield at 0825-0826 hours; 7 B-17s are damaged.

3. 53 of 63 B-17s hit Kerlin/Bastard Airfield at 0814-0818 hours; they claim 2-0-0 Luftwaffe aircraft; 1 B-17 is lost and 10 damaged; casualties are 10 MIA.

VIII Bomber Command Mission 101: 80 of 91 B-17s hit the port area at Nantes (61 aircraft) at 1810-1815 and Rennes/St Jacques Airfield (19 aircraft) at 1834 hours; 2 B-17s are lost, 12 damaged beyond repair and 6 damaged; casualties are 12 WIA and 20 MIA.

VIII Bomber Command Mission 102: 4 of 5 B-17s of the 422d Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 305th Bombardment Group (Heavy), hit Mannheim at 2211-2222 hours with the RAF in a night attack; 1 B-17 is damaged.

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