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Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description

VIII Bomber Command Mission 103. Todays targets are in France with 1 B-17 lost.

1. 40 of 84 B-17s hit Reims/Champagne Airfield at 1751-1752 hours; 2 B-17s are damaged beyond repair; 21 are damaged; casualties are 20 KIA.

2. 55 B-17s dispatched to the Paris area abandon the mission after crossing the enemy coast; 1 B-17 is damaged beyond repair, and 8 are damaged.

3. 63 B-17s dispatched to Meulon Les Mureaux and Citroen in the Paris area are prevented from bombing by the weather.

4. 37 B-24s fly a diversion.

VIII Air Support Command Mission 72: 72 B-26s are dispatched to Conches Airfield in France; they are recalled due to weather.

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