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,
388BG Mission Report - Twenty four a/c took-off at 1445 hours and was the second Group in the 2nd Combat Wing led by the 96th Bomb Group. 2 of our a/c aborted, Lts. Beeby and Sullivan because of mechanical reasons. Lt. Bensel was a legal abort.
Formations were effected and the briefed route to the target was followed. Our planes bombed the target from 23,000 feet with good results. Flak was encountered at Brecks-SurMer which was meager but 16 a/c received flak damage. Fighter oppostion was nil.
20 a/c returned to base by 1957 hours and Lt. Poland, who had left the formation because of ear trouble, landed at 2045 hours.
source: 388th Bomb Group web page http://www.388bg.info
source: 392nd Bomb Group web page http://www.b24.net/missions/
91st BG / 322nd BS Mission Report - Raid on the assembly plant S.N.C.A. Du Nod at Meulan-Les Moreaux, France. Time: Takeoff 1430. Target: Return: 1930. A/C 815 returned early due to oxygen shortage. Entire formation was recalled due to weather, turning back at St. Saens, France. All A/C except No. 815 were credited with an abortive sortie.
Aircraft: B-17F (#42-30264). Organization: 551BS / 385BG of Great Ashfield, Suffolk. Pilot: Yannello, Paul M. Notes: killed in mid air collision. Location: Tillinyham Hall Fm, Bulpham England. Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5 source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-17F (#42-3290). Organization: 551BS / 385BG of Great Ashfield, Suffolk. Pilot: Keeley, John T. Notes: killed in mid air collision. Location: East Horndon England. Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5 source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-17F (#42-5434). Organization: 360BS / 303BG of Molesworth, Huntingdonshire. Pilot: Cogswell, Robert W. Notes: bailed out-engine failure. Location: Winchester/nr England. Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5 source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/