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Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description

VIII Bomber Command Mission 149. Airfields in France are targetted; 8 B-17s and 1 B-24 are lost.

1. 216 B-17s are dispatched to La Rochelle/Laleu, St Jean DAngely, Paris/Ivry, Paris/Bois and DColombes airfields; none hit the target due to weather; 1 B-17 is damaged beyond repair and 1 damaged.

2. 96 B-24s are dispatched to Cognac/Chateaubernard Airfield; 2 hit St Nazaire; 1 B-24 is lost and 7 damaged; casualties are 2 WIA and 10 MIA. 3. 236 B-17s are dispatched to the Bordeaux/Merignac air depot; 1 hits the target; they claim 12-5-5 Luftwaffe aircraft; 8 B-17s are lost and 19 damaged; casualties are 1 KIA, 4 WIA and 50 MIA.

These missions are escorted by 34 P-38s and 266 P-47s plus 36 Ninth Air Force P-51s; 1 P-47 is lost; the pilot is MIA.

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