Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description
VIII Bomber Command Mission 35: The 2d Bombardment Wing dispatches 23 B-24s against the port area and shipping at Dunkirk, France; 21 aircraft drop 62 tons of bombs at 1540 hours local. We claim 3 enemy aircraft destroyed and 1 possibly destroyed; we lose 2, 1 is damaged beyond repair and 7 are damaged; casualties are 1 KIA and 24 MIA.
The Spitfire Mk Vs of the 4th Fighter Group fly 30 uneventful sorties on shipping patrols.
Source: THE ARMY AIR FORCES IN WORLD WAR II: COMBAT CHRONOLOGY, 1941-1945 by Carter / Mueller, the Office of Air Force History,
44BG Mission Report - The target for this mission was the German Raider of the Tojo class that was docked at Dunkirk and expected to be ready to slip out at anytime to raid Allied shipping. This was a hasty afternoon mission when recon ship had discovered the target. Seventeen planes took off from the base (7 of the 67th's) with the 67th leading the formation, and several planes of the 329th Squadron of the 93rd BG. Both Capt. Warne and Lt. Cameron participated. The formation crossed the Enemy coast without encountering an enemy aircraft. The bomb run was long in order to make certain of scoring hits, as this target required bombing of the utmost precision and accuracy. A 68th Squadron ship #800, piloted by Capt. Cramer, was hit by flak in #4 engine just before bombs were away. The same hit crippled the bomb release mechanism, the hydraulic system and portions of the oxygen system. Number 4 engine was feathered and shortly thereafter three FW 190's attacked in line astern, from 9 o'clock. One of the FW 190's was claimed as destroyed and one damaged. But, they in turn damaged #2 engine and a.20 mm shell entered the cockpit, bursting just aft of the pilot, Capt. Cramer, who was protected by the armor plate behind him. At the same time two 20 mm shells entered the waist slightly wounded the belly gunner. And during the next attack #1 engine was seen to be burning. This was extinguished temporarily and #2 engine was feathered. It was at this time that three FW 190's finished off Lt. Oliphant's ship. Bombs were jettisoned manually, and #1 engine caught afire again. And about this time Lt. Flynn, Lt. Poole and T/Sgt. Crump bailed out by way of the bomb bay, and their parachutes Opened properly. Capt. Cramer succeeded in crash landing #800 on the English beach 10 to 15 yards from the water's edge. No one was injured by this exceptional landing.
source: 44th Bomb Group web page http://www.8thairforce.com/44thbg
Notes: VIII BC 35
Non-Combat Accident Reports
Mission "8th AF Bomber Command Mission 35" Port area and shipping at Dunkirk, France February 15, 1943
Notes: VIII BC 35
Primary source for mission statistics: Mighty Eighth War Diary by Roger A. Freeman
Enemy Aircraft X-P-D
Enemy Aircraft (on gnd) X-P-D
USAAF Aircraft X-E-D
USAAF Personnel KIA-WIA-MIA
B24 crash-lands Sandwich Flats, Kent
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