Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description
Mission 10: 76 bombers and 37 fighters bomb targets in France; 2 B-17s are lost:
1. 12 of 12 DB-7s attack the Abbeville/Drucat Airfield at 1702 hours; escort is provided by 37 Spitfires, all without loss.
2. 30 of 51 B-17s, 30 attack the Avions Potez aircraft plant at Meaulte at 1740-1748 hours; they claim 4-19-20 Luftwaffe aircraft; 2 B-17s are lost and 7 damaged; 1 airman is KIA, 5 WIA and 18 MIA. This is the VIII Bomber Commands first loss of aircraft in combat.
3. Of 13 B-17s, 11 hit St Omer/Longuenesse Airfield and 2 St Omer/Ft Rouge Airfield without loss.
Arrivals in England from the US: HQ 67th Observation Group at Membury; and the 367th, 368th and 369th Bombardment Squadrons (Heavy), 306th Bombardment Group (Heavy), at Thurleigh with B-17s.
Source: THE ARMY AIR FORCES IN WORLD WAR II: COMBAT CHRONOLOGY, 1941-1945 by Carter / Mueller, the Office of Air Force History,
Source: The Mighty Eighth War Diary by Paul Freeman
92BG Mission Report - Lost aircraft: 327th Squadron B-17E 19026 - all killed. Last seen approaching English coast on return. Apparently left formation. Five e/a in pursuit. This loss (along with one from the 97th Bomb Group) were the first 8th AF bomber losses of war.
source: 92nd Bomb Group web page http://92ndma.org/
Notes: First heavy bomber losses for VIII BC
Non-Combat Accident Reports
Aircraft: Miles Master (#DK-963). Organization: Prov. ABSq / 6FW of Atcham, Shropshire. Pilot: Ranson. John W. Notes: taxiing accident. Location: Atcham, Shropshire England. Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3 source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: Spitfire II (#T-6569). Organization: 2FS / 52FG of Goxhill, Lincolshire. Pilot: Shriver, William L. Notes: unknown. Location: RAF Hibaldstow, Lincolnshire, England England. Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3 source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/