Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description
Mission 13: 61 bombers and 54 fighters are dispatched to attack 3 targets in France; 1 fighter is lost:
1. 32 of 43 B-17s dispatched hit the Avions Potez aircraft factory at Meaulte; they claim 4-9-5 aircraft; 6 B-17s are damaged; 3 airmen are WIA. Escort is provided by 31 P-38s; 1 P-38 is lost.
2. 6 of 6 B-17s fly a diversionary missions to St Omer/Longuenesse Airfield; they claim 5-4-4 aircraft. Escort is provided by 23 Spitfires; they claim 4-0-1 aircraft without loss.
3. 11 of 12 unescorted DB-7s attack a ship in a dock at Le Havre without loss.
Source: THE ARMY AIR FORCES IN WORLD WAR II: COMBAT CHRONOLOGY, 1941-1945 by Carter / Mueller, the Office of Air Force History,
Non-Combat Accident Reports
Aircraft: B-17F (#41-24492). Organization: 367BS / 306BG of Thurleigh, Bedfordshire. Pilot: Ely, William W. Notes: killed in a crash due to structural failure. Location: Over Spaulding, Lincolnshire, England England. Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5 source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: Miles Master (#DL-828). Organization: 51MatSq / of Merston, Sussex. Pilot: Whisonant, William B. Notes: take off accident due to mechanical failure. Location: RAF Merston. Sussex, England England. Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3 source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/