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Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description

Mission 14: 108 bombers are dispatched to bomb the steel and engineering works of the Compagnie de Fives at Lille, France and the locomotive and freight car works of Ateliers dHellemmes at Lille; 59 B-17s and 10 B-24s hit the primary targets; 2 B-17s hit the secondary target, Courtrai Airfield; other targets hit are Longuenesse Airfield (6) and Roubaix (2); the bombers claim 25-38-44 Luftwaffe aircraft; 4 bombers are lost, 2 damaged beyond repair and 46 damaged; 10 airmen are WIA and 29 MIA.Source: THE ARMY AIR FORCES IN WORLD WAR II: COMBAT CHRONOLOGY, 1941-1945 by Carter / Mueller, the Office of Air Force History,

Mission Reports

92nd Bomb Group Mission Reportsource: 392nd Bomb Group web page http://www.b24.net/missions/
92nd Bomb Group Mission Report #2source: 392nd Bomb Group web page http://www.b24.net/missions/
92BG Mission Report - Collision between a/c 19051 (Wiley) and a/c 19021 (Dempsey), both 407th Squadron. Heading east over English Channel at 24,000 feet above coast of France, Dempsey, in number two position, flew up and into Wiley, in number three position. Dempsey peeled off and went straight down, but made it back to base safely had vertical stabilizer almost completely cut off horizontal stabilizers partially wrecked rear gunner's hatch, part of fuselage damaged. Wiley's a/c had huge hole in fuselage, # 3, 4 engines vibrating badly, wing dripping gasoline, props bent, and nose hatch torn off. Wiley tried to release bombs, but they stuck. Finally released them with emergency release and made bee-line for English coast, landing at Detling.source: 92nd Bomb Group web page http://92ndma.org/
92BG Mission Report - Lost aircraft: 327th Squadron B-17E 19018. Second and last E model lost on operational mission. Last observed in flames over Holque, five miles north of St. Omer. 407th Squadron: Corporal Archie Cothren (waist gunner) was badly wounded and was pushed from a/c by BTG Sgt. Oscar R. Billings over Graveslines in hopes of getting him assistance from those on ground. (He was taken prisoner of War and spent 31 months in German Prisoner of War Camps. He was the first American Prisoner of War to step foot in Stalag 17B. He received the 17th Purple Heart issued in Europe in World War II. He boosted the prisoners' morale by organizing sports and activities to occupy their time, hearts, and minds. He was liberated by the Russian Army on May 8, 1945. from findagrave.com obituary)source: 92nd Bomb Group web page http://92ndma.org/

Non-Combat Accident Reports

Aircraft: Spitfire Vb (#EN-838).
Organization: 308FS / 31FG of Westhampnett, Sussex.
Pilot: Ward, Willard C.
Notes: killed in a crash due to structural failure.
Location: Near Arundel Park, W. Sussex, England England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/

Mission Stats (Targets, Aircraft, Casualties, etc.)

Mission "8th AF Fighter Command"
Circus 224; Diversion
October 09, 1942

Primary source for mission statistics: Mighty Eighth War Diary by Roger A. Freeman
 
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Sent
Aircraft
Effective
Bomb TonnageEnemy
Aircraft
X-P-D
Enemy
Aircraft
(on gnd)
X-P-D
USAAF
Aircraft
X-E-D
USAAF
Personnel
KIA-WIA-MIA
Notes
72720.00-0-00-0-00-0-10-0-01FG last mission before xref to 12AF
1FG forced to land Beachy Head
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Mission Targets

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Circus
36 A/C

Diversion
36 A/C
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1ST BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
2ND BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
4FG
3RD BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
OTHER (IX AF, HQ, etc)
1st Fighter Group
Aircraft Losses

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1ST BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
2ND BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
3RD BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
OTHER (IX AF, HQ, etc)