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Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description

VIII Bomber Command Mission Number 73: Three targets are struck in France:

1. 111 B-17s and 5 YB-40s are dispatched against the aircraft works at Villacoublay, France; 101 hit the target at 0811-0815 hours; they claim 15-7-16 Luftwaffe aircraft; 3 B-17s are lost and 67 damaged; casualties are 1 KIA, 3 WIA and 21 MIA.

2. 64 B-17s are dispatched against Amiens/Glisy Airfield; 53 hit the target at 0742 hours; they claim 9-0-2 Luftwaffe aircraft; 1 B-17 is lost, 3 are damaged beyond repair and 34 are damaged; casualties are 6 KIA, 3 WIA and 10 MIA.

3. 84 B-17s are dispatched against LeBourget Airfield, Paris; 52 hit the target at 0750-0820 hours; they claim 41-27-32 Luftwaffe aircraft; 4 B-17s are lost, 1 is damaged beyond repair and 50 damaged; casualties are 16 WIA and 41 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

303BG Mission Report - Target: Villacoublay Aircraft Repair Depot at Paris, France. Crews Dispatched: 22 (358BS - 5, 359th - 5, 360th - 5, 427th - 6). Crews Lost: Lt. Swaffer - crew rescued. Crew Members Lost or Wounded: 1 KIA. Length of Mission: 4 hours, 50 minutes.

Bomb Load: 10 x 500 lb G.P. bombs. Bombing Altitude: 24,800 ft. Ammo Fired: 12,585 rounds.

The 303rd BG(H)'s 20 aircraft were dispatched to attack the Villacoublay Aircraft Repair Depot. Two planes were spares that kept with the formation as far as the English coast. They then turned back as no aircraft had aborted. One YB-40, #42-5739 Lufkin Ruffian, of the 92nd BG(H) accompanied the 303rd BG(H) formation.

Major William Calhoun, CO of the 359th BS led the formation in #41-24635, The '8' Ball MK II. The bombers flew in excellent formation to make a good bomb run and dropped their bombs well in the target area. There were no clouds and visibility was excellent at the 24,000 ft. formation altitude. The flak, although somewhat meager, proved accurate. There were not more than 15 to 20 enemy fighters observed and these made very few attacks on the 303rd BG(H) formation. The few FW-190 and ME-109 attacks were not pressing. After leaving the target the Fortresses were met by their Spitfire cover and escorted back to the English coast.

Aircraft #42-29791 Memphis Blues, 358th BS, was hit by anti-aircraft fire halfway between the target and the French coast and ditched in the English Channel 30 miles off Shoreham.

More info on this mission at the 303BG website

source: 303rd Bomb Group web page http://www.303rdbg.com/
306BG Mission Reportsource: 306th Bombardment Group website www.306bg.org/
351BG Mission Report - 18 aircraft were sent on this mission. source: 351st Bomb Group web page http://www.351st.org/ken.harbour
384BG Mission Report - 384th BG Mission Number 8. Primary Target: Villacoublay Airfield - Paris, France, Target Attacked : Primary (Visual)

20 aircraft assigned to this mission: Completed Mission - 14. Failed To Return - 1. Aborted - 3. Scrubbed - 1. Ground Spare, Unused - 1
42-3330 Munday, James S - Failed to Return - MIA; details not listed in Freeman; seen on return along Fr coast w 8-12 Spitfires as escort turning toward Eng; could still be seen 1/3 of way back
42-29956 Hausenfluck, Jesse D - Aborted at Splasher 10 at 0711 hrs when #3 prop governor broke
42-30039 Hall, Kelmer J - Aborted at 0715 hrs over Channel because aircraft could not stay in formation.
42-30139 Christman, Clarence R - Aborted three-four mins. over Fr coast at 0748 hrs due to failure of #1 engine; bombs jettisoned in Channel 1943-07-24

source: 384th Bomb Group web page http://384thBombGroup.com/
91st BG / 322nd BS Mission Report - Raid on Amiens/Glisy Airfield, France. Bomb load: 24 x 100. Bombing altitude: 24,000 ft. Bombing results: Good. A. A. Fire: Moderate and fairly accurate fire from vicinity of Poix, Target and Abbeville. Fighters: 20-25 FW190s and ME) were encountered by our A/C. Time: Leave base 0815, Target 0742, Arrive Base 0850. 91st Group was led by Major J.C. Bishop. source: 322rd Bomb Squadron / 91BG Mission Report http://www.91stbombgroup.com/
91st BG / 324th BS Mission Report - Target: - Amiens/Glisy Airfield - Bombing results looked good, all hits being in the aiming point or the immediate target area. One very large explosion with column of black smoke 10,000 ft. high was reported believed from fuel or ammunition dump. Hits from other formations reported on runways and other aiming points.source: 91st BG / 324th BS Mission Report http://www.91stbombgroup.com/
91BG / 401BS Mission Report - EXCELLENT. Many hits were observed on the MPI, and in the target area. A large column of black smoke, 10,000 feet high was seen coming from the target area. Meager, inaccurate flak was experienced in vicinity of (Unreadable) Target area and Abbeville. Some crews, however, reported flak as being very accurate, for they received hits on their aircraft. ENEMY AIRCRAFT: Only two nose attacks made on this group, but heavily concentrated attacks were observed on the group below. About 25 E/A were seen.source: 91st BG / 401st BS Mission Report http://www.91stbombgroup.com/

Non-Combat Accident Reports

Aircraft: B-17F (#42-3223*).
Organization: 533BS / 381BG of Ridgewell, Essex.
Pilot: Hedin, Charles E.
Notes: killed due to explosion.
Location: Rattlesden, Suffolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-47C (#41-6325).
Organization: 63FS / 56FG of Halesworth, Suffolk.
Pilot: Schiltz, Glen D.
Notes: taxiing accident.
Location: Halesworth, Suffolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/

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

Mission "8th AF Bomber Command Mission 73"
Villacoublay air depot and airfields at Amiens, Paris Le Borget
July 14, 1943

Primary source for mission statistics: Mighty Eighth War Diary by Roger A. Freeman
 
Aircraft
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
116101232.514-7-160-0-03-0-671-3-21303BG aircraft ditches sea
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Mission Targets

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VILLACOUBLAY, FRANCE
Industry
Aviation101 A/C
Aircraft Groups

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1ST BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
303BG
305BG
306BG
379BG
384BG
92BG
2ND BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
3RD BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
OTHER (IX AF, HQ, etc)
Aircraft Losses

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1ST BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
303BG (1 a/c)
305BG (1 a/c)
384BG (1 a/c)
2ND BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
3RD BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
OTHER (IX AF, HQ, etc)

Aircraft
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
645383.09-0-20-0-01-3-346-3-10351BG aircraft crash-lands southern England
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Mission Targets

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AMIENS, FRANCE
Glisy Airfield
53 A/Cphotos (2)
Aircraft Groups

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1ST BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
351BG
381BG
91BG
2ND BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
3RD BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
OTHER (IX AF, HQ, etc)
Aircraft Losses

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1ST BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
381BG (1 a/c)
2ND BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
3RD BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
OTHER (IX AF, HQ, etc)

Aircraft
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
8452122.841-27-320-0-04-1-500-16-41
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Mission Targets

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PARIS, FRANCE
Le Bourget Airfield
52 A/Cphotos (2)
Aircraft Groups

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1ST BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
2ND BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
3RD BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
94BG
100BG
95BG
96BG
OTHER (IX AF, HQ, etc)
Aircraft Losses

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1ST BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
2ND BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
3RD BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
94BG (4 a/c)
OTHER (IX AF, HQ, etc)