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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,