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VIII Bomber Command Mission 90: Luftwaffe air installations in France are the target.

1. 168 B-17s are dispatched to the Romilly sur Seine air depot; 100 hit the target at 0903-0911 hours; 28 hit the secondary target, the airfield at St Andre de LEure at 0947-0949 hours; and 12 hit a target of opportu-nity, the Evreux/Fauvill Airfield at 0955 hours; they claim 11-1-10 Luft-waffe aircraft; 4 B-17s are lost and 55 damaged; casualties are 2 WIA and 40 MIA.

2. 65 B-17s are dispatched to Mureaux Airfield; 38 hit the target at 0843-0844 while 18 hit a dummy airfield near Dieppe; 2 B-17s are damaged; no casualties.

3. 65 B-17s are dispatched to an industrial area at Caudron-Renault near Paris; 37 hit the target at 0925 hours; they claim 15-4-8 Luftwaffe air-craft; 5 B-17s are lost and 18 damaged; casualties are 4 WIA and 40 MIA. The B-17s are escorted by 160 P-47s; they claim 4-1-0 Luftwaffe air-craft; 1 P-47 is lost and 2 damaged; no casualties.

VIII Air Support Command Mission 44: 36 B-26s are dispatched to the Beaumont le Roger Airfield and 31 hit the target at 1007 hours; 36 are dis-patched to Beauvais/Tille Airfield and all hit the target at 0907 hours; and 69 are dispatched to the Lille/Nord Airfield and 31 hit the target at 0828 hours; 20 B-26s are damaged; casualties are 1 WIA.

Source: THE ARMY AIR FORCES IN WORLD WAR II: COMBAT CHRONOLOGY, 1941-1945 by Carter / Mueller, the Office of Air Force History,