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Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description

The 44th and 93d Bombardment Groups (Heavy) resume operations in the UK after detached service in Africa; the 389th Bombardment Group (Heavy), previously diverted to Africa, becomes operational in the UK.

VIII Air Support Command Missions 53 and 54:

1. 71 B-26s are dispatched to Lille/Nord Airfield in France; 68 hit the target at 0922 hours; 3 B-26s are damaged; no casualties.

2. 72 B-26s are dispatched to Lille/Vendeville Airfield in France; 68 hit the target at 1011-1013 hours; 1 B-26 is lost, 1 is damaged beyond repair and 21 are damaged; casualties are 1 MIA.

3. 72 B-26s are dispatched to Boulogne coastal defenses; 68 hit the target at 1756-1818 hours; 26 B-26s are damaged.

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