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,
source: 386th Bomb Group http://www.b26.com/historian/chester_klier
388BG Mission Report - Eighteen of our planes took-off at 0608 hours, effected Group formation and took a course slightly different than briefed because of weather. The route taken was, Folkstone to IP to just south of Calais, to Dover and back to base. No bombs were dropped due to bad weather.
Lt. Bliss aborted at 0815 hours from 24,000 feet due to low fuel pressure in # 1 and #4 engines. All a/c returned to base by 1009 hours.
source: 388th Bomb Group web page http://www.388bg.info