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Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description

VIII Bomber Command Mission 95: Aviation facilities in France are targeted:

1. 87 of 93 B-17s dispatched attack the Romilly-sur-Seine air depot at 1848-1850 hours; 2 B-17s are damaged beyond repair and 7 damaged; casualties are 3 WIA.

2. 139 of 152 B-17s dispatched attack three targets; 40 hit the Caudron-Renault industrial area in Paris at 1855 hours, 21 hit the Billancourt-Renault works at 1854 hours, and 78 hit the Hispano-Suiza aircraft engine works in Paris; they claim 12-2-4 Luftwaffe aircraft; 5 B-17s are lost and 33 damaged; casualties are 2 WIA and 51 MIA.

3. 47 of 63 B-24s hit Chartres Airfield at 1904-1911 hours; they claim 3-0-0 Luftwaffe aircraft; 1 B-24 is lost; casualties are 10 MIA. VIII Bomber Command Mission 96: 5 B-17s of the 422d Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 305th Bombardment Group (Heavy), join the RAF in a night attack on the Dunlop factory at Montlucon, France; there are no losses or casualties.

VIII Air Support Command Mission 58; 2 airfields in France are targeted: 1. 72 B-26s are dispatched to Lille/Nord Airfield but the mission is aborted due to weather.

2. 68 of 72 B-26s hit Merville Airfield at 1745 and 1748 hours; 27 B-26s are damaged; casualties are 2 WIA.

The 325th, 326th, 327th and 407th Bombardment Squadrons (Heavy), 92d Bombardment Group (Heavy) transfers from Alconbury to Podington, England with B-17s.

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

Mission Reports

306BG Mission Reportsource: 306th Bombardment Group website www.306bg.org/
351BG Mission Report - 17 aircraft were sent on this mission.

42-29825 Lt. J. H. Geiger/Cap. J. T. Stewart. - Crash-landed, all safe.

source: 351st Bomb Group web page http://www.351st.org/ken.harbour
386th Bomb Group Mission Reportsource: 386th Bomb Group http://www.b26.com/historian/chester_klier
388BG Mission Report - Twenty of our planes took-off at 1605 hours and flew low Group in the lead Combat Wing with the 96th Bomb Group as lead.

Lt. Joho aborted at 1745 hours from 22,000 feet as he could not keep up with the formation and landed at 1830 hours. Nineteen planes crossed the Channel with land fall on the French Coast near the Dieppe's guns but no misfortune resulted from this error. The assigned Target was the Hispano-Suiza Aero Engine Works which was a semi-industrial sector of Paris. A few bombs may have hit the main building of the C.A.M. Ball Bearing Works. Flak was encountered at Dieppe on the route in and over the Target area which was intense and accurate. Five of our planes suffered flak damage but no crewmembers were injured.

About 25 enemy a/c were encountered on the bomb run and directed mostly at the lead group, (the 96th). Our crew members claim 5 e/a destroyed and 1 probable. All planes returned to base by 2058 hours.

source: 388th Bomb Group web page http://www.388bg.info
44BG Mission Report - Even though bad weather had continued all week, the 44th attempted to put up 22 aircraft, but after the difficulty of assembling only 12 ships, continued on to rendezvous with the other two Groups. The Primary target was Conches Airdrome in France, but once again the Primary was obscured by haze and Chartres was found and bombed with good results. Moderate but inaccurate flak was met; while only three enemy aircraft were encountered, and all three were shot down by the Group's gunners.of the 389th. No aircraft attacked the 44th's planes. Bomb load was 12 x 500 lb bombs per aircraft.source: 44th Bomb Group web page http://www.8thairforce.com/44thbg
91st BG / 323nd BS Mission Report - Six A/C of 323rd squadron took off at 1500 on a mission to Romilly, France and all crews completed the mission, returning safely to base at 2100 to 2130 with the exception of ship #040, which landed at Okinston due to gasoline shortage. Scattered, inaccurate, meager flak was reported at Poix, Coulombiers, Longueville and at the target for our a/c at 22,000 and 24,000 feet. Crews report results of this groups bombing to be poor with all bombs falling short of the target; however, belief is that bombs of other groups covered the target area. Eight to ten single engine enemy fighters were reported seen but there were no attacks on our group. source: 323rd Bomb Squadron / 91BG Mission Report http://www.91stbombgroup.com/
91st BG / 322nd BS Mission Report - Raid on Romily Sur Seine. Bombing Altitude: 22,300 ft. Bomb Load: 2 x 1000 lb. plus 39 x 100 IB's. Time: Take Off 1500. Target 1848. Return 2045. A. A. Fire: Scattered meager and inaccurate fire from Poix, Consommes, Languet and the target. Enemy Opposition: No attacks on our group, up to 10 E/A concentrated their attacks on low group 323rd wing. source: 322rd Bomb Squadron / 91BG Mission Report http://www.91stbombgroup.com/
91BG / 401BS Mission Report - Bombs fell short of the target. ENEMY OPPOSITION: From 3 to 10 FW 190s and Me 109s were seen. No attacks were made on this group. Meager, inaccurate flak reported from vicinities of Poix, Coulomiers, and Longueville. Meager inaccurate AA fire at the target.source: 91st BG / 401st BS Mission Report http://www.91stbombgroup.com/

Non-Combat Accident Reports

Aircraft: CG-4A (#42-61395).
Organization: / 315TCG of Aldermaston, Berkshire.
Pilot: [parked aircraft].
Notes: ground accident.
Location: Aldermaston, Berkshire England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: Oxford II (#W6554).
Organization: Hq / 44BW of Aldermaston, Berkshire.
Pilot: Near, Albert H.
Notes: take off accident.
Location: Aldermaston, Berkshire England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-47D (#42-8414).
Organization: 352FS / 353FG of Metfield, Suffolk.
Pilot: Cles, Leslie P.
Notes: taxiing accident.
Location: Thorney Is England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-47D (#42-8420).
Organization: 352FS / 353FG of Metfield, Suffolk.
Pilot: Durlin, Robert C.
Notes: bailed out out of gas.
Location: Week Orchard Fm, Bude England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-47D (#42-8503).
Organization: 328FS / 352FG of Bodney, Norfolk.
Pilot: Frye, James E.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: RAF Ford England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/

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

Mission "8th AF Fighter Command Fighter Operation 132"
Escort for heavy bombers
September 15, 1943

Primary source for mission statistics: Mighty Eighth War Diary by Roger A. Freeman
 
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X-P-D
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Notes
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Mission Targets

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Escort
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Aircraft Groups

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1ST BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
352FG
2ND BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
4FG
56FG
3RD BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
78FG
353FG
OTHER (IX AF, HQ, etc)
Aircraft Losses

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1ST BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
2ND BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
3RD BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
353FG (2 a/c)
OTHER (IX AF, HQ, etc)