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Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description

VIII Air Support Command Missions 61 and 62: 3 installations in France are targeted:

1. 25 of 72 B-26s hit the Beauvais/Tille Airfield; 12 B-26s are damaged.

2. 18 B-26s dispatched to the Rouen marshaling yard and 72 B-26s dispatched to the Beaumont le Roger Airfield are recalled because of failure to rendezvous with fighter escort and bad weather, respectively.

The 328th, 329th, 330th and 409th Bombardment Squadrons (Heavy), 93d Bombardment Group (Heavy), based at Hardwick, England begin operating from Oudna, Tunisia with B-24s.

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

Mission Reports

Notes: ASC 62 also
386th Bomb Group Mission Reportsource: 386th Bomb Group http://www.b26.com/historian/chester_klier

Non-Combat Accident Reports

Aircraft: P-47C (#41-6195).
Organization: 334FS / 4FG of Debden, Essex.
Pilot: Fraser, Robert B.
Notes: ground looped.
Location: Debden, Essex England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-47D (#42-7985).
Organization: 352FS / 353FG of Raydon, Suffolk.
Pilot: Hajosy, Francis J.
Notes: killed in crash landing.
Location: Metfield, Suffolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-47D (#42-8585).
Organization: / 3ABD of Langford Lodge, Northern Ireland.
Pilot: Rohrabaugh, Don R.
Notes: killed in a crash.
Location: Lyle Hill/nr Langford Lod Ireland.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/

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

Mission "8th AF Air Service Command mission 61"
Airfields in France
September 18, 1943

Notes: ASC 62 also

Primary source for mission statistics: Mighty Eighth War Diary by Roger A. Freeman

 
Aircraft
Sent
Aircraft
Effective
Bomb TonnageEnemy
Aircraft
X-P-D
Enemy
Aircraft
(on gnd)
X-P-D
USAAF
Aircraft
X-E-D
USAAF
Personnel
KIA-WIA-MIA
Notes
1622536.90-0-00-0-00-0-120-0-0
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Mission Targets

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BEAUVAIS, FRANCE
Tille Airfield
25 A/Cphotos (1)
ROUEN, FRANCE
Sotteville Railroad
marshalling yard0 A/Cphotos (1)
BEAUMONT-LE-ROGER, FRANCE
Airfield
0 A/C
Aircraft Groups

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1ST BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
2ND BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
3RD BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
OTHER (IX AF, HQ, etc)
322nd Bombardment Group (Medium)
323rd Bombardment Group (Medium)
386th Bombardment Group (Medium)
387th Bombardment Group (Medium)
Aircraft Losses

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1ST BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
2ND BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
3RD BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
OTHER (IX AF, HQ, etc)