Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description
VIII Air Support Command Mission 65: 44 of 73 B-26s hit the Beauvais/Tille Airfield in France at 0937-0938 hours; bad weather causes 20+ to abort; they claim 1-0-0 Luftwaffe aircraft; 1 B-26 is lost, 1 is damaged beyond repair and 12 damaged; casualties are 2 KIA, 4 WIA and 7 MIA.
Source: THE ARMY AIR FORCES IN WORLD WAR II: COMBAT CHRONOLOGY, 1941-1945 by Carter / Mueller, the Office of Air Force History,
44BG Mission Report - Tactical Mission Report - 21 September 1943 Leghorn, Italy The Groups assembled at Cape Sidi Ali as briefed. Weather was unfavorable, and, during climb through dense clouds off the south western corner of Sardinia, the 93rd and 389th Groups became separated from the 44th Group which was leading. The 44th Group proceeded to the primary target as briefed and bombed it successfully. All aircraft returned to base. Slight, heavy, inaccurate flak was encountered by all Groups at Leghorn, but no aircraft were damaged. The mission resulted in extensive damage to enemy harbor installations at Leghorn, without loss from enemy action. Four or five direct hits are seen on the south and center buildings of the Radiator Plant situated on the east side of the Industrial Canal. Immediately to the south is a large Chemical and Fertilizer Plant which has received several hits on the main buildings as well as on materials stored outside it. Across the Industrial Canal on the west bank, two unidentified factories have been damaged by direct hits. To the south of the Chemical and Fertilizer Plant across a slip in the Industrial Canal, the Port Authority Stores Depot is seen to be damaged extensively. Etc. Abortives: A/C #42-72877 returned 1:20 before target. Waist gunner reported steady streams of oil coming from engines #2 and #4. Oil is believed to be excessive amount blown out of main crankcase breathers, but not a serious leak. This excessive oil leakage through breathers is a common occurrence in desert failures of R-1830-43 engines. Parts of cylinder skirt and piston were found in the engine. A/C #41-23699 returned 3 hours and 10 minutes after take-off due to loss of supercharger boost on both #1 and #2 engines. Manifold pressure dropped suddenly. Investivation revealed no leaks in induction system, indicating faulty supercharger regulators.
source: 44th Bomb Group web page http://www.8thairforce.com/44thbg
Non-Combat Accident Reports
Aircraft: B-17F (#42-30246). Organization: 570BS / 390BG of Framlingham, Suffolk. Pilot: Harris, Keith E. Notes: crash landing. Location: Framlingham, Suffolk England. Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3 source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-24D (#42-40701). Organization: 564BS / 389BG of Hethel, Norfolk. Pilot: Ellis, F W. Notes: crash landing. Location: Sidi Ahmed AB Tunisia. Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3 source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/