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303rd Bomb Group (H) History

May 5th    

May 5, 1942
ETO 8th AF: Major General Carl Spaatz assumes command of HQ 8th AF at Bolling Field, Washington, DC.

May 5, 1943
303rd BG: A mission to an aircraft factory at Meaulte / Potes, France was cancelled before briefing due to bad weather.

May 5, 1944
STRATEGIC OPERATIONS 8th AF: Mission 339: 33 of 46 B-24s hit the V-weapon site at Sottevast, France; 1 B-24 is damaged beyond repair and 6 damaged; 4 airmen are KIA. Escort is provided by 52 P-51s without loss. Duing the night, 21 B-24s are dispatched on CARPETBAGGER missions; 1 B-24 is lost. HQ 95th Combat Bombardment Wing (Heavy) moves from Ketteringham to Halesworth, England.

May 5, 1945
STRATEGIC OPERATIONS 8th AF: Mission 980: 403 B-17s are dispatched to drop food at Schipol Airfield (261), Vogelenzang (40), Utrecht (60), N of Hilversum (16), Alkmaar (21) and other targets (4) in the Netherlands; a total of 744.5 tons of food are dropped.

8th AF history extracted from Jack McKillop's USAAF Combat Chronology

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