303rd Bomb Group WWII B-17 Bomb Group, Molesworth, England http://www.303rdbg.com Fri, 27 Mar 2009 16:53:31 -0600 23 Sep 2023 08:56:12 -0000 http://www.303rdbg.com/tri-C-m.gif This Day in 303rd Bomb Group History http://www.303rdbg.com Triangle C 75 66 This Day in 303rd Bomb Group History: September 23rd <br><font color=#CC0000><b><i>September 23, 1943</i></b></font> <br><b>303rd BG (H) Combat Mission No. 71</b> <br> Target: Submarine Supply Ship in Loire River, Nantes, France <br> Crews Dispatched: 19 <br> Length of Mission: 5 hours, 40 minutes <br> Bomb Load: 10 x 500 lb G. P. M-43 bombs <br> Bombing Altitude: 25,500 ft <br> Ammo Fired: 3,960 rounds <br> <a href="http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/071.pdf" target="_blank" class="navbar"><b>View Mission Report</b></a><br> <br><font color=#CC0000><b><i>September 23, 1943</i></b></font> <br><b>303rd BG: </b>A practice mission was staged using the new Pathfinder (PFF) techniques, to determine the feasibility of "blind bombing." <br> <br><font color=#CC0000><b><i>September 23, 1943</i></b></font> <br><b>8th AF:</b> VIII Bomber Command Mission 100: 3 locations in France are targeted. <b> 1. </b>46 of 117 B-17's hit the Nantes port area at 0813-0818 hours; they claim 22-1-3 Luftwaffe aircraft; 2 B-17's are damaged beyond repair and 41 are damaged; casualties are 13 KIA and 11 WIA. <b> 2. </b>55 of 67 B-17's hit Vannes/Meucon Airfield at 0825-0826 hours; 7 B-17's are damaged. <b> 3. </b>53 of 63 B-17's hit Kerlin/Bastard Airfield at 0814-0818 hours; they claim 2-0-0 Luftwaffe aircraft; 1 B-17 is lost and 10 damaged; casualties are 10 MIA. VIII Bomber Command Mission 101: 80 of 91 B-17's hit the port area at Nantes (61 aircraft) at 1810-1815 and Rennes/St Jacques Airfield (19 aircraft) at 1834 hours; 2 B-17's are lost, 12 damaged beyond repair and 6 damaged; casualties are 12 WIA and 20 MIA. VIII Bomber Command Mission 102: 4 of 5 B-17's of the 422nd Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 305th Bombardment Group (Heavy), hit Mannheim at 2211-2222 hours with the RAF in a night attack; 1 B-17 is damaged. <br> <br><font color=#CC0000><b><i>September 23, 1944</i></b></font> <br><b>STRATEGIC OPERATIONS</b> <b>8th AF:</b> 559 of 586 P-38s, P-47s and P-51s bomb and strafe flak positions and other ground targets in 2 landing zones in the Nijmegen, the Netherlands area, immediately preceding the arrival of the remainder of the US 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions and the Polish 1st Brigade; the P-38s are flown by Eighth and Ninth AF units; they engage 150+ Luftwaffe fighters; AAF claims 27-2-6 aircraft in the air; 4 P-47s and 10 P-51s are lost, 1 P-47 and 1 P-51 are damaged beyond repair and 25 P-47s and 10 P-51s are damaged; 1 pilot is WIA and 14 MIA. 162 B-24s fly a TRUCKIN' mission to France delivering fuel. <br> glm@303rdbg.com (Gary L. Moncur) http://www.303rdbg.com/today.php September 23, 1944-2b 23 Sep 2023 08:56:12 -0000