Mission Route Map sought for US Bomber Group

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Mission Route Map sought for US Bomber Group

Post by Tim Osborne » 11 Feb 2024 18:21

On 17th May 1943, two USAF B.17 bomber groups (one comprising 100 aircraft and the other with 59 aircraft) went on a mission (code named ‘Circus 29’) to bomb the ‘U’ Boat pens in Lorient, France.

Does anyone have the route map of either of those bomb groups please?

This will just finish off my research on a story connected with that mission.

Thank you

(I have also posted this on the WW2 in Western Europe heading)

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Re: Mission Route Map sought for US Bomber Group

Post by Hans S » 11 Feb 2024 19:51

So it was:
17 May 1943: The flight crew of the B-17 Memphis Belle completed their combat tour of 25 bombing missions over Western Europe with an attack on the massive Kéroman Submarine Base at Lorient, France.
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https://www.thisdayinaviation.com/17-may-1943/

Memphis Belle's history should be reasonably well documented, try that way.

Cheers

Hans

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Re: Mission Route Map sought for US Bomber Group

Post by Tim Osborne » 12 Feb 2024 11:13

Thanks so much Hans! Nice touch to my research!

Tim

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Re: Mission Route Map sought for US Bomber Group

Post by Hans S » 12 Feb 2024 13:50

My pleasure.

This might interest you as well: https://patrimoines-archives.morbihan.f ... les-bombes

If Google is not enough for translation I might be able to help, I know a little bit of French.

Cheers

Hans

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Re: Mission Route Map sought for US Bomber Group

Post by Tim Osborne » 13 Feb 2024 01:59

Thanks Hans.

If you are happy to … could you translate any relevant section/s from the 17th May ‘43? google translate went a bit funny on me!

many thanks! Tim

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Re: Mission Route Map sought for US Bomber Group

Post by OpanaPointer » 13 Feb 2024 04:23

"The U.S Air Force History Office in Bolling Air Force Base Building 5681 in Washington, D.C., houses microfilm copies of archival materials in the United States Air Force Historical Research Center at Maxwell Air Force Base. " https://www.afhra.af.mil/

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Re: Mission Route Map sought for US Bomber Group

Post by Hans S » 13 Feb 2024 10:45

A FREAKING (I would say horrible) ASSESSMENT
During these five weeks, 500 explosive bombs and 60,000 incendiary bombs were dropped on the city. The massive attacks continued until May 17, 1943 (33). The city is destroyed while the submarine base, protected by its concrete buttresses (the word is actually English, I did't think so), is almost intact. Out of 5,000 buildings in Lorient, 3,500 were completely destroyed, most of the others uninhabitable. Hennebont, Lanester, Ploemeur, Guidel and Port-Louis are not spared.
The bombings caused the deaths of around 350 people (34), 34 allied aircraft were hit and 217 airmen killed.
The distress of the bombed regions provokes a surge of solidarity which manifests itself through sponsorships. Thus, the department of Seine-et-Marne adopts Lorient, the towns of Alençon and Argentan (Orne) adopt Riantec and Locmiquélic respectively while Gâvres is adopted by Tarare (Rhône).
OK like that?

Can we see the results of your work?

Cheers

Hans

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