Mission 1 - Brest - November 7, 1942

7 Nov. 1942
On this date the first operational mission against the enemy was carried out by the 91st Bombardment Group (H). The total effort was fifty-six (56) Fortresses of which our Group supplied fourteen (14) ships from the 322nd and 324th Bombardment Squadrons. Lt. John H. Roten, Navigator, participated as navigator for one ship, and S/Sgt. Steven J. Perri, participated as ball turret gunner and assistant aerial engineer on another ship. No ships or complete crews of this Squadron participated in this mission. Objective was the enemy Submarine Base at Brest, in occupied France. Lt. Col. Stanley T. Wray, Group Commander was leader of this Mission. Results: Because of scattered clouds, which partly obscured visibility of target, the results were not observed. However, photographs of the targets reveal that considerable damage was done. 

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Mission 2 - Abbeville - November 8, 1942

8 Nov. 1942:
Four (4) ships and complete crews of this Squadron participated in Bombing mission against and enemy Airdrome and Dispersal Area at Abbeville, in Occupied France. Strong enemy pursuit was encountered and Flak from enemy A.A. was heavy. However, our bombers were escorted by a Squadron of Spitfires, which aided materially in protecting them from the enemy pursuit planes. This was what is known as a Diversion raid, the main attack being against the enemy Locomotive and Steel Works at Lille, in occupied France. Lt. Everett L. Clinard Jr. was quite seriously wounded, and was hospitalized immediately after landing.  Lt. Lyle G. Karnath, Bombardier, was seriously wounded, being hospitalized immediately after landing, due to wounds received on account of Flak. Lt. Clinard was a Navigator and Lt. William M. Anderson was his pilot. Their ship was severely damaged, and Lt. Eugene B. Ellis, Pilot of another ship, seeing Lt. Anderson lose formation, dropped back to aid him and escorted the injured ship and crew safely to the home base. The enemy, doing his best to bring this ship down, failed on account of the skill and teamwork of our crews. Clouds made observation of results of this mission difficult. S/Sgt. Howard, flying in ship #589, was officially credited with destroying one (1) enemy plane, FW-190.

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Mission 3 - St. Nazaire - November 9, 1942

9 Nov. 1942:
As part of an effort of forty-four (44) ships, thirteen (13) from the 91st Bombardment Group (H), two (2) ships and complete crews of this squadron, pilots Lt. Charles R. Giauque and Lt. Martin W. McCarty Jr., participated in a Bombing mission against Enemy Submarine Docks and Pens at St. Nazaire, in occupied France. Due to our skill in making approach to vicinity of target, the enemy was taken by surprise and failed to get his Pursuit Planes in action against us. However, Flak from the ground defenses was quite heavy. A shell exploded in bombardiers compartment of Lt. McCarty's ship, fatally wounding Lt. Louis B. Briglia, Bombardier, who expired during the night, after ships had returned to their Base. Sgt. William W. Dunnavant was severely wounded in action and his ship severely damaged. Ships landed in Exeter, Southwest England, for purpose of refueling. Mission was quite successful.

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Mission 4 - La Pallice, St. Nazaire - November 14, 1942

14 Nov. 1942:
Primary target for the bombing mission was the Enemy Submarine Base in La Pallice in occupied France. Visibility being difficult there, ships went to St. Nazaire, an alternate target, to bomb warehouses and submarine facilities of the enemy. Result of the raid: Bombs were seen bursting on objective, and it is believed mission was quite successful. Only three (3) enemy fighters were encountered. Six (6) ships of our Squadron took part with the following named officers as pilots: First Lieutenants Clancy, Dwyer, Yuravich, Birdsong, Ellis and Bobrow.
 

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Mission 5 - St. Nazaire - November 17, 1942

17 Nov. 1942:
In a bombing mission against Submarine facilities of enemy at St. Nazaire, in occupied France, six (6) ships in this Squadron participated. Considerable enemy action was encountered. Direct hits were seen on the target and many fires were started. Our bombing was from an altitude of 19750 feet. T/Sgt. King, in ship #523, was officially credited with destroying one enemy aircraft, FW-190.

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Mission 6 - La Pallice - November 18, 1942

18 Nov. 1942:
Bombing mission was carried out against Submarine Pens and Docks at La Pallice, in occupied France. Very little enemy action was encountered. Due to bad weather conditions over the target area, some bombs were dropped on alternative and last resort targets at St. Nazaire and Lorient, in occupied France. Our Squadron had four (4) ships taking part in the raid with the following named officers as pilots: Lieutenants Clancy, Yuravich, Dwyer and Birdsong.

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Mission 7 - Lorient - November 22, 1942

22 Nov. 1942:
Bombing mission against enemy Submarine Docks and Pens at Lorient in occupied France. Both main and alternate targets were so obscured by overcast that no bombs were dropped. All ships returned safely, having encountered but little enemy resistance.

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Mission 8 - St. Nazaire - November 23, 1942

23 Nov. 1942:
Bombing mission to St. Nazaire, over occupied France. Weather conditions were very bad. No results could be ascertained. Enemy pursuit quite active. Only one (1) ship of this Squadron, Lt. McCarty as pilot, participated. Two (2) ships from 91st Bomb Group (H) were missing.

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Mission 9 - Lille - December 6, 1942

6 Dec. 1942:
Bombing mission against Locomotive Works of enemy at Lille, in occupied France. Raid was considered quite successful, although considerable enemy activity was encountered. Six (6) planes from our Squadron took part with the following named officers as pilots: Captains Yuravich, Dwyer, and Clancy and Lieutenants Bobrow, Anderson and Giauque. Staff Sergeants Alvey and McCauley more officially credited with destroying one (1) enemy aircraft each, both aircraft being FW-190's.

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Mission 10 - Romilly - December 12, 1942

12 Dec. 1942:
Bombing mission against concentration point for enemy aircraft at Romilly, in occupied France. Raid was considered unsuccessful, as there were 10/10 clouds over target, although some bombs were dropped on or near the alternative target, the marshaling yards at Rouen, France. Sgt. Flint, flying in ship #007, was officially credited with destroying one (1) enemy FW-190.


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Mission 11 - Romilly - December 20, 1942

20 Dec. 1942:
Two (2) ships of this squadron, piloted by Captain Yuravich and Lieutenant Bobrow, participated in a bombing mission over concentration point for enemy aircraft at Romilly, in occupied France. One (1) FW-190 was shot down by S/Sgt. Sullivan, Ball Turret Gunner, flying in ship #544. Raid considered quite successful.

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Mission 12 - Lorient - December 30, 1942

30 Dec. 1942:
Bombing mission against enemy Submarine Pens and Docks at Lorient in occupied France. Major Paul D. Brown, Commanding Officer, was in the leading ship. Other pilots were Captains Dwyer and Yuravich and Lieutenants Birdsong, Giauque, Anderson and Ellis. All ships returned to the Base but some were badly damaged. In ship #525 Captain Yuravich and Lt. Shaw, pilot and copilot respectively, were severely injured. S/Sgt. Shumard, tail gunner, also seriously injured. Lt. Fisher, Bombardier in ship piloted by Captain Clancy, was severely injured in the leg. Captain Bright was observer in ship #523. Due to the skill and judgment of Lt. Shaw, copilot, and T/Sgt. King, Aerial Engineer, the ship was kept in formation and landed safely at the home Base. S/Sgt. Howard was also slightly injured. 

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