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    Gents,

    Can someone confirm the Yanks bombed Lorient on January 23rd 1943. Numbers, losses or groups details needed please.

    Thanks in advance.

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    armyairforces.com
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    Eighth AF 19 HBs bomb port facilities and U-boat base at Brest while 35 attack the sub pens and supply shed at Lorient-Keroman. At Lorient, enemy ftrs use new tactics of coordinated attacks in groups of 6 aircraft. 5 bmrs are shot down."

    These five MACR are for that date
    41-24567 1/23/1943 15571 303 360 B-17
    41-24580 1/23/1943 15473 303 358 B-17
    41-24584 1/23/1943 15571 303 427 B-17
    41-24603 1/23/1943 303 359 B-17
    41-24607 1/23/1943 15473 303 427 B-17

    indicating 303 Bomb Group

    Their website has mission reports:
    http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/011.pdf

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    Hi Dennis,

    Thanks for that but I have not got a clue what you mean, what does 19 HBs mean, "Heavy Bombers" ?

    Was it only the 303 Bomb Group that attacked Lorient. ?

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    Hi,

    Just to add.

    41-24579 force landed on return and was salvaged.

    41-24606 landed on one engine at a Hospital in Dawlish, Devon. she was repaired and flown out but did not return to the 303rdBG.

    Alex

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    hello Steve,

    From "The Mighty Eighth War Diary" by Roger Freeman :

    306th B.G. despatched 17 B-17s (14 effective), 91st B.G. sent 13 (8 effective), 303rd B.G. sent 21 (14 effective). 5 B-17s were lost, all belonging to 303rd B.G..

    As a once member of 303rd Bomb Group Memorial Association, I can only concur with the suggestion to check their website, it's really well done. The webmaster is the son of a former B-17 pilot of the group. I also remember a few features about visits to the area by veterans who survived when their B-17 was shot down.

    The target was Lorient port area, bombing took place between 1348 and 1351 hrs. 92 1000 GP and 160 500 GP bombs were dropped.

    305th B.G. raided Brest U-Boat base, with 22 B-17 despatched and 18 effective, bombing at 1413 hrs, dropping 45 1000 GP and 91 500 GP.

    There's a remark below : Lead Group - 305th BG - bombed Brest as attack on Lorient was frustrated by condensation of bombsight of lead aircraft. At Brest bomb pierced tunnel joining Arsenal to Port. 1 303rd B.G. B-17 attacked Brest. On return 91st B.G. B-17 crash landed at Little Horwood and 303rd B.G. B-17 crash landed at Lulsgate Botton airfield, crews safe.

    Hope this helps. I can provide you more details about the losses and crews involved if you need.

    Joss

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    Hi Steve,

    91st BG of USAAF dispatched all its 4 B-17 Squadrons on the Lorient-Keroman Mission 23/1 1943.

    322nd Squadron
    323rd Squadron
    324th Squadron
    401st Squadron

    http://www.91stbombgroup.com/Dailies/322ndjan1943.html

    http://91stbombgroup.com/Dailies/323rd1-1to3-30-43.html

    http://www.91stbombgroup.com/324th1943-2.html

    replaced by:

    http://web.archive.org/web/20060813080649/http://www.91stbombgroup.com/324th1943-2.html

    http://www.91stbombgroup.com/Dailies/401st1943.html

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    VIII Bomber Command Mission 30: The 1st Bombardment Wing.

    73 B-17 aircraft dispatched
    35 B-17 aircraft bombed the Lorient port area

    18 of the leading B-17's from 305th BG + 1 B-17 from another group, opt for the Brest U-Boat base following a temporary bombsight malfunction in the lead bomber while over
    Lorient.

    Sources: The book "Air War Europa - Chronology" and "COMBAT CHRONOLOGY OF THE US ARMY AIR FORCES JANUARY 1943".

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    Dear Steve,

    From Tony Wood's very excellent Combat Claims & Casualties Lists:

    http://www.lesbutler.ip3.co.uk/tony/tonywood.htm

    23. January 1943
    VIII Bomber Command 30: LORIENT & BREST
    73/54: 5 lost 2 Cat.E

    U.S. VIII Bomber Command Summary of Activity (Day). Primary-Target LORIENT/KEROMAN U-boat facilities (Secondary-Target BREST U-boat facilities). 73 B-17s
    Fortress & 17 B-24s Liberator despatched at approx. 12.50 hrs. with R.A.F. Fighter-Support to Lorient/Keroman. 31 B-17s dropped 66.0-tons HE-bombs from 22-24,000 feet, in
    good visibility with 4-7/10th cloud-cover. Preliminary Reports states that attack was fairly successful. 17 B-17s attacked Brest Port-Area, with results unobserved. An estimated
    25 Enemy-fighters were seen, and engagements took place between Lorient & Brest: no assessments made yet. 17 B-24s abandoned task early, due to loss of formations. 5 B-17s
    FTR: 1 B-17 crash-landed at Lulsgate-Bottom (2 crew-members killed).

    HTH,

    Jeff
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    Hello,

    Here's a sure loss of the B-17F "Beats Me!". # 41-24567.

    http://www.absa39-45.asso.fr/Pertes%20Bretagne/Morbihan/commemorations/B-17F_41-24567.htm


    The second loss into the sea off Lorient. B-17F-27-BO. "Jerry Jinx. # 41-24607.
    Cordialement,
    Regards,
    Mit freundlichem Gruß,

    Dan

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    Hi,

    Thanks to each of you for your help with this request, sorry for not getting back sooner.

    Kind regards

    Steve
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