Valence la Trésorerie

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Approx 200km south of Lyon.

May - Aug 1944 - II./KG 26 located here.[1]

Jun – Sep 1944 – Geschwader Bongart used Valence airfield as a base for its anti-partisan operations in and around the valence area.[2]

1 Jun 1944 – Aircraft of the US 15th Airforce attacked Valence airfield.[3]

29 Jun 1944 – III./SG 4 flew sorties against partisans in the Valence area, its aircraft landed at Valence due to bad weather.[4]

24 Jul 1944 – Aircraft of the US 15th Airforce attacked Valence airfield. The bombers claimed damage to the taxying area, guns and aircraft as well as destroying fuel and ammunition.[5]

24/25 Jul 1944 – Valence came under attack, damage was caused to the taxi ways, telephone and power lines.[5]

26 Jul 1944 – Again came under attack by Allied aircraft, this strike caused the destruction of five Ju 88s and one Do 17.[5]

Aug 1944 - Stab./KG 26 located here.[1]

15 Aug 1944 - 37 Sqdn attacked Valence la Trésorerie.Target marking was inaccurate and as a result so was the bombing.[6]

20 Aug 1944 - B-25s of 340th Bomb Group USAAF attacked Valence at 09.03 (allied time), dropping 650 fragmentation bombs.[7]

In addition this airfield was used as a Luftpark and Feldwerkstatt[8]

Flugplatzkdo Valence subordinated to Fl.H.Kdtr. E(v) 221/XII (Lyon-Bron)[9]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 The Luftwaffe 1939-45 - www.ww2.dk
  2. Beale quoted in Andrew Arthy - Geschwader Bongart
  3. USAF Historical Study No 185 - The Effect of the Allied Air Attacks on the Ground Echelon of the Luftwaffe in Western Europe on 1944, by Karl Gundelach p51
  4. BA-MA RL 10 357 – Andrew Arthy -Geschwader Bongart
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 AWM 54 423 4 103 Part 68, Luftflotte 3 Calendar of Operations, July 1944, p.36 – Andrew Arthy -Geschwader Bongart
  6. Service Timeline of James J. MacIsaac RCAF
  7. Dan setzer via TOCH 30 Dec 2009
  8. Remi Traconelli posting to TOCH 28 Dec 2009
  9. Larry de Zeng IV posting to TOCH 28 Dec 2009

Links

Ghostbombers

KG 26 - The Luftwaffe 1939-45

Service Timeline of James J. MacIsaac RCAF

Wikipedia - Operation Dragoon

340th Bomb Wing History Here you will find a post bombing target map and crew lists for the operation.

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