351st Bomb Group

Polebrook, England

Group Mission #159

Credited Mission #153

 
DATE: 25 Jun. 1944
Target: Airdrome at Toulouse, France
 
Briefing Outline:
  1. Airplane and Crew Assignment Check.
  2. Time Schedule:
     ____ Box
    Stations   –0350
    Start Engines –0400
    Taxi     –0410
    Take Off   –0425 - Lead A/C [Aircraft *]
    Last Take Off –____

    [*] Lead Group add 10. High Group add 20.

  3. Targets:
    Primary: Toulouse [France]
    Secondary: Cazaux [France]
    Last Resort: Any military objective

  4. Loading:
    351 “A”: 18 x 250 [Lb.]
    351 “B”: 18 x 250
    High : M-47's [Incendiary Bombs]
    Nickels [Propaganda Leaflets] in Ship # - ____
    Chaff: 1 min. before I.P. [Initial Point of Bomb Run] for twelve minutes.

  5. Gasoline Loading: 2700 gallons
    Remarks: ____

  6. Wing Formation94th (A) CBW94th (B) CBW94th (C) CBWComp. CBW
    Lead351st401457
    Low
    High

  7. Division Formation:
    PositionCBW [Combat Wing]TargetDeparture Time at Coast
    Lead41 AToulouse
    2nd1 AToulouse
    3rd94 AToulouse
    4th1 BToulouse
    5th1 CToulouse
    6th94 BToulouse
    7th94 CToulouse
    8th
    2nd DivisionCalais
    3rd DivisionUnknown
    Marauders
    RAF [Royal Air Force]

    Remarks: ____

  8. Fighter Cover:
    • [Force][Latitude & Longitude][Call Sign]
      _________ _______  ______ 

  9. Group Assembly:
    BoxAltitudePlace
    High12,000'Cottesmore
    Lead11,000'Cottesmore
    Low10,000'Cottesmore

  10. Navigator - _____
  11. S-2 - _____
  12. Weather - _____
  13. Special Instructions to Gunners, Bombardiers, and Radio Operators:
    Gunners – Stay awake.
    Bomb – Salvo.
  14. Squadron Leaders and Group Deputy report to Target Room. All but Pilots Dismissed.
  15. (A) Code Words –
    PFF Bombing –____
    Visual Bombing -In clear - I.P.
    Authenticator –Sleepy Time
    Recall -After The Ball
    Weather Code -TIVAB
    Release "CHAFF" -Tin Hat

    (B) Call Signs:
    Call SignFlaresRemarks
    351st AWoodcraft Red - LeadRY [Red Yellow]
    351st BWoodcraft Red - LowR [Red]
    401st AWoodcraft Red - HighG
    401st B
    457th A
    457th B
    Composite
    1st C.B.W.
    40th C.B.W.
    41st C.B.W.
    Composite C.B.W.

    (C)
    U.S. FightersBalance 1-1 to 1-5
    R.A.F. Fighters
     BombersVinegrove 1 - 3
    U.S. Grnd. ControlColgate
    R.A.F. Grnd. Control

    Control Points:Fighter Reference Points:
    C.P. 1 - Selsey BillP - LeMans
    C.P. 2 - 4920-0040WR - Tours
    _______E - Bourges
    _______S - Bourget
    _______T - Lyon
    _______O - Limoges
    _______N - Toulouse
    Remarks: ____

    (D)
    Colors of the Day
    TimeColorLetterChallenge
    0200 – 0800YYVN
    0800 – 1400Y-YRDF
    1400 – 2000R-RRSH

    (E) Ships To Monitor [Radio Channels A, B, C & D]
    1. - All except:
    2. - 196-M, 926-X, 571-X
    3. - 038-R, 108-Y, 702-A
    4. - ____

  16. Let-Down on Cottesmore, if overcast.
    351st A Lead  345° Mag. [Magnetic Compass Heading]
    351st B Low  360° Mag. [Magnetic Compass Heading]
    401st A High   015° Mag.
    457th A   ___° Mag.

  17. Flying Control. –
    1. Taxi Plan.
    2. Emergency Fields.
    3. Landing Aids.

  18. Special Instructions:
    Vertical distance upon departure from buncher – 600 Ft.
    Camera ships to return early – Lord – 702-A, 108-Y, 038-R
    Interval between CBW’s – 2 minutes.
    Small target – demands good formation.
    Take off -
      Hold tail down until 70 MPH.
      Don’t hit brakes until wheels clear of ground.
    Tires blowing out – Taxiing too fast.


Operational Narrative – 94th “A” CBW:
  1. General Narrative. The Combat Wing of 38 aircraft took off at 0424 hours. The crews had been briefed to assemble at 11,000 feet, but based upon the report from the weather ship, six thousand feet was added to the assembly altitude, thus putting the lead group at 17,000 feet for the assembly. Due to the fact that the assembly was taking longer to accomplish than had been originally planned, the decision was made by the CBW [Combat Wing] Air Commander to go directly to Point C, using the additional time needed at the Cottesmore Buncher. The CBW formation left the buncher seventeen minutes late with the Low Group still not completely assembled. An announcement was made by the CBW Air Commander over VHF for all stray children to proceed directly to Point Z as the departure was made on course. The additional thousand feet gained in the assembly at the buncher was lost but because of stronger winds than briefed, Selsey Bill was reached fifteen minutes late. Due to the tardiness of the formation, it flew at the tail of the Division formation rather than in its scheduled position, (third of the seven combat wings). Several stray ships joined the CBW formation at Selsey Bill and departure from that point was made with all aircraft in position.
     The route into the target was flown nearly as briefed. Several minor deviations were made in order to avoid flak installations known to be firing at the CBW’s ahead. The target was reached and bombs were away from the lead ship at 0942, twenty two minutes late. The return route was flown as briefed with the exception of a detour by way of the assigned emergency airdrome to allow those short of gas to refuel.  Enemy opposition was practically nil. No enemy fighters were seen and the flak at the target was meager and reasonably accurate. The fighter cover was perfect. Friendly fighters were within calling range of the formation at all times in spite of the ships being about twenty minutes late.  The entire mission went off nearly as briefed. No improvements in planning could be made, with the exception of better weather information on the assembly areas.  Seven aircraft landed on the English coast on the return route to refuel and have returned to base.
  2. Aircraft Not Attacking. All scheduled aircraft of the Lead and High boxes attacked the primary target.
     Aircraft 42-38038, pilot Lt. Walker, returned from 49°30’N-00°50’W [Just off coast north of Vierville-sur-Mer, France] with the report that he had been unable to locate the formation.
     Aircraft 42-107124, pilot Lt. Irwin, returned from 51°04’N-01°04’W [Just east of Winchester, England] with #2, #3, and #4 generator regulators malfunctioning.
     Aircraft 42-107005, pilot Lt. Olson, returned from the vicinity of Splasher 11 with the #1 [Supercharger] waste gate stuck closed and the exhaust stack broken on #8 cylinder of #1 engine.
     The rest of the aircraft continued as indicated in the general narrative and attacked the primary target.
  3. Aircraft Lost. No aircraft were lost on the mission of 25 June, 1944.
  4. 94th “A” CBW Commander. Major Paul L. Fishburne, flying in aircraft 42-31879, led the 94th “A” CBW formation.
    Group Leaders. The High Box was led by Lt. Gerald Viste in aircraft 44-6077. Lt. John R. White led the Low Box in aircraft 43-37655.

[Signed] Clinton F. Ball, Lt. Colonel, Air Corps, Operations Officer


Statistical Summary:
94th “A” COMBAT WING
Lead BoxHigh BoxLow BoxTotal
No. of A/C Scheduled13121338
No. of A/C Failed to Take Off0000
No. of A/C Taking Off13121338
No. of A/C Taking Off Less Unused Spares13121338
No. of A/C Attacking13121035
No. of A/C Not Attacking0033
Name of Primary Target (PFF)A/D [Airdrome], Toulouse, France
No. of A/C Attacking Primary (PFF)13121035
No., Size & Type Of Bombs on Primary234 x 250 GP
 [General Purpose] 
496 x 100 IB
 [Incendiary Bomb] 
180 x 250 GP 414 x 250 GP 
496 x 100 IB
No. Bombs Brought Back:
  By Abortives0054 x 250 GP54 x 250 GP
  Other0000
Total Bombs Loaded234 x 250 GP496 x 100 IB 237[*] x 250 GP 468 x 250 GP
496 x 100 IB
No. of A/C Lost0000
[* 237 appears to be incorrect or the total column is incorrect - Low Box 180 + 54 = 234 + 234 in Lead Column = 468, which is in the Total column.]
[Handwritten In] One A/C scheduled as a flying spare took a position in the Low Box & bombed with it.


Bombardier’s Narrative – High Box 94th “A” CBW:

1. No trouble was encountered on the bombing run.
2. C-1 pilot [Autopilot] was used without any trouble.
3. Smoke from previous Groups’ bombing tended to obscure the target. Aiming Point was picked up fifty (50) seconds before “Bombs Away”
4. Briefed Aiming Point was used.
5. A sharp turn was made at the Initial Point in order to get the proper interval.

[Signed:] Clay J. Pinner, 1st Lt., Air Corps, Lead Bombardier



Bombardier’s Narrative – Lead Box 94th “A” CBW:

1. Some flak was encountered on the bombing run.
2. No trouble was had with C-1 Pilot [Autopilot].
3. Briefed Aiming Point could not be located due to heavy smoke cover.
4. An alternate Aiming Point (034061/2) was used; the four hangars on north side of the field.
5. A normal turn was made at the Initial Point.

[Signed:] Joseph Loiacono, 1st Lt., Air Corps, Lead Bombardier



Bombardier’s Narrative – Low Box 94th “A” CBW:

1. Some flak over the target. Heavy prop-wash was encountered on the bombing run which caused the gyro to tumble. Action of gyro caused the bombs to fall short. Gyro would not stay erect, but continued to oscillate back and forth.
2. No trouble was encountered in using the C-1 Pilot [Autopilot].
3. Aiming Point was seen at the beginning of the bomb run.
4. Briefed Aiming Point was used.

[Signed:] Robert L. Burleson, 2nd Lt., Air Corps, Lead Bombardier



Combat Bombing Flight Record – High Box 94th “A” CBW:

Bombardier - 1st Lt. Pinner, Clay J.  Pilot - 1st Lt. Viste, Gerald D. Navigator - 2nd Lt. Gallagher, Thomas J.
Aircraft B-17G   077-W  Take-off - 0425 Landed - 1446
Objective - A/D [Airdrome] at Toulouse, France
Aiming Point (MPI) [Mean Point of Impact] - Northwest Hangars
Initial Point - As briefed
Method of Attack - Group
No. of Attacking A/C in Group: - 12   Composite Group - ____
Number A/C Dropping Bombs by own Sighting Operation: ONE
Deflection and Range Sighting, Group: ____   Composite Group - ____
Range Sighting only, Group - ____   Composite Group - ____
Bombs, Types and Sizes - 100 LB. M47A1 I.B.’s [Incendiary Bombs]
Number of Bombs Loaded - 42   Released - 42
Fusing, Nose - Inst. [Instantaneous]   Tail - ____
Synchronization - On
Information at Release Point:   Smoke partly obscured target

Altitude of Target - +412Magnetic Heading Ordered 342° Actual 345°
True Altitude Above Target - 25,700'True Heading 328°
Indicated Altitude - 25,600'Drift, Estimated 3° Left - Actual 2° Right
Pressure Altitude of Target +412True Track 330°
Altimeter Setting 29.92Actual Range 9,776'
Calculated Indicated Air Speed - 150 M.P.H.B.S. Type - M-9
True Air Speed - 229 M.P.H.Time of Release 0944
Ground Speed Est. 196 Actual 195Length of Bombing Run - 120 sec.
Wind Direction Metro - 350° Actual - 305°Intervalometer Setting - Minimum
Wind Velocity Metro 35 Actual 25 C-1 Pilot [Autopilot] Yes [Used]
D.S. - 124  Trail - 150   ATF - 47.31A-5 Pilot _____
Tan. D.A, Est. .38 Actual .40 Manual Pilot - ____

Type of Release - Train
Point of Impact If Seen - On briefed M.P.I.
Mean Temp. Metro -5 Actual -5
Winds - Altitude - 25,600 Ft.  Direction - Metro 350°  Actual 305°  Velocity - Metro 35  Actual 25
Temp C. - Metro -30° C. Actual -30° C.



Combat Bombing Flight Record – Lead Box 94th “A” CBW:

Bombardier - 1st Lt. Loiacono, Joseph   Pilot - Major Fishburne, Paul L. Navigator - 1st Lt. Simmons, Max G.
Aircraft # 879-Q  Take-off - 0424  Landed - 1450
Objective - Airfield at Toulouse, France
Aiming Point (MPI) [Mean Point of Impact] - (Alternate Aiming Point) 034061/2 – 4 hangars on north side of field.
Initial Point - As briefed
Method of Attack - Group
No. of Attacking A/C in Group: - 12   Composite Group - ____
Number A/C Dropping Bombs by own Sighting Operation: ONE
Deflection and Range Sighting, Group: ____   Composite Group - ____
Range Sighting only, Group - ____   Composite Group - ____
Bombs, Types and Sizes - 250 LB. AN-M57 G.P.’s. [General Purpose]
Number of Bombs Loaded - 18   Released - Same
Fusing, Nose - 1/10   Tail - 1/40
Synchronization - On
Information at Release Point:   Smoke covered briefed aiming point.

Altitude of Target - 412'Magnetic Heading Ordered 342° Actual 340°
True Altitude Above Target - 25,100'True Heading 332°
Indicated Altitude - 25,000'Drift, Estimated 3° Left - Actual 3° Left
Pressure Altitude of Target +412True Track 332°
Altimeter Setting 29.92Actual Range 9,890'
Calculated Indicated Air Speed - 150 M.P.H.B.S. Type - M-9
True Air Speed - 227 M.P.H.Time of Release 0942
Ground Speed Est. 194 Actual 216Length of Bombing Run - 6½ min.
Wind Direction Metro - 350° Actual - 285°Intervalometer Setting - Salvo
Wind Velocity Metro 35 Actual 18 C-1 Pilot [Autopilot] - X [Used]
D.S. - 124.2  Trail - 99   ATF - 42.67A-5 Pilot _____
Tan. D.A, Est. .39 Actual .40 Manual Pilot - ____

Type of Release - Salvo
Point of Impact If Seen - Alternate Aiming Point
Mean Temp. Metro -5 Actual -5
Winds - Altitude - 25,000 Ft.  Direction - Metro 350°  Actual 285°  Velocity - Metro 35  Actual 18
Temp C. - Metro -30° C. Actual -30° C.



Combat Bombing Flight Record – Low Box 94th “A” CBW:

Bombardier - 2nd Lt. Burleson, Robert L.   Pilot - 1st Lt. White, John R. Navigator - 1st Lt. Gwyn, Billy V.
Aircraft # 655-N  Take-off - 0421  Landed - 1503
Objective - Airfield at Toulouse, France
Aiming Point (MPI) [Mean Point of Impact] - As briefed
Initial Point - As briefed
Method of Attack - Group
No. of Attacking A/C in Group: - 12   Composite Group - ____
Number A/C Dropping Bombs by own Sighting Operation: ONE
Deflection and Range Sighting, Group: ____   Composite Group - ____
Range Sighting only, Group - ____   Composite Group - ____
Bombs, Types and Sizes - 250 LB. AN-M57 G.P.’s. [General Purpose]
Number of Bombs Loaded - 18   Released - Same
Fusing, Nose - 1/10   Tail - 1/40
Synchronization - On
Information at Release Point:   Malfunction of bombsight.

Altitude of Target - 412Magnetic Heading Ordered 342° Actual 340°
True Altitude Above Target - 24,000'True Heading ___
Indicated Altitude - 24,400'Drift, Estimated 3° Left - Actual 5° Left
Pressure Altitude of Target +412True Track ___
Altimeter Setting 29.92Actual Range 9,511'
Calculated Indicated Air Speed - 150 M.P.H.B.S. Type - M-9
True Air Speed - 225 M.P.H.Time of Release 0942
Ground Speed Est. 142 Actual ___Length of Bombing Run - 6 minutes
Wind Direction Metro - 350° Actual - 285°Intervalometer Setting - Salvo
Wind Velocity Metro 35 Actual 18 C-1 Pilot [Autopilot] - X [Used]
D.S. - 125.9  Trail - 99   ATF - ___A-5 Pilot _____
Tan. D.A, Est. 38 Actual 37 Manual Pilot - ____

Type of Release - Salvo
Point of Impact If Seen - Short.
Mean Temp. Metro -5 Actual -5
Winds - Altitude - 24,400 Ft.  Direction - Metro 350°  Actual 285°  Velocity - Metro 35  Actual 18
Temp C. - Metro -30° C. Actual -30° C.



Preliminary Damage Assessment:
  1. The target for the three boxes of this group was the hangar area of the A/D [Airdrome] at Toulouse, France. Photo coverage was good for all three boxes. The southeastern hangar area had been hit previously and covered the area with smoke.
  2. The lead box could not see the briefed AP because of smoke and selected the NW hangar area (034061/2) as an alternate AP. The main pattern fell 1,500 feet over the hangar and little damage will be done. There is a possible hit on one hangar and later photos show an explosion. The pattern is 2,140 feet by 1,575 feet..
  3. The bombs of the low box fell in open fields approximately one mile short of the target area. The pattern is 2,100 feet by 1, 680 feet.
  4. The incendiary bombs of the high box fell into the target area. Bombs can be seen exploding on and around the hangar. The approximate pattern is 3,424 feet by 1,498 feet with the MPI as briefed.
[Signed:] Thomas L. Cooper, Captain, Air Corps, Group P.I. [Photo Intelligence] Officer


Track Chart:
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Combat Crew Comments:

    508th Squadron
A/C 702-A: Should have some extra flak suits in nose. – Lt. Sedlacek.

    510th Squadron
A/C 077-D: Flew through too many cloud layers. – Lt. Nuoffer.
A/C 560-A: Metro data off. – Lt. Gulnac.
A/C 082-B: Radio operators were briefed this morning on a different emergency landing field than the navigators were. – Sgt. Slater.

    511th Squadron
A/C 780-G: Do something to keep us out of prop wash on bomb run; group and squadron leaders need some polishing off, mostly squadron leaders. – All Officers.

[Signed] Robert P. Ramsey, Captain, Air Corps, Group S-2 [Intelligence]



Mission Summary Report:
  1. Abortives:
    1. Airplane No. 42-38038, 510th Squadron returned early. The Pilot stated that he was unable to locate the formation. (Personnel)
    2. Airplane No. 42-107124, 510th Squadron. Returned early, the Pilot stated that all four generators were inoperative and the instruments were erratic. Investigation revealed that #2, #3 and #4 generator regulators were malfunctioning and the reverse current relay on #4 Generator was faulty. This condition would throw all the load on #1 generator and make it also malfunction. (Mechanical)
    3. Airplane No. 42-107005, 511th Squadron returned early. The Pilot stated that #1 Engine had blown a cylinder. Investigation revealed: #1 [Supercharger] waste gate stuck closed, exhaust stack broken on #8 Cylinder of #1 Engine. (Mechanical)
  2. Battle Damage:
    1. Airplane No. 42-31238, 511th Squadron. Small flak hole through right flap, skin and corrugation damaged. Small flak hole near right waist window. Skin damage only.
    2. Airplane No. 42-102952, 511th Squadron. Small flak hole below copilot’s windshield, skin damage only.

    TOTAL A/C DAMAGEDMINOR DAMAGEDAMAGED BY FLAKBY FLAKBY FIGHTERBY FLAK & FIGHTER
    222
[Signed:] Carl A. Ekblad, Captain, Air Corps, Group Engineering Officer


[On back of Mission Summary Report]

Lead Box
Pilot – Major Paul Fishburne
Nav. – Lt. Simmons
Bomb. – Lt. Loiacono
Mag. Heading - 340°
Bombs Away – 0942

Low Box
Pilot – Lt. J.R. White
Nav. – Lt. Gwyn
Bomb. – Lt. Burleson
Mag. Heading - 340°
Bombs Away – 0942

High Box
Pilot – Lt. G.D. Viste
Nav. – Lt. Gallagher
Bomb. – Lt. Pinner
Mag. Heading - 345°
Bombs Away - 0944



Aircraft Returning Early:

Aircraft No. 38038 Squadron - 510   Pilot - Walker
Time of Abortive - 0720  Location when Aborted - 49°13’N-08°50’W [In Celtic Sea 206 miles WNW of Brest, France]
Reason - Failed to find formation.
Disposition of Bombs: Brought back.
Altitude At Time of Aborting: 15,000 ft.
Enemy Opposition Encountered - None
Remarks: ___
[Signed] Charles M. Walker, 1st Lt., Air Corps



Aircraft No. 42-107124 Squadron - 510   Pilot - Irwin
Time of Abortive - 0626  Location when Aborted - 51°04’N-01°04’West (Vicinity Splasher 11) [10 miles east of Winchester, England]
Reason - Electrical system not functioning properly. First radio compass failed; then generators became extremely erratic – first surging & then dropping off suddenly.
Disposition of Bombs: Brought back.
Altitude At Time of Aborting: 16,000’
Enemy Opposition Encountered - None
Remarks: Apparently a serious short in system.
[Signed] Samuel T. Irwin



Aircraft No. 42-31509 Squadron - 510   Pilot - Lt. Olson
Time of Abortive - 0500  Location when Aborted - Over home field.
Reason - Lost oil pressure on #3 Engine & oil temp. went up to 140° & caught fire.
Disposition of Bombs: In plane.
Altitude At Time of Aborting:1,000’
Enemy Opposition Encountered - None
Remarks:
[Signed] W.D. Olson, 1st Lt.



“J” Form:
  1. Last Four numbers and Call Letter of A/C in each Squadron:
    a. 94th "A" Combat Wing   Lead Group
    Sqdn 508th A/C: 1879–Q, 1711–F, 1702–A, 7727–N, 6151–M, 2971–J
    Sqdn 509th A/C: [None]
    Sqdn 510th A/C: 0857–J, 2955–P
    Sqdn 511th A/C: 7381–U, 7318–S, 7571–X, 1714–R, (7780–G Spare)
    P.F.F. Sqdn ___ A/C: ____

    b. 94th "A" Combat Wing   High Group
    Sqdn 508th A/C: [None]
    Sqdn 509th A/C: 6077–W, 6078–G, 7926–X, 7595–O, 9760–M, 7169–N, 1384–T, 3542–V, 6108–Y
    Sqdn 510th A/C: [None]
    Sqdn 511th A/C: 7524–D, 1748–V, 2952–H
    b. 94th "A" Combat Wing   Low Group
    Sqdn 508th A/C: [None]
    Sqdn 509th A/C: [None]
    Sqdn 510th A/C: 7665–N, 1509–V, 7515–L, 8038–R, 7512–S, 7124–F, 6082–B, 7077–D, 7196–M, 1560–A
    Sqdn 511th A/C: 1238–A, 7046–Z, (9848–C Spare)
  2. Target: Z-770
  3. W/T and R/T Operational Call Sign of each Squadron:
    Squadron508 [Call Sign]W/T UAP R/T CARLTONSquadron510 [Call Sign]W/T NAU R/T TIPSTAFF
    Squadron509 [Call Sign]W/T PMC R/T HOTMINTSquadron511 [Call Sign]W/T JFP R/T PARTNERSHIP
  4. a. High Box: Taxi – 0410; Take-Off – 0425; E.T.D. Field – At Takeoff
    b. ____ Box: Taxi – ____; Take-Off – ____; E.T.D. Field – ____
  5. Time:Height:  Place of Crossing English Coast: (OUT)
    063415,000 Ft Selsey Bill
  6. Time:Height:  Place of Crossing Enemy Coast: (IN)
    070115,000 Ft 49°20'N-00°40'W [2 miles W of Arromanches-les-Bains, France]
  7. Time:Height:  Place of Crossing Enemy Coast: (Out)
    100520,000 Ft 44°56'N-01°12'W [Lacanau, France]
  8. Time:Height:  Place of Crossing English Coast: (IN)
    13001,000 Ft 50°20'N-04°13'W [Near Plymouth, England]
  9. E.T.R.(Estimated Time of Return) Base: 1423 Hours
  10. MF/DF [Medium Frequency/Direction Finder] Section: "N"
  11. Bomb load of Each A/C: Lead Box
    508 Squadron: 18 x 250 G.P. [General Purpose] 1/10 Nose x 1/100 Tail [Fuse]
    509 Squadron:
    510 Squadron: Same
    511 Squadron: Same


    Bomb load of Each A/C: High Box
    508 Squadron: Maximum [Number of] M-47A1 IB's [Incendiary Bomb]
    509 Squadron:
    510 Squadron:
    511 Squadron: Same

    Bomb load of Each A/C: Low Box
    508 Squadron:
    509 Squadron:
    510 Squadron: 18 x 250 G.P. [General Purpose] 1/10 Nose x 1/100 Tail [Fuse]
    511 Squadron: Same
  12. Fuel Load of each A/C: 2700 Gallons
  13. Group Leader:
    a. Lead Box: Name: P.L. Fishburne Rank: Major A/C: 1879-Q  Sqdn. 508th
    b. High Box: Name: G.D. Viste Rank: 1st Lt. A/C: 6077-W Sqdn. 509th
  14. c. Low Box: Name: J.R. White Rank: 1st Lt. A/C: 7665-N Sqdn. 510th
  15. Passengers, if any: (Full Name, Rank, A/C and Squadron Passenger flying with)
    None

Report Compiled By J.C. Muesing, S/Sgt.



Formation Chart:
Lead Box Formation Take–Off and Over Target
508th Squadron
Fishburne
A/C 42-31879 Q
Wright
A/C 42-31711 F
Overholt
A/C 42-97381 U
Lord
A/C 42-31702 A
Condon
A/C 42-102971 J
Crabb
A/C 42-102955 P
Taylor
A/C 43-37571 X
Miller
A/C 42-30857 J
Kennedy
A/C 42-97318 S
Leland
A/C 43-37727 N
Muhleman
A/C 42-31714 R
Jizmajian
A/C 42-6151 M
Dingel
A/C 42-37780 G Spare


High Box Formation Take–Off and Over Target
509th Squadron
Viste
A/C 44-6077 W
Petersen
A/C 42-97926 X
Garcia
A/C 44-6078 G
McAfee
A/C 42-37595 O
Roehlk
A/C 42-102952 H
Smith
A/C 43-37524 D
Johnston
A/C 42-3542 V
Sutton
A/C 42-31384 T
McCall
A/C 42-39760 M
Hibbard
A/C 42-31748 V
Dawson
A/C 44-6108 Y
Downing
A/C 42-97169 N


Low Box Formation Take–Off
510th Squadron
White
A/C 43-31665 N
Fultz
A/C 43-37515 L
Olson
A/C 42-107005 Q
Walker
A/C 42-38038 R
Nuoffer
A/C 42-107077 D
Caughlan
A/C 43-37512 S
Konecheck
A/C 42-31560 A
Keller
A/C 42-97169 M
Irwin
A/C 42-107124 F
Matre
A/C 42-31238 A
Myl
A/C 42-107046 Z
Gibbons
A/C 44-6082 B
Woodrum
A/C 42-39848 C Spare


Low Box Formation Over–Target
510th Squadron
White
A/C 43-31665 N
Fultz
A/C 43-37515 L
Nuoffer
A/C 42-107077 D
Caughlan
A/C 43-37512 S
Konecheck
A/C 42-31560 A
Keller
A/C 42-97169 M
Gibbons
A/C 44-6082 B
Matre
A/C 42-31238 A
Myl
A/C 42-107046 Z
Woodrum
A/C 42-39848 C
Time Schedule:
Zero Hour: 0630 DBST [Double British Standard Time]Briefing: 0200  Stations: 0350  Start Engines: 0400  Taxi: 0410  Take-Off: 0425  Leave Base: 0425 [Breakfast: 0030 for Gunners, 0100 for Officers]

 [Wounded - 0]
The above records were obtained at the National Archives Records Administration and have been declassified by authority NND 745005
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