351st Bomb Group

Polebrook, England

Group Mission #186

Credited Mission #180

 
DATE: 8 Aug. 1944
Target: Enemy Troops near St. Sylvain, France
 
Briefing Outline:
  1. Airplane and Crew Assignment Check.

  2. Time Schedule:
     Lead Box
    Briefing   –0715
    Stations   –0935
    Start Engines –0945
    Taxi     –0955
    Take Off   –1010
    Last Take Off –____

  3. Targets:
    Primary: Enemy Troop Concentrations, 1000 yards ahead of our own Troops [Near St Sylvain, France]
    Secondary: Dreux A/D [Airdrome]
    Last Resort: Any A/D, M/Y [R.R. Marshalling Yard], Bridge, concentration of troops or equipment or any column or convoy on the road which can be positively identified and bombed visually.

  4. Loading:
    351 “A”: 38 x 100 Lb. G.P. - Instantaneous Nose - No Tail fusing.
    351 “B”:
    Composite:
    Nickels [Propaganda Leaflets] in Ship # - ____
    Chaff: All A/C will commence release of chaff at ten minutes before IP [Initial Point of Bomb Run], continue for 13 minutes. Each A/C [Aircraft] will carry 312 units. Special care will be taken to release chaff only as specified.

  5. Gasoline Loading: 1700 gallons
    Remarks: ____

  6. Wing Formation:
     Wing Formation  94th (A) CBW  94th (B) CBW  94th (C) CBW  Comp. CBW 
    Lead351st401st
    Low351st401st
    High351st401st

  7. Division Formation:
    PositionCBW [Combat Wing]TargetDeparture Time at Coast
    Lead1st "A" CBWEnemy Troop
    Concentrations
    2nd1st "B"Same
    3rd1st "C"Same
    4th40th "A"Same
    5th40th "B"Same
    6th40th "C"Same
    7th94th "A"Same
    8th94th "B"Same
    9th41st "A"Same
    10th41st "B"Same
    11th41st "C"Same
    2nd Division18 CBWSame
    3rd Division8 CBWSame
    Marauders
    RAF [Royal Air Force]

    Remarks: Interval between CBW - 3 min.
      Base Reference Altitude - 14,000'
      Division assembly line - Splasher #13 to Portland Bill.

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

  9. Group Assembly:
    BoxAltitudePlace
    Lead14,000'Cottesmore
    Low13,000'Cottesmore

     94th "B" CBW 
    [Combat Wing]
    BoxAltitudePlace
    351st Lead 7,000'  Kings Cliffe 
    351st Low6,000'Kings Cliffe
    351st High8,000'Kings Cliffe

  10. Navigator - _____
  11. S-2 - _____
  12. Weather - _____
  13. Special Instructions to Gunners, Bombardiers, and Radio Operators:
    A. Type of Bombing Formation -
    B. Camera A/C to Return - Lead - A-702 - Cartwright; High - M-964 - Hibbard; Low - R-038 - Ford
    Bombing Instructions: Bombs will not be dropped short regardless of circumstances. Short is to be construed as being both West and North of target.

  14. Squadron Leaders and Group Deputy report to Target Room. All but Pilots Dismissed.

  15. (A) Code Words –
    PFF Bombing –____
    Visual Bombing –In Clear
    Authenticator –Home Run
    Recall –Hit The Road
    Weather Code –ABTVI
    Release "CHAFF" –In Clear

    (B) Call Signs:
    Call SignFlaresRemarks
    351st LeadWoodcraft Able LeadGY [Green Yellow]
    351st LowWoodcraft Able LowRR [Red Red]
    351st HighWoodcraft Able HighGG
    401st LeadWoodcraft Baker LeadNormal
    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
    R.A.F. Fighters
    BombersVinegrove Four
    U.S. Grnd. ControlColgate
    R.A.F. Grnd. Control

    Control Points:Fighter Reference Points:
    C.P. Q - Splasher 13N - Brussels
    _____O - St. Quentin
    _____V - Reims
    _____E - Paris
    _____L - Amiens
    _____I - Rouen
    _____S - Dreux
    _____T - Caen

    Remarks: ____

    (D)
    Colors of the Day
    TimeColorLetterChallenge
    0800 – 1400RGWH
    1400 – 2000RYNJ

    (E) Ships To Monitor [Radio Channels A, B, C & D]
    1. - All except the following:
    2. - Lead - N-727; Low - G-862; High - Z-696.
    3. - Low - R-038; High - R-156.
    4. - Available on all aircraft.

  16. Let-Down on _____, if overcast.
    351st Lead   045° Mag. [Magnetic Compass Heading] - Kings Cliff
    351st B   030° Mag. - Kings Cliff
    351st Lead   060° Mag. - Kings Cliff 401st A   360° Mag. - Cottesmore
    401st A   345° Mag. - Cottesmore
    401st A   015° Mag. - Cottesmore
    457th A   ___° Mag.

  17. Flying Control. –
    1. Taxi Plan.
    2. Emergency Fields - Tangmere 5051N - 0042W
    3. Landing Aids.

  18. Special Instructions:
    1. Spares turn back - Mid Channel.
    2. Ships will stay West of 0047W until North of London on the return to bases.
    Tail Gunners turn in poop sheets.

    Zero Hour is - 1300 Hour.

Special Instructions:
 (1) 1st Division units have been assigned a T.O.T. [Time of Takeoff] from Zero minus five to zero plus 35 minutes. No bombs will be dropped in target area before or after time limit.

 (2) The present battle is approximately 1000 yds. north of target. MPI's [Mean Point of Impact] are being hit from North to South because friendly troops will start infiltrating while bombing is still in progress.

 (3) Red Target indicator Markers will be used to outline targets of 3rd Division only.



Operational Narrative – 94th “C” CBW:
  1. Mission Date - 8 August, 1944.
    1. Target: Ground Support, St Sylvian Area (Assigned Primary). 3¼ mi. N. of St. Germain du Crioult (Attacked Target of Opportunity).
    2. Force: 94th "A" Combat Wing of 37 aircraft, including one flying spare.
    3. Position: First in the 94th Combat Wing, seventh in Division formation.
    4. Lead Teams:
      Lead Group
      CBW Air Commander: Major John B. Carraway
      Pilot:Capt. Donald E. Floden
      Navigator:Capt. William D. Badger
      Bombardier:Lt. Robert E. McFarlane

      High Group
      Group Leader: Lt. John L. Roehlk
      Pilot:Lt. Arthur Bartzocas
      Navigator:Lt. William B. Balliett
      Bombardier:Lt. Carl J. Engfer
      Low Group
      Group Leader: Capt. John R. White
      Pilot:Lt. Charles H. Auten
      Navigator:Lt. Billy V. Gwyn
      Bombardier:Capt. Allan H. Behrendt
  2. Narrative.
    1.  Group & Wing Assembly: Carried out as briefed and without difficulty. The assembly altitude had been increased by 3,000 feet shortly before take off.
    2.  Route Over England: Flown as briefed.
    3.  Division Assembly: The Division Assembly Line was flown. The departure from the English coast was made at the briefed time and altitude and on course. The 94th "A" Combat Wing was in its briefed position in the Division formation.
    4.  Flight to Target: The briefed route was flown from the English coast, to the enemy coast, which was crossed one minute late at an altitude of 14,000 feet, as briefed. Just prior to reaching the briefed IP [Initial Point of Bomb Run], a report from "Buckeye Red" was received and stated that a route to either the south or north of the briefed route from the IP to the target would avoid a heavy flak area. The Combat Wing Air Commander, and the Navigator agreed to turn south, and in doing so, fell in trail behind the wing just preceding them. On this course, the Navigator instructed the pilot to turn back to the left as soon as he could after clearing the wing ahead. Some confusion resulted from this because of the pilot's reluctance to cut in on the wing in front. Finally the Air Commander told the pilot to cut in regardless, and a course was taken up to the target.
    5.  Description of Bombing Run: Lead Box: The bombardier took over the controls on C-1 [Autopilot] and bomb bay doors were opened. Flak continued to be intense, and evasive action was taken constantly. At a point approximately nine (9) miles from the target, the ship was hit and wounded both waist gunners, the pilot, tail gunner and one navigator. There was much interphone chatter from the wounded men, particularly in the waist, and during this confusion the bombardier and the DR navigator distinctly heard the command (salvo) repeated two or three times. The bombardier thought that the order came from the Air Commander and asked him if he had given the order. They received no answer from him, and the navigator, observing the red artillery outline of the bomb line, told the bombardier to get rid of the bombs, which he did. At this point, there was a complete interphone failure, loss of instruments, compass, radio and electrical system. The bombing was done visually. The course from the IP to the target was not flown as briefed because of the decision to go south of course in the hope of avoiding a heavy flak area on the briefed route. A target of opportunity was attacked.
      High Box - Low Box: The high and low boxes, following in trail, saw that the bomb release line was not on the assigned target and held their bombs.
    6.  Flight From Target: In order to get away from the intense flak that was encountered on the bombing run and in the target area, the formation did not return on the briefed route. A northwesterly heading was taken, which took the ships over Cherbourg. Departure from the enemy coast was made at the point of entry at 1349 at 8,000 feet. A normal let-down procedure was followed. From Cherbourg, a direct heading was taken for base and the briefed route was gradually approached. The return to base was flown without further incident.
    7.  Fighter Support: Good.
    8.  Comments: No aircraft were lost on the mission of 8 August, 1944. Intense and accurate flak was encountered from before the selected IP until after bombs were released. Weather was clear with some ground haze. Enemy aircraft opposition was nil.
    9.  Aircraft Not Attacking: Aircraft 43-37964, pilot Lt. Hibbard, returned from the assembly area with a report that oil pressure had dropped and that he had been unable to feather the prop. Engineering indicates this to be a personnel failure. The remaining aircraft in this (High) box continued on the mission, but did not bomb, as indicated in section f. All of the aircraft of the low box stayed in the formation, but did not bomb.
    10.  PFF Aircraft: No PFF Aircraft were used or dispatched to other groups.

  [Signed] Carl C. Hinkle, Jr., Major, Air Corps, Operations Officer


Statistical Summary:
94th “C” COMBAT WING FORMATION
Lead BoxHigh BoxLow BoxTOTAL
No. of A/C Failing to Take Off0000
No. of A/C Airborne12131237
No. of A/C Airborne Less Unused Spares12131237
No. of A/C Sorties12121236
No. of A/C Attacking120012
No. of A/C Not Attacking0131225
Name of Primary TargetGround Support, St. Sylvain Area [France]
(A) No. of A/C Attacking Primary Target
(B) No., Size & Type Of Bombs
Name of Secondary Target
(A) No. of A/C Attacking Secondary Target
(B) No., Size & Type Of Bombs
Name of Last Resort Target (LRT)
(A) No. of A/C Attacking LRT
(B) No., Size & Type Of Bombs
Name of Target of Opportunity (T.O.) 3¼ mi. NE of Vassy and ¾ mi. N. of St. Germain du Cricult 
(A) No. of A/C Attacking T.O.12
(B) No., Size & Type Of Bombs426 x 100# GP
No. of A/C Lost - Total0000
No. of A/C Lost - Flak
No. of A/C Lost - Flak and E/A
No. of A/C Lost - Enemy Aircraft
No. of A/C Lost - Accident
No. of A/C Lost - Unknown
Time of Take Off100410061007
Time of Attack1325------
Average Time of Flight5:055:145:23
Altitude of Release14,300’------
Visual or PFFVisual------
Enemy Resistance – AA Intensity & AccuracyIntense and Accurate
Enemy Resistance – Fighter0000
Enemy Resistance – Bombers0000
U.S. A/C Engaged by Enemy Aircraft0000
Degree of SuccessPoorDid Not BombDid Not Bomb

PFF A/C were borrowed from Groups as follows: None
PFF A/C were loaned to Groups as follows: None



Subject: Poor Bombing Results
  1. The following is a summary of the bombing results of the Lead Box 94th "A" Wing of this group for the mission of this date.
    1. The Lead Bombardier was Robert E. McFarlane, 1st Lt. A.C. [Air Corps], 508th Bomb Sqdn. (H) [Heavy]. He writes the following in his bombardier's Narrative:
    2. "The High Box from a wing in front of us turned south as we neared the I.P. We were following them and turned south also. We flew south for a while avoiding flak and then we turned north again. Flak on this run was intense and accurate and wounded several men on the plane. The interphone was used extensively by those wounded and during the talk someone said to salvo the bombs. I checked back to see if I had heard correct and got the same answer. I understood it to be the Air Commader but was not sure. I did not check with him to make sure but went ahead and salvoed the bombs without using the bombsight. At this time, I was not too sure exactly where we were but thought I could see the red smoke from target markers up ahead. The rest of the group dropped their bombs on my release."
    3. Lt. McFarlane was briefed not to drop his bombs short or to the left of the briefed bomb run and not to drop his bombs if there was any possibility of it not being the briefed target.
    4. Lt. McFarlane should have known from his past experience as a wing ship bombardier never to drop his bombs when someone on the crew calls "Bombs Away", "Salvo", or anything else to get him to drop his bombs before the proper release time, without first checking with the air commander for verification.
    5. No credit for the mission of 8 August 1944 will be given to Lt. McFarlane and no other disciplinary action will be taken unless it is requested by his commanding officer.
    6. The bombs of the Lead Box fell 18 miles short of the briefed target and 3¼ miles from the bomb line.
      By order of Col. Romig:
      [Signed] William B. Lyttle, Captain, Air Corps, Group Bombardier.


Combat Bombing Flight Record:

Bombardier - 1st Lt. McFarlane, Robert E.  Pilot - Capt. Floden, Donald E. Navigator - Capt. Badger, William D.
Aircraft B-17G   Q-879  Take-off - 1004 Landed - 1509
Objective - Support of Ground Forces in the St. Sylvain area. [France]
Aiming Point (MPI) [Mean Point of Impact] - None Used - Salvoed without using the sight.
Initial Point - None Used
Method of Attack - Group
No. of Attacking A/C in Group: - 12   Composite Group - ____
Number A/C Dropping Bombs by own Sighting Operation: None
Deflection and Range Sighting, Group: None   Composite Group - ____
Range Sighting only, Group - ____   Composite Group - ____
Bombs, Types and Sizes - 100 Lb. G.P.[General Purpose] AN-M30
Number of Bombs Loaded - 38   Released - Same
Fusing, Nose - Instantaneous   Tail - ____
Synchronization - (No Synchronization)
Information at Release Point:   See Narrative

Altitude of Target - ___Magnetic Heading Ordered 68° Actual 18°
True Altitude Above Target - 14,300True Heading 08°
Indicated Altitude - 14,000Drift, Estimated 7° Right - Actual ____
Pressure Altitude of Target -18True Track ___°
Altimeter Setting 29.92Actual Range 7,798'
Calculated Indicated Air Speed - 150KB.S. Type - ____
True Air Speed - 149KTime of Release 1325
Ground Speed Est. 196 Actual 168Length of Bombing Run - ____
Wind Direction Metro - 320° Actual - 280°Intervalometer Setting - 170 ft.
Wind Velocity Metro 15 Actual 20 C-1 Pilot [Autopilot] - X [Used]
D.S. - 165  Trail - 96   ATF - 32.08A-5 Pilot _____
Tan. D.A, Est. .54 Actual ____ Manual Pilot - ____

Type of Release - Salvo
Point of Impact If Seen - Approximately twenty miles SW of target.
Mean Temp. Metro +7 Actual ___
Winds - Altitude - 14,300 Ft.  Direction - Metro 320°  Actual 208°  Velocity - Metro 15K  Actual 20K
Temp C. - Metro -8° C. Actual -5° C.



Bombardier’s Report for the mission of this date:
  1. No bombs were dropped by the Low and High Boxes of the 94th "A" Wing on mission of 8 August 1944, Field Order #465.
  2. The following reports will not be submitted:
    1. Combat Bombing Flight Record.
    2. Bombardier's Narrative.


Preliminary Damage Assessment:
  1. The target for the three boxes of this Group was an area in support of ground forces in the St. Sylvain area. Only the lead box dropped its bombs.
  2. The bombs of the lead group were accidentally dropped approximately twenty (20) miles SW of the briefed target area. The bombs fell 3¼ miles NE of Vassy, and ¾ of a mile north of St. Germain du Criout. The pattern covered an area 5,520 feet by 1,200 feet, falling mainly along a secondary road and in open fields.
  3. The bombs fell over the latest bomb line by three miles.
  [Signed:] Thomas L. Cooper, Captain, Air Corps, Group P.I. [Photo Intelligence]


Track Chart:
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Combat Crew Comments:

1. Following are the comments made by combat crew members flying today's mission:
    508th Squadron:
A/C 900-U Chaff was improperly used. Didn't correspond with yesterday's Radar lecture. - Lt. Orndorff.
A/C 727-N Increase bombing altitude. - Crew.
A/C 192-R Second element of low squadron forced out of bombing position by high squadron. - Lt. Wishnewsky.

    508th Squadron:
A/C 078-G Our box (high box) did not cross the River Orne, and all three boxes didn't come out as the flight plan called for. - Lt. Van Tassel.
A/C 108-Y The air speed was as low as 125 mph. - Lt. Sutton.
A/C 156-R Air speed slow during the whole mission. - Lt Guthrey.

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


Mission Summary Report:
  1. Abortives and Flying Spares:
    1. Airplane No. 43-37964, 509th Squadron returned early. The Pilot stated that he had no oil pressure on #3 Engine. #3 oil temperature and cylinder head temperatures were normal. Investigation revealed a broken oil line to the oil pressure gage [sic]. If oil pressure was lost through engine failure oil and cylinder head temperatures would rise. In this case they remained constant, indicating oil pressure instrument failure, common with instruments of the type used. The Pilot did not show good judgment in interpreting above mentioned conditions. (Reason: Personnel Error).
  2. Battle Damage:
    1. Airplane No. 42-31192, 508th Squadron. Large flak hole through left wing outer panel, beyond tokio tanks, skin corrugation and former damaged.
    2. Airplane No. 42-31702, 508th Squadron. Flak hole underside of Navigator's compartment. Skin, stringers and generator panel damaged. Small flak hole on #1 nacelle, skin and electrical wiring damaged.
    3. Airplane No. 43-37900, 508th Squadron. Flak shattered top turret dome. Small flak hole behind #1 engine on top of wing, skin, corrugation and fuel cell vent line damaged. Flak hole on left side of Navigator's compartment, skin and window damaged.
    4. Airplane No. 43-38139, 508th Squadron. Large flak rip through right wing between fuselage and #3 Engine. Skin, corrugation, gas tank and main spar damaged.
    5. Airplane No. 43-37727, 508th Squadron. Flak hole underside of left wing outer panel, skin, corrugation and tokio tank damaged. Flak hole on right side of tail gunners [sic] compartment.
    6. Airplane No. 42-97349, 508th Squadron. Small flak hole left wing outer panel underside, skin, corrugation and tokio tank hit. Flak hole underside of right wing inner panel, skin, corrugation and main fuel tank damaged.
    7. Airplane No. 42-31879, 508th Squadron. Three flak holes in left bomb bay door, skin and stringers hit. Flak hole through fuselage just forward of instrument panel, skin, stringers and instrument panel damaged. Flak hole on right side of fuselage near waist window, skin and stringers damaged.
    8. Airplane No. 43-37850, 511th Squadron. Two flak holes on underside of left outer wing panel causing skin damage. Two flak holes on underside RH stabilizer causing skin damage. Flak skin hole on underside of right outer wing panel.
    9. Airplane No. 42-97258, 508th Squadron. Skin damage hole to underside of left elevator. Flak hole on underside of left outer wing panel damaging skin and spar. Two flak holes on left side of vertical stabilizer damaging skin and corrugation. Small flak hole on left side of rudder damaging skin and trim tab.
    10. Airplane No. 42-31711, 508th Squadron. Flak hole on underside of left outer wing panel causing skin damage. Flak hole on underside of right outer wing panel damaging skin and tokio tank.
    11. Airplane No. 44-6108, 509th Squadron. Flak hole on underside of left inner wing panel damaging skin and #1 fuel tank. Flak hole on top of left inner wing panel causing skin damage only.
    12. Airplane No. 43-37515, 510th Squadron. Two flak holes through right outer wing panel damaging skin and corrugation. Flak hole in top of right inner wing panel damaging skin and #4 main fuel tank. Flak skin hole in top of #4 nacelle. Flak hole through left wing tip causing skin damage. Flak hole on underside of right inner wing panel damaging skin and #2 main fuel tank.
    13. Airplane No. 42-31560, 510th Squadron. Flak hole through leading edge of right outer wing panel damaging skin, corrugation, bulkheads and spars. Three flak holes on right side of nose compartment causing skin damage. Flak hole on left side of fuselage aft of waist window damaging skin only. Flak hole on right side of fuselage forward of main door causing skin damage.
    14. Airplane No. 42-107124, 510th Squadron. Flak hole on underside of left outer wing panell damaging skin and tokio tank.
    15. Airplane No. 43-97862, 510th Squadron. Two flak holes through left outer wing panel damaging skin, corrugation and spar. Flak hole on underside of left outer wing panel damaging skin and tokio tank. Three flak hole [sic] on underside of trailing edge of trailing edge of left outer wing panel damaging skin and aileron. Flak skin hole on left side of #1 nacelle causing skin damage.
    16. Airplane No. 42-107216, 511th Squadron. Flak hole on right side of dorsal fin damaging skin and former. Flak hole on underside of left outer wing panel causing skin damage.
    17. Airplane No. 43-37571, 511th Squadron. Flak hole on underside of left inner wing panel causing skin damage. Flak hole on underside of fuselage forward of ball turret damaging skin only. Flak skin hole on underside of LH stabilizer.
    18. Airplane No. 42-38153, 511th Squadron. Flak hole on underside of nose compartment through two formers and flooring of passageway between pilot's and navigator's compartment damaging skin, formers and flooring.
    19. Airplane No. 42-107005, 511th Squadron. Two flak holes through right inner wing panel damaging skin and stringer only. Flak hole through left elevator trim tab damaging skin. Flak hole through leading edge of RH stabilizer causing skin damage. Flak hole on underside of left outer wing panel causing skin damage. Flak hole on underside of left outer wing panel causing skin damage. Two flak holes on underside of right inner wing panel damaging skin and fairing at wing junction.

    TOTAL A/C DAMAGEDMINOR DAMAGEDAMAGED BY FLAK
    191919
  [Signed:] Carl A. Ekblad, Captain, Air Corps, Engineering Officer


Armament Report:
  1. The following armament malfunctions were reported on the Mission of 8 August, 1944.
    1. A/C 42-97258 - fourteen bombs were released on time. Remaining bombs could not be released by salvo or intervalometer. Investigation showed A-4 release was faulty in that it did not pass impulse on to next station. New A-4 release has been installed.
  [Signed:] Clemert E. Hayes, Captain, Air Corps, Group Armament Officer


Aircraft Returning Early:

Aircraft No. 37964 Squadron - 509   Pilot - Lt. Hibbard
Time of Abortive - 1100  Location when Aborted - Kings Cliff Buncher
Reason For Abortive - Lost oil pressure. Was unable to feather prop. Assumed lost oil. Returned to base and checked found broken line to instrument and bad feathering motor.
Disposition of Bombs: Returned
Altitude At Time of Aborting: 11,000
Enemy Opposition Encountered - None
Remarks: ____
[Signed] H.R. Hibbard, 2nd 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: Q–1879, B–7349, N–7727, H–8004, A–1702, J–7978, G–7850, M–7900, P–7258, D–8139, R–1192, F–1711
    Sqdn 509th A/C: [None]
    Sqdn 510th A/C: [None]
    Sqdn 511th A/C: [None]
    P.F.F. Sqdn ___ A/C: ___

    b. 94th "A" Combat Wing   High Group
    Sqdn 508th A/C: [None]
    Sqdn 509th A/C: W–6077, G–6078, Z–7696, Y–6108, M–7964, R–6156, T–1384, X–7926, N–7169
    Sqdn 510th A/C: [None]
    Sqdn 511th A/C: Q–7005, Y–7216, X–7571, (G–8070 Spare)

    c. 94th "A" Combat Wing   Low Group
    Sqdn 508th A/C: [None]
    Sqdn 509th A/C: [None]
    Sqdn 510th A/C: D–7957, P–2955, G–7862, C–2576, R–8038, K–7252, L–7515, F–7124, A–1560, N–7665, M–7196
    Sqdn 511th A/C: F–8153
  2. Target: 4901W - 1/25000 Photo Map K-21, L-21.
  3. W/T and R/T Operational Call Sign of each Squadron:
    Squadron508 [Call Sign]W/T LDD R/T CARLTONSquadron510 [Call Sign]W/T SBS R/T TIPSTAFF
    Squadron509 [Call Sign]W/T POY R/T HOTMINTSquadron511 [Call Sign]W/T JLP R/T PARTNERSHIP
  4. a. Lead Box: Taxi – 0955; Take-Off – 1010; E.T.D. Field – 0110
    b. High & Low Box: Taxi – 0955; Take-Off – 1010; E.T.D. Field – 1010
  5. Time:Height:  Place of Crossing English Coast: (OUT)
    122214,000 Ft Portland Bill
  6. Time:Height:  Place of Crossing Enemy Coast: (IN)
    123914,000 Ft 49°43'N-01°53'W [Omonville-la-Petite, France]
  7. Time:Height:  Place of Crossing Enemy Coast: (Out)
    131914,000 Ft 49°17'N-00°15'W [Ouistreham, France]
  8. Time:Height:  Place of Crossing English Coast: (IN)
    13535,000 Ft Selsey Bill
  9. E.T.R.(Estimated Time of Return) Base: 1437 Hours
  10. MF/DF [Medium Frequency/Direction Finder] Section: "N"
  11. Bomb load of Each A/C: Lead Box
    508 Squadron: 38 x 100 lb. G.P. [General Purpose] Instantaneous Nose x No Tail [Fuses]
    509 Squadron: [None]
    510 Squadron: [None]
    511 Squadron: [None]


    Bomb load of Each A/C: "A" High Box
    508 Squadron: [None]
    509 Squadron: 38 x 100 lb. G.P. Instantaneous Nose x No Tail [Fuses]
    510 Squadron: [None]
    511 Squadron: 38 x 100 lb. G.P. Instantaneous Nose x No Tail [Fuses]


    Bomb load of Each A/C: Low Box
    508 Squadron: [None]
    509 Squadron: [None]
    510 Squadron: 38 x 100 lb. G.P. Instantaneous Nose x No Tail [Fuses]
    511 Squadron: 38 x 100 lb. G.P. Instantaneous Nose x No Tail
  12. Fuel Load of each A/C: Normal Gallons
  13. Group Leader:
    a. Lead Box: Name: D.E. Floden Rank: Capt. A/C: Q-1879  Sqdn. 508th
    b. High Box: Name: J.L. Roehlk Rank: 1st Lt. A/C: W-6077 Sqdn. 509th
    c. Low Box: Name: J.R. White Rank: Capt. A/C: D-7957 Sqdn. 510th
  14. Passengers, if any: (Full Name, Rank, A/C and Squadron Passenger flying with)
    None
  15. PFF A/C: None

Report Compiled By John Maksimik, S/Sgt.



Formation Chart:
94th "A" CBW Lead Box Formation at Take–Off
508th Squadron
Floden–Carraway
A/C 42-31879 Q
Edwards
A/C 43-37727 N
Crabb
A/C 42-97349 B
Muhleman
A/C 43-37850 G
Lord
A/C 42-98004 H
Muffett
A/C 42-97258 P
Jizmejian
A/C 43-37900 M
Poston
A/C 43-37978 J
Cartwright
A/C 42-31702 A
Dreyer
A/C 43-38139 D
Angelini
A/C 42-31711 F
Wishnewsky
A/C 42-31192 R


94th "A" CBW High Box Formation at Take–Off
509th Squadron
Roehlk–Bartzocas
A/C 44-6077 W
Johnston
A/C 43-37696 Z
Van Tassel
A/C 44-6078 G
Myl
A/C 42-107005 Q
Sutton
A/C 44-6108 Y
Cunningham
A/C 42-37384 T
Weatherman
A/C 42-107216 Y
Guthrey
A/C 44-6156 R
Hibbard
A/C 43-37964 M
Hammond
A/C 43-37571 X
Popp
A/C 43-38070 G Spare
Secrest
A/C 42-97169 N
Mertzlufft
A/C 42-97926 X


94th "A" CBW High Box Formation Over–Target
509th Squadron
Roehlk–Bartzocas
A/C 44-6077 W
Johnston
A/C 43-37696 Z
Van Tassel
A/C 44-6078 G
Myl
A/C 42-107005 Q
Sutton
A/C 44-6108 Y
Cunningham
A/C 42-37384 T
Weatherman
A/C 42-102216 Y
Guthrey
A/C 44-6156 R
Popp
A/C 43-38070 G
Hammond
A/C 43-37571 X
Secrest
A/C 42-97169 N
Mertzlufft
A/C 42-97926 X


94th "C" CBW Low Box Formation at Take–Off
510th Squadron
White
A/C 43-37957 D
Longa
A/C 43-37862 G
Olson
A/C 42-102955 P
Fultz
A/C 43-37515 L
Matre
A/C 42-102576 C
Belmyer
A/C 42-31560 A
McFarland
A/C 42-107124 F
McGee
A/C 42-97252 K
Ford
A/C 42-38038 R
Marsey
A/C 43-37665 N
Barker
A/C 42-38153 F
Whitten
A/C 42-97196 M


Time Schedule:
Zero Hour: 1300 DBST [Double British Standard Time]  Briefing: Enlisted Men 0645; Officers 0715  Stations: 0935  Start Engines: 0945  Taxi: 0955  Take-Off: 1010  Leave Base: 1010 [Breakfast: Enlisted Men 0545; Officers 0615]

[Wounded On Mission: 3]

The above records were obtained at the National Archives Records Administration and have been declassified by authority NND 745005
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