351st Bomb Group

Polebrook, England

Group Mission #189

Credited Mission #183

 
DATE: 13 Aug. 1944
Target: Tactical Targets near Louviers, France
 
Briefing Outline:
  1. Airplane and Crew Assignment Check.

  2. Time Schedule:
     ____ Box
    Stations   –0750
    Start Engines –0800
    Taxi     –0810
    Take Off   –0825
    Last Take Off –____

  3. Targets:
    Primary: Tactical Target
    Secondary: ____
    Last Resort: ____

  4. Loading:
    351 “A”: All A/C [Aircraft] 38 x 100 [Lb.] G.P. [General Purpose] 1/10 x 1/40 [Fuses]
    351 “B”:
    Composite:
    Nickels [Propaganda Leaflets] in Ship # - None
    Chaff: ____

  5. Gasoline Loading: 1900 gallons
    Remarks: ____

  6. Wing Formation:
     Wing Formation  94th (A) CBW  94th (B) CBW  94th (C) CBW  Comp. CBW 
    Lead351st
    Low351st
    High351st

  7. Division Formation:
    PositionCBW [Combat Wing]TargetDeparture Time at Coast
    Lead1st "A"
    2nd1st "B"
    3rd1st "C"
    4th40th "A"
    5th40th "B"
    6th40th "C"
    7th41st "A"
    8th41st "B"
    9th41st "C"
    10th94th "A"
    11th94th "B"
    121th94th "C"
    2nd Division
    3rd Division
    Marauders
    RAF [Royal Air Force]

    Remarks: ____

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

  9. Group Assembly:
    Box Altitude Place
    351 Lead9,000' Kings Cliffe 
    351 Low8,000'Kings Cliffe
    351 High10,000'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 -

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

  15. (A) Code Words –
    PFF Bombing –____
    Visual Bombing –____
    Authenticator –Early Bird
    Recall –Two Ton Tessie
    Weather Code –____
    Release "CHAFF" –____

    (B) Call Signs:
    Call SignFlaresRemarks
    351st LeadWoodcraft A LeadGY [Green Yellow]
    351st BWoodcraft A LowRR [Red Red]
    351st CWoodcraft A HighGG
    401st A
    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 Two
    R.A.F. Fighters
    BombersVinegrove Two
    U.S. Grnd. ControlColgate
    R.A.F. Grnd. Control

    Control Points:Fighter Reference Points:
    ___________
    ___________

    Remarks: ____

    (D)
    Colors of the Day
    TimeColorLetterChallenge
    0200 – 0800______
    0800 – 1400______
    1400 – 2000______

    (E) Ships To Monitor [Radio Channels A, B, C & D]
    1. - ____
    2. - ____
    3. - ____
    4. - ____

  16. Let-Down on Kings Cliffe, if overcast.
    351st Lead  025° Mag. [Magnetic Compass Heading]
    351st Low   010° Mag.
    351st High  040° Mag.
    401st A   ___° Mag.
    457th A   ___° Mag.

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

  18. Special Instructions: Spares turn back at Mid Channel.


Operational Narrative – Mission of 13 August, 1944:
  1. Mission Date - 13 August, 1944.
    1. Target Attacked: Tactical targets in the vicinity of Louviers, France.
    2. Force – 94th "A" Combat Wing. Thirty-nine aircraft, including three flying spares and one PFF ship.
    3. Position – Briefed to fly as tenth combat wing in the Division formation. It is believed that this position was reached after some difficulty.
    4. Lead Teams
      Lead Group
      CBW Wing Air Commander: Lt. Col. Paul D. Wood
      Pilot:Captain Richard H. Brooks
      Navigator:Lt. Logan W. Thackery
      Bombardier:Lt. Henry Hamel

      High Group
      Group Leader: Captain William R. Logan
      Pilot:Lt. Richard Garcia
      Navigator:Lt. George J. Fagan
      Bombardier:Lt. Louis Palmer

      Low Group
      Group Leader: Captain Sterling L. McClusky
      Pilot:Lt. Robert G. Hurley
      Navigator:Lt. John R. Gulnac
      Bombardier:Lt. Warren C. Steitz
  2. Narrative.
    1.  Group & Wing Assembly - Carried out without difficulty at King's Cliff buncher. The Lead Group was at its briefed altitude of 9,000 feet. Just before take off, an adjustment in the flight plan called for four minutes to be added to each briefed control point. As a result, that time should be added to each briefed time indicated on the Track Chart and Flight Plan.
    2.  Route Over England – The route over England was flown as briefed. No difficulties were encountered. Control points were reached with no more than 60 seconds variance from the briefed times.
    3.  Division Assembly – The briefed Division Assembly line was flown. Departure from the English coast was made at 1209 hours at 14,000 feet at Little Hampton. Due to the presence of two combat wing formations on the right of the 94th "A" Wing, it was impossible to get into the proper Division position. However, after some maneuvering, it was possible to slide into what is believed to have been the proper position before reaching the enemy coast. As called for in the flight plan, two combat wing formations were following the 94th Combat Wing.
    4.  Flight to Target – The briefed route was followed while crossing the channel and for the first part of the route over enemy territory. Accurate flak was seen firing at the formations ahead which were following the briefed route. In order to avoid such enemy opposition, the turn to the IP [Initial Point of Bomb Run] was not followed as briefed. Instead, the 94th "A" went to the right of course, made a wide turn rather than a sharp one, swung back to the left of course, and made its approach to the target. This variance from the briefed course allowed the formation to miss some of the flak seen along the briefed route. Relative control points along the actual route were reached with little divergency [sic] from the briefed times.
    5.  Description of Bombing Run – Lead Box: Flak was encountered on the bombing run. The C-1 Pilot [Autopilot] was used with good results. The target area was easy to see, but the Aiming Point was not picked up until 40 seconds before "Bombs Away". The briefed aiming point was used and bombing results were good. A normal turn was made at the IP.

      High Box: Flak was encountered on the bombing run. The C-1 Pilot was used, but did not work too well. The Aiming Point was identified 300 seconds before "Bombs Away". The briefed aiming point was used. The pattern was short of the briefed aiming point. A normal turn was made at the IP.

      Low Box: Flak was encountered on the bombing run. The C-1 Pilot was used, but was hit by flak and over-corrected to the right. The aiming point was picked up 90 seconds before "Bombs Away". The briefed aiming point was used. The pattern was over the briefed MPI [Mean Point of Impact]. A normal turn was made at the IP.
    6.  Flight From Target – The briefed route was followed without difficulty after leaving the target. No combat wing rally was made, the groups returning separately, as planned. The Lead Group made its departure from the enemy coast slightly to the right of course two minutes early at 20,000 feet. A normal let down procedure was followed, and the English coast was reached at Beachy Head at 1403 (two minutes early) at 11,200 feet. From the English coast to base, a wide variance was made from the briefed course in order to avoid the London area. The formation descended to 2,000 feet and returned to base without further incident.
    7.  Fighter Support – Few aircraft were seen. Those that were observed are presumed to have been friendly.
    8.  Comments – No aircraft were lost on the mission of 13 August, 1944. Flak was accurate before reaching the target. No enemy aircraft were encountered. Visibility was good.
    9.  Aircraft Not Attacking – The three flying spares returned to base as planned. The remaining thirty-six aircraft continued on the mission and attacked their assigned targets.
    10.  PFF Aircraft – One PFF aircraft was used by each group of the 94th Combat Wing. Bombing was done visually, and all three are reported as having attacked.

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


Statistical Summary:
94th "A" COMBAT WING FORMATION
Lead BoxHigh BoxLow BoxTOTAL
No. of A/C Failing to Take Off0000
No. of A/C Airborne13131339
No. of A/C Airborne Less Unused Spares12121236
No. of A/C Sorties12121236
No. of A/C Attacking12121236
No. of A/C Not Attacking0000
Name of Primary TargetTactical Targets, Louviers, France
(A) No. of A/C Attacking Primary Target12121236
(B) No., Size & Type Of Bombs455 x 100# GP439 x 100# GP456 x 100# GP1350 x 100# GP
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.)
(A) No. of A/C Attacking T.O.
(B) No., Size & Type Of Bombs
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 Off093409350936
Time of Attack1320½13211321
Average Time of Flight5:365:125:22
Altitude of Release20,900’21,600’20,300’
Visual or PFFVisualVisualVisual
Enemy Resistance – AA Intensity & AccuracyMeager and Accurate
Enemy Resistance – Fighter0000
Enemy Resistance – Bombers0000
U.S. A/C Engaged by Enemy Aircraft0000
Degree of SuccessGOOD RESULTSFair ResultsPoor Results
PFF A/C were borrowed from Groups as follows:
PFF A/C were loaned to Groups as follows:42-97701 - 351st42-97600 - 457th42-97638 - 401st
All attacked assigned targets by visual methods.



Bombardier’s Narrative For The Mission Of This Date:
Lead Box 94th "A" Wing
Target - Tactical
  1. Intense Flak encountered on the Bombing Run.
  2. C-1 Pilot [Autopilot] was used with good results.
  3. Target area was easy to see, but A.P. [Aiming Point] was not picked up until forty (40) seconds before "Bombs Away".
  4. The briefed A.P. was used.
  5. Bombing results were excellent.
  6. A normal turn was made at the I.P.
  [Signed] Henry Hamel, 1st Lt., Air Corps, Lead Bombardier, Lead Box 94th "A" Wing.


Combat Bombing Flight Record:

Bombardier - 1st Lt. Hamel, Henry  Pilot - Capt. Brooks, Richard H. Navigator - 1st Lt. Thackrey, Logan W.
Aircraft B-17G   B-701  Take-off - 0934 Landed - 1510
Objective - Road Intersection at Louviers, France (As Briefed)
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: Lead A/C   Composite Group - ____
Range Sighting only, Group - ____    Composite Group - ____
Bombs, Types and Sizes - G.P. [General Purpose] 100 Lb. AN-M30
Number of Bombs Loaded - 38 x 100 & 1 Marker   Released - Same
Fusing, Nose - 1/10   Tail - 1/40
Synchronization - On

Information at Release Point:  A.P. [Aiming Point] hard to pick up.

Altitude of Target - 164Magnetic Heading Ordered 56° Actual 45°
True Altitude Above Target - 20,900True Heading 35½°
Indicated Altitude - 20,000Drift, Estimated 8° Right - Actual 10° Right
Pressure Altitude of Target -100True Track 24½°
Altimeter Setting 29.92Actual Range 11,361.08'
Calculated Indicated Air Speed - 150KB.S. Type - M-9
True Air Speed - 210KTime of Release 1320½
Ground Speed Est. 249 Actual 213Length of Bombing Run - 40 seconds
Wind Direction Metro - 270° Actual - 286°Intervalometer Setting - Salvo
Wind Velocity Metro 50 Actual 48 C-1 Pilot [Autopilot] - X [Used]
D.S. - 134  Trail - 106   ATF - 39.55A-5 Pilot _____
Tan. D.A, Est. .59 Actual .53 Manual Pilot - ____

Type of Release - Salvo
Point of Impact If Seen - Excellent
Mean Temp. Metro +5 Actual +5
Winds - Altitude - 20,900 Ft.  Direction - Metro 270°  Actual 286°  Velocity - Metro 50  Actual 48
Temp C. - Metro -13° C. Actual -10° C.



Bombardier’s Narrative For The Mission Of This Date:
High Box 94th "A" Wing
Target - Tactical
  1. Flak was encountered on the bombing run.
  2. C-1 Pilot [Autopilot] was used, but did not work too well.
  3. Aiming Point was identified three Hundred (300) seconds before "Bombs Away".
  4. The briefed Aiming Point was used.
  5. The pattern was short of the briefed A.P.
  6. A normal turn was made at the I.P.
  [Signed] Louis Palmer, 1st Lt., Air Corps, Lead Bombardier, High Box 94th "A" Wing.


Combat Bombing Flight Record:

Bombardier - 1st Lt. Palmer, Louis  Pilot - 1st Lt. Garcia, Richard Navigator - 1st Lt. Fagan, George J.
Aircraft B-17G   G-078  Take-off - 0935 Landed - 1447
Objective - Road Intersection near the Eure River (As Briefed)
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: Lead A/C   Composite Group - ____
Range Sighting only, Group - ____    Composite Group - ____
Bombs, Types and Sizes - G.P. [General Purpose] 100 Lb. AN-M30
Number of Bombs Loaded - 38   Released - Same
Fusing, Nose - 1/10   Tail - 1/40
Synchronization - On

Information at Release Point:

Altitude of Target - 65Magnetic Heading Ordered 56° Actual 60°
True Altitude Above Target - 21,500 (22,000)True Heading 50°
Indicated Altitude - 20,600 (21,600)Drift, Estimated 8° Right - Actual 9° Right
Pressure Altitude of Target -160True Track 58°
Altimeter Setting 29.92Actual Range 12,534'
Calculated Indicated Air Speed - 150KB.S. Type - M-9
True Air Speed - 210KTime of Release 1321
Ground Speed Est. 249 Actual 258Length of Bombing Run - 300 seconds
Wind Direction Metro - 270° Actual - 280°Intervalometer Setting - Salvo
Wind Velocity Metro 54 Actual 54 C-1 Pilot [Autopilot] - X [Used]
D.S. - 130  Trail - 107   ATF - 40.18A-5 Pilot _____
Tan. D.A, Est. .59 Actual .60 Manual Pilot - ____

Type of Release - Salvo
Point of Impact If Seen - Short
Mean Temp. Metro +5 Actual +5
Winds - Altitude - 21,500 Ft.  Direction - Metro 270°  Actual 280°  Velocity - Metro 54  Actual 54
Temp C. - Metro __° C. Actual -13° C.



Bombardier’s Narrative For The Mission Of This Date:
Low Box 94th "A" Wing
Target - Tactical
  1. Heavy Flak encountered on the Bombing Run.
  2. C-1 Pilot [Autopilot] was used, but was hit by flak and over corrected to the right.
  3. Aiming point was picked up ninety (90) seconds before "Bombs Away".
  4. The briefed Aiming Point was used.
  5. Good pattern, but it was over the briefed M.P.I. [Mean Point of Impact].
  6. A normal turn was made at the I.P.
  [Signed] Warren C. Steitz, 1st Lt., Air Corps, Lead Bombardier, Low Box 94th "A" Wing.


Combat Bombing Flight Record:

Bombardier - 1st Lt. Steitz, Warren C.  Pilot - Capt. McClusky, Sterling L. Navigator - 1st Lt. Gulnac, John R.
Aircraft B-17G   D-957  Take-off - 0936½ Landed - 1458
Objective - Bridge across the Eure River (As Briefed)
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: Lead A/C   Composite Group - ____
Range Sighting only, Group - ____    Composite Group - ____
Bombs, Types and Sizes - G.P. [General Purpose] 100 Lb. AN-M30 & Sky Markers
Number of Bombs Loaded - 38 x 100 Lb & 1 Marker   Released - Same
Fusing, Nose - 1/10   Tail - 1/40
Synchronization - On

Information at Release Point:  AFCE [Automatic Flight Control Equipment [Autopilot]] damaged by flak.

Altitude of Target - 98Magnetic Heading Ordered 56° Actual 61°
True Altitude Above Target - 20,300True Heading 51°
Indicated Altitude - 19,400Drift, Estimated 8° Right - Actual 13° Right
Pressure Altitude of Target -200True Track 63°
Altimeter Setting 29.92Actual Range 12,155'
Calculated Indicated Air Speed - 150KB.S. Type - M-9
True Air Speed - 208KTime of Release 1321
Ground Speed Est. 249 Actual 247Length of Bombing Run - 90 seconds
Wind Direction Metro - 270° Actual - 270°Intervalometer Setting - Salvo
Wind Velocity Metro 50 Actual 55 C-1 Pilot [Autopilot] - X [Used]
D.S. - 137  Trail - 108   ATF - 38.91A-5 Pilot _____
Tan. D.A, Est. .59 Actual .52 Manual Pilot - ____

Type of Release - Salvo
Point of Impact If Seen - Over
Mean Temp. Metro +5.5 Actual +5.5
Winds - Altitude - 20,300 Ft.  Direction - Metro 270°  Actual 270°  Velocity - Metro 50  Actual 55
Temp C. - Metro -13° C. Actual -11° C.



Preliminary Damage Assessment:
  1. The targets for the three boxes of this group were tactical installations near Louviers, France. Photo cover was complete for all boxes.
  2. The bombs of the Lead Box fell in a heavy concentration across a road junction (MPI) [Mean Point of Impact] WSW of the town. The pattern is 1970 feet by 1280 feet with the center of the pattern on the MPI. Approximately 30 bombs fell short of the main pattern.
  3. The bombs of the Low Box fell over their target, the bridge across the Eure River (MPI), but a heavy concentration fell onto the road that approached the bridge. Two bursts are seen on an unidentified industrial building. The pattern is 1577 feet by 1024 feet with the center of the pattern 689 feet over the briefed MPI.
  4. The High Box bombs fell 1400 feet short of their target. The pattern fell into open country and across the Eure river. The pattern is 1795 feet by 1184 feet with the center of the pattern 2333 feet short of the briefed MPI.
  [Signed:] Thomas L. Cooper, Captain, Air Corps, Group P.I. [Photo Intelligence]


Track Chart:
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Mission Summary Report:
  1. Abortives and Flying Spares:
    1. Airplane No. 43-38139, 508th Squadron, returned early as planned. (Reason: Flying Spare).
    2. Airplane No. 43-37956, 508th Squadron, returned early as planned. (Reason: Flying Spare).
    3. Airplane No. 44-6156, 509th Squadron, returned early as planned. (Reason: Flying Spare).
  2. Battle Damage:
    1. Airplane No. 42-98005, 508th Squadron. Flak hole through LH stabilizer damaging skin, corrugation and rib. Flak hole on underside of right inner wing panel causing skin damage. Flak hole on underside of nose compartment damaging skin, flooring between pilot's and navigator's compartment and large selica jel [sic] bottle. Flak skin hole on right side of vertical stabilizer.
    2. Airplane No. 43-37515, 510th Squadron. Flak skin hole in top of right inner wing panel. Flak skin hole in leading edge of left wing. Flak hole in #2 nacelle damaging skin and splitting #1 cylinder. Flak skin hole in bottom of #4 nacelle. Flak hole on underside of right inner wing panel damaging skin and spar. Flak hole on underside of left elevator damaging sheet metal and fabric.
    3. Airplane No. 43-37957, 510th Squadron. Flak holes through RH and LH stabilizers causing skin and corrugation damage. Flak skin hole through right wing tip. Two flak holes through right inner wing panel damaging stifferer, bulkhead, fuel line to E-5 valve and skin. Flak hole on underside of right outer wing panel damaging skin and tokio tank. Flak hole on underside of right inner wing panel damaging skin and flap. Flak hole on underside of right inner wing panel damaging skin and air scoop. Three flak holes through left outer wing panel causing skin damage only. Two flak holes on underside of #2 nacelle damaging push rod housing, skin and corrugation. Two flak holes on each side of dorsal fin damaging skin, de-icer boot and pressure line. Flak hole in top of plexiglass nose.
    4. Airplane No. 42-31560, 510th Squadron. Two flak skin holes through RH and LH stabilizer. Flak hole through left outer wing panel damaging skin, corrugation and suppression member. Two flak holes on underside of left inner wing panel damaging skin, corrugation, booster pump and stringer. Flak hole on underside of #2 nacelle damaging skin and propeller feathering line. Flak skin hole on underside of nose compartment. Flak hole on left side of nose compartment damaging circumferential, bulkhead and skin. Flak skin hole on left side of vertical stabilizer. Two flak skin holes in top of left and right wing tips.
    5. Airplane No. 44-6082, 510th Squadron. Flak hole through right outer wing panel damaging skin and corrugation. Flak hole through right outer wing panel damaging skin, corrugation and suppression members. Flak hole through trailing edge of left inner wing panel damaging skin, flap and flap control rod. Flak hole in top of #1 nacelle damaging skin and niched [sic] instrument lines.
    6. Airplane No. 42-102955, 510th Squadron. Flak hole through left elevator damaging fabric. Flak hole through left outer wing panel damaging skin, corrugation and suppression members. Flak hole inside of #3 nacelle damaging main landing gear spar. Flak hole in leading edge of right wing damaging skin, corrugation and main fuel tank. Flak skin hole in leading edge of left wing. Flak skin hole in top of #2 nacelle. Flak skin hole in bottom of fuselage back of ball turret. Flak hole in left side of fuselage, forward of waist window, damaging skin and ammunition can.
    7. Airplane No. 43-37862, 510th Squadron. Flak hole through right aileron damaging skin and fabric. Flak hole through trailing edge of right inner wing panel damaging skin and trailing edge of flap. Flak hole through trailing edge of left inner wing panel damaging skin and flap. Two flak skin holes in top of left outer wing panel. Flak hole on underside of left outer wing panel damaging skin and tokio tank. Flak hole in bottom of #1 nacelle damaging turbo cooling cap.
    8. Airplane No. 42-97638, 510th Squadron, PFF. Flak hole through RH stabilizer damaging skin, bulkhead and channel. Flak hole on underside of left inner wing panel damaging skin and #4 main fuel tank.
    9. Airplane No. 42-31238, 511th Squadron. Flak hole through #2 nacelle damaging generator, fire wall, oil tank shell, control cables, cables to #1 propeller governor, bulkhead, skin and corrugation. Flak skin hole on left side of fuselage forward of waist window. Flak skin hole on underside of nose compartment.
    10. Airplane No. 43-37571, 511th Squadron. Flak hole through leading edge of right outer wing panel causing skin and corrugation damage. Flak hole through right outer wing panel damaging skin, tokio tank, and corrugation. Flak hole through right and left ailerons damaging fabric and formers. Flak hole in leading edge of right inner wing panel damaging air scoop and into #3 nacelle damaging control cables. Flak hole in lower inboard side of #3 nacelle damaging main nacelle spar. Flak hole through vertical stabilizer causing skin and corrugation damage. Four flak holes on underside of right outer wing panel damaging skin, corrugation, tokio tank and formers.
    11. Airplane No. 44-6139, 511th Squadron. Flak hole through left inner wing panel damaging skin, corrugation and flap transmitter wires. Two flak holes through left outer wing panel damaging skin, stiffener, and corrugation. Flak skin hole in leading edge of left wing. Flak hole through left elevator damaging skin, former and fabric. Flak hole in bottom of #1 nacelle damaging skin and push rod housing. Flak hole on underside of left inner wing panel damaging skin, corrugation, spars and control cables. Flak skin hole on underside of left outer wing panel. Flak hole on underside of fuselage damaging skin, circumferential at station 5c, oxygen bottle and into camera pit. Flak hole on left side of fuselage between stations 6F and 6G damaging skin and stiffener. Two flak holes on left side of nose compartment damaging skin, corrugation, heater duct, electrical wiring and stiffener.

    TOTAL A/C DAMAGEDMINOR DAMAGEBY FLAK
    111111
  [Signed:] Carl A. Ekblad, Captain, Air Corps, Engineering Officer


Aircraft Returning Early:

Aircraft No. 156 Squadron - 509  Pilot - Guthrey
Time of Abortive - 1225  Location when Aborted - 5003N-0030W
Reason For Abortive - Flying Spare
Disposition of Bombs: Brought Back
Altitude At Time of Aborting: 10,000
Enemy Opposition Encountered - None
Remarks: None
[Signed] V.B. Guthrey



Aircraft No. 956 Squadron - ___   Pilot - McFarland
Time of Abortive - 1224  Location when Aborted - Half way across Channel.
Reason For Abortive - Flying Spare
Disposition of Bombs: Brought Back
Altitude At Time of Aborting: 16,000'
Enemy Opposition Encountered - None
Remarks: None
[Signed] [Unsigned]



Aircraft No. 139 Squadron - 508  Pilot - 2nd Lt. Poston
Time of Abortive -1224   Location when Aborted - Mid-Channel
Reason For Abortive - Flying Spare
Disposition of Bombs: Returned with Bombs
Altitude At Time of Aborting: 17,000 ft.
Enemy Opposition Encountered - None
Remarks: ____
[Signed] Evan A. Poston 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: G–7850, J–7978, M–7900, H–8004, (D–8139 Spare)
    Sqdn 509th A/C: B–7701
    Sqdn 510th A/C: [None]
    Sqdn 511th A/C: K–6139, X–7571, Y–8171, A–1238, D–7524, B–8100, G–8070
    P.F.F. Sqdn ___ A/C: ___

    b. 94th "A" Combat Wing   High Group
    Sqdn 508th A/C: N–7727
    Sqdn 509th A/C: G–6078, O–7595, Z–7696, F–7674, X–7926, T–1384, Y–6108, P–7193, L–7676, M–7964, N–7169,
    (R–6156 Spare)
    Sqdn 510th A/C: [None]
    Sqdn 511th A/C: [None]

    c. 94th "A" Combat Wing   Low Group
    Sqdn 508th A/C: (L–7956 Spare)
    Sqdn 509th A/C: [None]
    Sqdn 510th A/C: D–7957, P–2955, G–7862, R–8038, F–7124, N–7665, B–6082, K–7252, C–2576, S–7512, A–1560, L–7515
    Sqdn 511th A/C: [None]
  2. Target: 208883, 232886, 258925 Sheet 9F/1
  3. W/T and R/T Operational Call Sign of each Squadron:
    Squadron508 [Call Sign]W/T JJU R/T CARLTONSquadron510 [Call Sign]W/T UTW R/T TIPSTAFF
    Squadron509 [Call Sign]W/T PCN R/T HOTMINTSquadron511 [Call Sign]W/T KDU R/T PARTNERSHIP
  4. a. Lead Box: Taxi – 0930; Take-Off – 0945; E.T.D. Field – At Take Off
    b. ____ Box: Taxi – ____; Take-Off – ____; E.T.D. Field – ____
  5. Time:Height:  Place of Crossing English Coast: (OUT)
    121014,000 Ft Little Hampton
  6. Time:Height:  Place of Crossing Enemy Coast: (IN)
    125520,000 Ft 48°45'N-00°35'W [Normandy coast, France]
  7. Time:Height:  Place of Crossing Enemy Coast: (Out)
    134120,000 Ft 49°53'N-00°41'E [Saint-Valery-en-Caux, France]
  8. Time:Height:  Place of Crossing English Coast: (IN)
    140110,000 Ft Beachy Head
  9. E.T.R.(Estimated Time of Return) Base: 1441 Hours
  10. MF/DF [Medium Frequency/Direction Finder] Section: "H"
  11. Bomb load of Each A/C: "A" Lead Box
    508 Squadron: 38 x 100 [Lb.] GP's [General Purpose] 1/10 x 1/40 [Fuses]
    509 Squadron: 38 x 100 [Lb.] GP's [General Purpose] 1/10 x 1/40 [Fuses]
    510 Squadron: [None]
    511 Squadron: 38 x 100 [Lb.] GP's [General Purpose] 1/10 x 1/40 [Fuses]

    Bomb load of Each A/C: "A" High Box
    508 Squadron: 38 x 100 [Lb.] GP's [General Purpose] 1/10 x 1/40 [Fuses]
    509 Squadron: 38 x 100 [Lb.] GP's [General Purpose] 1/10 x 1/40 [Fuses]
    510 Squadron: [None]
    511 Squadron: [None]

    Bomb load of Each A/C: "A" Low Box
    508 Squadron: 38 x 100 [Lb.] GP's [General Purpose] 1/10 x 1/40 [Fuses]
    509 Squadron: [None]
    510 Squadron: 38 x 100 [Lb.] GP's [General Purpose] 1/10 x 1/40 [Fuses]
    511 Squadron: [None]
  12. Fuel Load of each A/C: 1900 Gallons
  13. Group Leader:
    a. Lead Box: Name: P.D. Wood Rank: Lt. Col. A/C: B-7701  Sqdn. 509th
    b. High Box: Name: R. Garcia Rank: 1st. Lt. A/C: G-6078 Sqdn. 509th
    c. Low Box: Name: McClusky Rank: Capt. A/C: B-7957 Sqdn. 510
  14. Passengers, if any: (Full Name, Rank, A/C and Squadron Passenger flying with)
    None
  15. PFF A/C: B-7701 - 509th Sqdn with 351st; Y-7600 - 508th to 457th; Z-7638 - 510th to 401st.

Report Compiled By Batinchok, Cpl.



Formation Chart:
94th "A" CBW Lead Box Formation at Take–Off and Over Target
511th Squadron
Brooks–Col. Wood
A/C 42-97701 B PFF
Bland–Hopkins
A/C 44-6139 K
Pryor
A/C 42-98004 H
Smith
A/C 43-37524 D
Belote
A/C 43-37571 X
Bjoring
A/C 43-38070 G
Merrill
A/C 44-8100 B
Lambert
A/C 43-38171 Y
Popp
A/C 42-31238 A
Edwards
A/C 43-37850 G
Poston
A/C 43-38139 D Spare
Moulton
A/C 43-37900 M
Angelini
A/C 43-37978 J

[Spare aircraft returned at Mid-Channel]

94th "A" CBW High Box Formation at Take–Off and Over Target
509th Squadron
Garcia–Logan
A/C 44-6078 G
Johnston
A/C 43-37696 Z
McAfee
A/C 43-37595 O
Dawson
A/C 44-6108 Y
Weatherman
A/C 43-37674 F
McCall
A/C 43-37676 L
Downing
A/C 42-97193 P
Newby
A/C 42-31384 T
Mertzluft
A/C 42-97926 X
Sutton
A/C 43-37727 N
Guthrey
A/C 44-6156 R Spare
Barker
A/C 42-97169 N
Cunningham
A/C 43-37964 M

[Spare aircraft returned at Mid-Channel]

94th "A" CBW Low Box Formation at Take–Off and Over Target
510th Squadron
McClusky
A/C 43-37957 D
Hennegan
A/C 43-37862 G
Olson
A/C 42-102955 P
Keller
A/C 44-6082 B
Matre
A/C 42-38038 R
Barnhart
A/C 42-102576 C
McGee
A/C 42-97252 K
Bennett
A/C 43-37665 N
Gray
A/C 42-107124 F
Whitten
A/C 43-37512 S
McFarland
A/C 43-37956 L Spare
Redman
A/C 43-37515 L
Belmeyer
A/C 42-31560 A

[Spare aircraft returned at Mid-Channel]

Time Schedule:
Zero Hour: 1300 DBST [Double British Standard Time]  Briefing: 0630  Stations: 0910  Start Engines: 0920  Taxi: 0930  Take-Off: 0945  Leave Base: 0945 [Breakfast: Enlisted Men 0500; Officers 0530]

[Wounded On Mission: 0]

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