351st Bomb Group

Polebrook, England

Group Mission #260

Credited Mission #253

 
DATE: 20 Jan. 1945
Target: Fuel Plant at Starkrade, Germany
 
Briefing Outline:

    1. TARGETS: 
    2. Visual Primary & M.H.: Fuel Plant at Sterkrade [Germany]
    3. PFF Primary: M/Y [R.R. Marshalling Yard] Rheine [Germany]
    4. Visual Secondary: ____
    5. PFF Secondary: ____
    6. Last Resort: Any military objective positively in Germany & east of current bomb line.

  1. TIMINGS:
    Zero Hour: - 0900
    Stations: - 0625
    Start Engines: - 0635
    Taxi: - 0645
    Take Off: - 0700
    Target Time: - ____
    ETR [Estimated Time
       of Return]:
    - ____

      Gasoline 2,500 Gallons

  2. LOADING:
     Lead - 10 x 500# G.P. [General Purpose] 1/10 – 1/40 [Fuses]
     High - Same
     Low - Same
     Composite - ___

  3. Intervalometer Settings: Visual – Salvo. MH [Micro-H] or H2X - 50 FT.

  4. Chaff: Commence release at I.P.[Initial Point of Bomb Run] & continue for 20 mins. [Each A/C] – 506 units.

  5. Disposition of Forces [Bomb Group]TargetTime of Departure
    "A" Gp. in 94 CBW
    [Combat Bomb Wing]
    351 Sterkrade 
    "B" Gp. in 94 CBW 457Sterkrade
    "C" Gp. in 94 CBW
    Force "A"1 Div. Lead351Sterkrade
    2nd CBW40Sterkrade
    Force "B"1st CBW1Mannheim
    2nd CBW41Mannheim
    2nd Div.330 A/CAschaffenburg
    3rd Div.4 Grps.Sterkrade & Heilbronn

    PFF A/C to fly as: Lead & Deputy Lead of Lead Squadron, Lead of High [Sqdn.], & Lead of Low [Sqdn.].

    REMARKS:
     Expect Snow - EA/C [Enemy Aircraft]

  6. Fighter Cover: 4 Gps. of P-51’s, [Call Sign] Balance 2-1 & 2-2

  7. Other Forces: ____

  8. Assembly:
    Lead at17,000'feet on Kings Cliffe Buncher
    High at18,000'feet onKings CliffeBuncher
    Low at16,000'feet onKings CliffeBuncher
    401st at____feet on____Buncher
    457th at18,500'feet onGlattonBuncher
    Composite at____feet on____Buncher

    Combat Wing Assembly Line: Splasher #6 - Clacton
    Division Assembly Line: Clacton to 51°22’N-03°26’E [Nieuwvliet, Netherlands]

  9. Navigator - _____

  10. S-2 - _____

  11. Weather - _____

  12. Special Instructions:
     a. Type of Bombing Formation - Normal by Sqdn - Equip. out before IP go to Secondary - After IP drop on lead.
     b. Bombardier and Navigator of the #3 A/C of each sqdn. report to Photo Lab.
      They are: Lead - Q-080, High - P-038, Low - Z-696
     c. Camera A/C   H-435, H-280, N-169
      to return at  Coast out[bound]
     d. Spares to turn back at Continental coast
     e. REMARKS: IP is inside bomb line - bomb bays open over channel to avoid accidental release - Malfunction in releasing - Special "poop"

      BREAK!!  PILOT’S STAY!

  13. CALL SIGNS:
    CALL SIGNFLARES  NAME
    351stWoodcraft AbleRG [Red Green]Major Roper
    401stWoodcraft
    457thWoodcraft Baker
    1st Div. Air Commander
    94th CBW Air Commander

    FightersBalance 2-1, 2-2
    BombersVinegrove 2-1
    Grnd. ControlMohair

    Control Points:Fighter Reference Points:
    C.P. 1 - ClactonW - Zwolle
    C.P. 2 - 51°22’N-03°26’ER - Rheine
     [Nieuwvliet, Netherlands]E - Gladbeck
    C.P. 2 - 52°37’N-04°37’ES - Coblenz
     [Egmond aan Zee, Netherlands]T - Frankfurt
    _____L - Manheim
    _____I - Stuttgart
    _____N - Strasbourg
    _____G - Trier
    Remarks: Reference Altitude: 22,000’


  14. Ships To Monitor [Radio Channels A, B, C & D]
    1. Channel “A” - All except:
    2. Channel “B” - H-435, F-566, F-124
    3. Channel “C” - 67th F.W. [Fighter Wing] C-694
    4. Channel “C” - 8th A.F. [Air Force] A-428
    5. Channel “D” - All except Z-376, B-701, Q-080, M-001

  15. FLYING CONTROL:
    1. Runway on Take Off. ____
    2. Expected Runway on return. ____
    3. Emergency Airfields on Continent. ____


Operational Narrative –
  1. Date of Mission - 20 January, 1945
    1. Target Attacked:  The Lead and Low Squadrons bombed in the primary target area through the use of faulty Micro-H equipment. The High Squadron attacked the secondary target at Rheine, Germany, by PFF.
    2. Force: Thirty-eight aircraft, including four PFF ships, and two flying spares, were dispatched.
    3. Position: The 94th “A” Group flew in the briefed position as the lead group of the “A” Task Force.
    4. Lead Teams
      Group Lead
      Air Commander: Major Leonard B. Roper
      Pilot:Captain Clifford T. Pryor
      Navigator:1st Lt William P. Cosgrove
      Bombardier:Captain William B. Lyttle

      High Squadron
      Group Leader: 1st Lt Richard G. Dinning
      Pilot:2nd Lt Richard B. Franz
      Navigator:2nd Lt John W. Martin
      Bombardier:2nd Lt Elmer J. Houser

      Low Squadron
      Group Leader: 1st Lt Charles A. Daugherty
      Pilot:2nd Lt Robert A. Wolf
      Navigator:1st Lt Elver F. Huntley
      Bombardier:1st Lt Donald H. Stump
  2. Narrative.
    1.  Squadron and Group Assembly: The assembly was carried out over the Kings Cliffe buncher at the briefed altitude of 17,000 feet. It was still dark when the formation left the buncher. The departure from the assembly area was made on time (0837) at the briefed altitude of 17,000 feet.
    2.  Route Over England: The briefed route was closely followed for the majority of the route over England. However, at 52°15’N - 01°16’E, it was necessary to make a dog-leg to the right of the briefed course in order to get behind and to avoid the Third Division, when it was seen approaching from the right ahead of the 94th “A” Group. After completing this maneuver, it was necessary to cut inside of the briefed route and depart from the English coast to the north of the briefed point in order to make up the time lost while getting behind the Third Division.
    3.  Division Assembly Line: Departure from the English coast was made to the north of the briefed course at 0910, one minute later than the time planned for the departure from Clacton. The altitude at that point was 20,000 feet, the briefed height. A cloud layer was encountered at the English coast and the Third Division was seen going through it. A steep climb was made through the clouds and the formation broke out at 24,500 feet at mid-channel. The 94th “A” found itself at this point between two groups of the Third Division. It was necessary to permit them to get ahead, but this was not completed until the formation was inside of the Belgian coast.
    4.  Flight to Target: The Belgian coast was reached to the left of the briefed point four minutes early (0930) at the briefed altitude of 25,000 feet. By essing to the south of the briefed course it was possible to get behind the groups of the Third Division and to fly in the briefed position as lead group of the “A” Task Force.  The briefed route was followed to the IP [Initial Point of Bomb Run] with little variance. The IP used was three minutes south of the briefed point and was reached five minutes late (0955) at the briefed altitude of 25,000 feet. The Weather Scouting Force had reported eight-tenths clouds at the target. Before the IP was reached, the High Squadron found that it could not attack the primary target on Micro-H, and so started a PFF run on the secondary target.
    5.  Description of Bombing Run: A long run was made on the primary target by the Lead and Low Squadrons. About two-thirds of the way down the run, it was definitely determined that the Micro-H beacon was not functioning properly. The run was completed, using the one beacon which was working and attempting to compensate for the delay which apparently was not being used by the second beacon. Due to PFF failure, the Low Squadron had to bomb on the smoke markers of the Lead Squadron.  The High Squadron, when it determined that the Micro-H beacons were not functioning properly, made a PFF run on the Secondary target. Both targets were found to be overcast. The Lead Squadron reported that the C-1 Pilot [Autopilot] functioned satisfactorily, while the High Squadron did not use it.
    6.  Flight From Target: After attacking, the Lead and Low Squadrons followed the briefed route closely, with the exceptions made necessary by evasive action and weather. The departure point from the Dutch coast was reached to the right of the briefed point at an altitude of 24,000 feet. It was necessary to fly to the right and north of the briefed route in order to avoid the clouds at that altitude. Cromer was reached at an altitude of 22,000 feet. It was necessary to fly to the right of the briefed course over England in order to avoid the weather. The let-down was started shortly before base was reached. The High Squadron, after attacking the secondary target, flew with a squadron of the 305th Group on the withdrawal. Evasive action was necessary, and as a result it flew to the right of course on the withdrawal. Weather was encountered before departing from the Dutch coast which made it necessary to fly to the right of the briefed course. A 360° turn was made off the English coast at Cromer in order to let-down through the clouds. The formation crossed the English coast at Cromer and returned directly to base.
    7.  Fighter Support: As briefed.
    8.  Comments: No aircraft were lost. No enemy aircraft were encountered. Moderate and accurate flak was encountered in the target area from shortly after the IP until about five minutes after bombs away. Eight to nine tenths clouds were encountered in the target area. Contrails were thick but not persistent. The Weather Scouting Force was contacted and it furnished adequate weather information.
    9.  Aircraft Not Attacking: One aircraft of the Low Squadron returned early due to mechanical failure. In the High Squadron, one aircraft failed to attack while over the target. Both flying spares returned as planned.

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


Statistical Summary:
351st Bombardment Group (H)
Lead BoxHigh BoxLow BoxTOTAL
No. of A/C Failing to Take Off0000
No. of A/C Airborne13131238
No. of A/C Airborne Less Unused Spares12121236
No. of A/C Sorties12121135
No. of A/C Attacking12111135
No. of A/C Not Attacking0112
Name of Primary TargetSTERKRADE, GERMANY
(A) No. of A/C Attacking Primary Target121123
(B) No., Size & Type Of Bombs 120 x 500# GP  110 x 500# GP  230 x 500# GP 
Name of Secondary Target RHEINE, GERMANY 
(A) No. of A/C Attacking Secondary Target11
(B) No., Size & Type Of Bombs110 x 500# GP110 x 500# GP
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 Off070107020659
Time of Attack1004½1026½1005
Average Time of Flight5:445:525:52
Altitude of Release23,950’23,490’22,500’
Visual or PFFMicro-HPFFMicro-H
Enemy Resistance – AA Intensity & AccuracyMeager and Accurate
Enemy Resistance – Fighter0000
Enemy Resistance – Bombers0000
U.S. A/C Engaged by Enemy Aircraft0000
Degree of SuccessUNOBSERVED

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








[Lead Sqdn.] Lead Bombardier’s Narrative:
Date - 20 Jan., 1945
Field Order # 610
Squadron or Group - Lead Sqdn., 94th CBW "A" Group
Target - Sterkrade, Germany
  1. Type of Bombing (Visual, PFF or Combined)?  Micro-H Methods
  2. Did Squadron perform own sighting operation, bomb on smoke marker, or was bombing done in Group Formation? Lead bombed by Micro-H methods and the Low dropped on the Lead on a Magnetic Heading of 92° at 1005 hours.
  3. Was turn made at briefed I.P.? 3 miles south of briefed.
  4. Cloud coverage and visibility. 10/10
  5. If Visual, when was MPI identified? If not actually seen, how was it located? --
  6. Any Interference on Bomb Run? None
  7. Did C-1 [Autopilot] function satisfactory? Yes
  8. Any other factors affecting accuracy? None
  [Signed] William B. Lyttle, Captain, Air Corps, Lead Bombardier

Combat Bombing Flight Record:

I certify that this 12E Form is complete and accurate.
[Signed] William B. Lyttle, Captain, Air Corps, Group Bombardier. Lead Squadron, 94th "A" Group

Lead Squadron, 94th CBW "A" Group Bombardier - Captain Lyttle, William B.
Pilot - Major Roper, L.B. and Capt. Pryor, C.T.
Navigator - 1st Lt.Cosgrove, William P.

Aircraft B-17G   Z-376  Take-off - 0700 Landed - 1300
Objective - Sterkrade, Germany
Aiming Point (MPI) [Mean Point of Impact] - Micro-H Methods
Initial Point - 3 miles south of briefed I.P.
Method of Attack - Two Squadrons
No. of Attacking A/C in Group: - 24   Composite Group - ____
Number A/C Dropping Bombs by own Sighting Operation: ____
Deflection and Range Sighting, Group: One   Composite Group - ____
Range Sighting only, Group - ____   Composite Group - ____
Bombs, Types and Sizes - 10 x 500 Lb. AN-M43, G.P.[General Purpose] & Markers
Number of Bombs Loaded - As Above   Released - Same
Fusing, Nose - 1/10   Tail - 1/40
Synchronization - On

Information at Release Point:  Low dropped on Lead.

Altitude of Target - +130'Magnetic Heading Ordered 91° Actual 71°
True Altitude Above Target - 23,950True Heading 64°
Indicated Altitude - 25,000Drift, Estimated 1° Right - Actual 7° Right
Pressure Altitude of Target +574True Track 71°
Altimeter Setting 29.92Actual Range 14,627.2'
Calculated Indicated Air Speed - 150KBomb Sight Type - Mercury
True Air Speed - 216KTime of Release 1004½
Ground Speed Est. 272 Actual 239Length of Bombing Run - 3 min.
Wind Direction Metro - 270° Actual - 270°Intervalometer Setting - 50 Feet
Wind Velocity Metro 50K Actual 50K C-1 Pilot [Autopilot] - X [Used]
D.S. - 133.1  Trail - 56   ATF - 39.79A-5 Pilot _____
Tan. D.A, Est. .63 Actual .58 Manual Pilot - ____

Type of Release - 50' Train
Point of Impact If Seen - Unobserved
Mean Temp. Metro -26.5 Actual -26.5
Winds - Altitude - 24,000 Ft.  Direction - Metro 270°  Actual 270°  Velocity - Metro 50K  Actual 50K
Temp C. - Metro -51° C. Actual -53° C.



[High Sqdn.] Lead Bombardier’s Narrative:
Date - 20 Jan., 1945
Field Order # 610
Squadron or Group - High Sqdn., 94th CBW "A" Group
Target - Rheine, Germany (Secondary)
  1. Type of Bombing (Visual, PFF or Combined)?  PFF
  2. Did Squadron perform own sighting operation, bomb on smoke marker, or was bombing done in Group Formation? Squadron made own PFF sighting operation.
  3. Was turn made at briefed I.P.? 51°47'N - 06°48'E
  4. Cloud coverage and visibility. 10/10
  5. If Visual, when was MPI identified? If not actually seen, how was it located? PFF
  6. Any Interference on Bomb Run? None
  7. Did C-1 [Autopilot] function satisfactory? Not Used
  8. Any other factors affecting accuracy? None
  [Signed] Elmer J. Houser, 2nd Lt., Air Corps, Lead Bombardier

Combat Bombing Flight Record:

I certify that this 12E Form is complete and accurate.
[Signed] William B. Lyttle, Captain, Air Corps, Group Bombardier. Lead Squadron, 94th "A" Group

Lead Squadron, 94th CBW "A" Group Bombardier - 2nd Lt. Houser, Elmer J.
Pilot - 1st Lt. Dinning, Richard G.
Navigator - 2nd lt. Martin, John W.

Aircraft B-17G   A-358  Take-off - 0700 Landed - 1300
Objective - Rheine, Germany (Secondary Target)
Aiming Point (MPI) [Mean Point of Impact] - PFF
Initial Point - 51°47'N - 06°48'E
Method of Attack - Squadron
No. of Attacking A/C in Group: - 12   Composite Group - ____
Number A/C Dropping Bombs by own Sighting Operation: ____
Deflection and Range Sighting, Group: One   Composite Group - ____
Range Sighting only, Group - ____   Composite Group - ____
Bombs, Types and Sizes - 10 x 500 Lb. AN-M43, G.P.[General Purpose] & Markers
Number of Bombs Loaded - As Above   Released - Same
Fusing, Nose - 1/10   Tail - 1/40
Synchronization - On

Information at Release Point:  

Altitude of Target - +150'Magnetic Heading Ordered 91° Actual 67°
True Altitude Above Target - 23,490True Heading 60°
Indicated Altitude - 25,720Drift, Estimated 1° Right - Actual 10° Right
Pressure Altitude of Target +514True Track 70°
Altimeter Setting 29.92Actual Range 14,802.1'
Calculated Indicated Air Speed - 148KBomb Sight Type - M-9
True Air Speed - 216KTime of Release 1026½ Hours
Ground Speed Est. 272 Actual 230Length of Bombing Run - 32 miles
Wind Direction Metro - 270° Actual - 286°Intervalometer Setting - 50 Feet
Wind Velocity Metro 50K Actual 60K C-1 Pilot [Autopilot] - ____
D.S. - 131.5  Trail - 56   ATF - 40.31A-5 Pilot _____
Tan. D.A, Est. .63 Actual .56 Manual Pilot - X [Used]

Type of Release - 50' Train
Point of Impact If Seen - Unobserved
Mean Temp. Metro -26.5 Actual -26.5
Winds - Altitude - 24,000 Ft.  Direction - Metro 270°  Actual 286°  Velocity - Metro 50K  Actual 60K
Temp C. - Metro -51° C. Actual -53° C.



Preliminary Damage Assessment:
  1. The lead and low squadrons of this Group attacked as a primary target the synthetic oil plant at Sterkrade, Germany. Bombing was done for the lead squadron by Micro-H methods and the low squadron dropped on the smoke markers of the lead. The Nijmegan buncher was improperly delayed and bombing was inaccurate.
  2. Bombs away for the lead and low squadrons can be plotted at a point 4,431 feet SE of the city of Mulheim, approximately nine miles SE of the primary target. No bursts are seen on the ground, but an estimated point of impact would place the pattern one mile SW of the city of Essen.
  3. The high squadron bombed the secondary target at Rheine, Germany by PFF methods. Photos show bombs away over 10/10ths clouds with no ground detail visible.
  [Signed:] Thomas L. Cooper, Captain, Air Corps, Group P.I. [Photo Intelligence]


Narrative Teletype Report:
  1. No leaflets were carried on today's mission.
  2. The Lead Squadron of this group bombed the primary target at Sterkrade, Germany by Micro-H methods. The Low Squadron PFF equipment was out and they bombed on the smoke markers of the Lead Squadron. The High Squadron was unable to pick up the beacons and bombed the Secondary target at Rheine, Germany by PFF methods. The Nijmegen beacon was improperly delayed and bombing results for the Lead and Low are poor. Photos show bombs away one half mile SE of the town of Mulheim, Germany, but no bursts are shown on the ground. An estimated point of impact would place the pattern in the approximate SW corner of Essen. Bombing by the High Squadron was through 10/10 clouds with unobserved results.
  3. No E/A [Enemy Aircraft] were encountered and no claims [of enemy aircraft being shot down] are being submitted.
  4. There was moderate accurate flak spread over the target area from shortly after the I.P. to about five minutes after bombs away; both barrage and continuous following fire were reported. Moderate accurate continuous following was also encountered in the Secondary target area. On the way in to the target there was meager fairly accurate flak from Venlo. Moderate accurate flak was also encountered at approximately 51°54’N - 06°42’E.
  5. 8 to 9/10 cloud coverage was encountered on the route in; with 9/10 clouds prevailing in the target area. Contrails were thick but non-persistent.
  6. There were no observations of military importance.
  7. The Lead squadron bombed by Micro-H methods, and the Low Squadron, because of PFF failure, was forced to drop on the smoke markers of the Lead. Because of the shortness of the bomb run on the Secondary Target, the PFF equipment was not completely effective. Fighter support was as briefed. The Scouting Force was contacted and it furnished adequate weather information. A/C G-992 of the 305th Bomb Group dropped with the Lead Squadron of this Group. Our A/C B-691 [Lt. Lambert] landed at Woodbridge due to mechanical difficulties. None of our A/C are missing.


Track Chart:
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Combat Crew Comments:

    508th Squadron:
A/C 843-P: Element lead was very poor today. – Lt. Potter.

    510th Squadron:
A/C 515-L: Opening bomb bay doors over Channel to test them doesn’t seem to be such a good idea; about 4 A/C today couldn’t
      get them closed again. – Lt. Gonske.

    511th Squadron:
A/C 650-M: We need a piece of tin or something for scraping ice off windows. – Lt. Rosenblatt.

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


Mission Summary Report:
  1. Abortives and Flying Spares:
    1. Airplane No.43-37696, 509th Squadron, returned early because of internal failure No. 1 Engine.
    2. Airplane No.43-37862, 510th Squadron, returned early as planned.
    3. Airplane No.43-38592, 511th Squadron, returned early as planned.
  [Signed:] John W. Freeman, Captain, Air Corps, Group Engineering Officer


Armament Malfunction Report:
  1. Airplane No. 43-38461 – Premature release of all bombs. Navigator states that doors did not fully open while being tested over the Channels. The Engineer could not crank doors open rest of the way. Upon arrival at I.P. the Navigator tried his door switch again and as soon as he moved the switch to the “doors open” position all the bombs released in train.
  2. The bombing system and the doors were ground checked and operating satisfactorily. Intervalometer was then taken to Bombsight Department for test and check was in excellent condition.
  3. This aircraft was flown on an operational mission by the same crew 21 January, 1945 and bomb doors and racks operated perfectly.
  [Signed:] Clemert E. Hayes, Captain, Air Corps, Group Armament Officer.


Abortive Report
Aircraft No. 43-37595 O Squadron - 509 Low  Date - 20 January, 1945
  1. PILOT'S STATEMENT:
    1. Reason for abortive Runaway prop - wouldn't feather
    2. Place and altitude 19,000' 51°50'N - 01°35'E
    3. Time 0915
    4. Position in formation Lead of High element - Low box
    5. Disposition of bombs Position "A", jettisoned safe - 52°25'N - 02°40'E [Mid-channel 38.6 miles East of Lowestoft, England]
    6. Remarks ____
      (Pilot's Signature) Elmer B. Johnson
  2. GROUP ENGINEERING OFFICER'S STATEMENT:
    1. Cause (if mechanical) Engine Failure - Internal
    2. Responsibility Engineering
    3. Type if abortive Mechanical
    4. Position in formation 
    5. Disposition of bombs 
    6. Remarks 
      (Eng. Officer's Signature) J.W. Guerson
  3. SQUADRON COMMANDER'S STATEMENT:
    1. Responsibility Mechanical Failure
    2. Action Taken Abortion considered legitimate - no action
      (Squadron C.O.'s Signature) Franklin A. Richardson
  4. GROUP S-3's [Operations] STATEMENT:
    1. Comments None
    2. Action Taken None
    3. Credit Mechanical
      (Operations Officer's Signature) Carl Hindle, Jr.
  5. To Group Commander for information and remarks.


Abortive Report
Aircraft No. N-592 Squadron - 511 - Lead Date - 20 Jan. 1945
  1. PILOT'S STATEMENT:
    1. Reason for abortive Flying Spare. No holes in formation, squadron or group.
    2. Place and altitude 51°25'N - 03°28'E 22,000 ft.
    3. Time 0935
    4. Position in formation Spare
    5. Disposition of bombs Returned.
    6. Remarks None
      (Pilot's Signature) James H. Gattens


Abortive Report
Aircraft No. G-862 Squadron - 510 - High Date - 20 Jan. 1945
  1. PILOT'S STATEMENT:
    1. Reason for abortive: Flying Spare and did not see any holes in formation.
    2. Place and altitude: 5 min. beyond Belgium coast at 25,000 ft.
    3. Time: 0940
    4. Position in formation: High Box, High Flight diamond
    5. Disposition of bombs: Brought back
    6. Remarks: None
      (Pilot's Signature) Robert W. Brooks, 2nd Lt.


“J” Form:
  1. Last Four numbers and Call Letter of A/C in each Squadron:
    a. 94th Combat Wing "A" Task Force   Lead Squadron - 351st Group
    Sqdn 508th A/C: (Z–8376 PFF),
    Sqdn 509th A/C: (B–7701 PFF), ,
    Sqdn 510th A/C: None
    Sqdn 511th A/C: A–8428, B–8691, C–8694, F–7705, H–8435, J–6579, M–8650, Q–8080, U–7216, X–6802, (N–8592 Spare)

    b. 94th Combat Wing "A" Task Force  Low Squadron - 351st Group
    Sqdn 508th A/C: None
    Sqdn 509th A/C: C–8640, F–6566, G–6078, M–7964, N–7169, O–7595, P–7843, Q–8116, R–6156, V–7854, Z–7696
    Sqdn 510th A/C:
    Sqdn 511th A/C: (Z–7687 PFF)

    c. 94th Combat Wing "A" Task Force  High Squadron - 351st Group
    Sqdn 508th A/C: G–8954
    Sqdn 509th A/C: (A–8358 PFF)
    Sqdn 510th A/C: B–6610, F–7124, H–8280, K–7252, L–7515, M–9001, N–7665, P–8038, S–7512, T–8461, (G–7862 Spare)
    Sqdn 511th A/C: None
  2. Target: GQ-1517
  3. W/T and R/T Operational Call Sign of each Squadron:
    Squadron508 [Call Sign]W/T JNT R/T CARLTONSquadron510 [Call Sign]W/T MPW R/T TIPSTAFF
    Squadron509 [Call Sign]W/T SYP R/T HOTMINTSquadron511 [Call Sign]W/T TYS R/T PARTNERSHIP
  4. Taxi – 0645; Take-Off – 0700; E.T.D. Field – 0700
  5. Time:Height:  Place of Crossing English Coast: (OUT)
    090920,000 Ft Clacton
  6. Time:Height:  Place of Crossing Enemy Coast: (IN)
    093425,000 Ft 51°22'N-03°26'E [Nieuwvliet, Netherlands]
  7. Time:Height:  Place of Crossing Enemy Coast: (Out)
    111425,000 Ft 52°37'N-04°37'E [Egmond aan Zee, Netherlands]
  8. Time:Height:  Place of Crossing English Coast: (IN)
    12106,000 Ft Cromer
  9. E.T.R.(Estimated Time of Return) Base: 1245 Hours
  10. MF/DF [Medium Frequency/Direction Finder] Section: "G"
  11. Bomb load of Each A/C: "A" Lead Box
    Lead Squadron: 10 x 500 G.P. - 1/10 x 1/40
    Low Squadron: 10 x 500 G.P. - 1/10 x 1/40
    High Squadron: 10 x 500 G.P. - 1/10 x 1/40
    ___ Squadron:
  12. Fuel Load of each A/C: 2500 Gallons
  13. Leaders:
    Lead Sqdn: Rank & Name: Major Roper A/C No & Sqdn. Z-8376 PFF (508)
    Low Sqdn: Rank & Name: Lt. Daugherty A/C No & Sqdn. z-7687 PFF (511)
    High Sqdn: Rank & Name:Lt. Dinning A/C No & Sqdn. A-8358 PFF (509)
  14. Passengers, if any: (Full Name, Rank, A/C and Squadron Passenger flying with)
    None

Report Compiled By D.W. Grasmehr, Sgt.



Formation Chart:
94th "A" Task Force - Lead Squadron Formation at Take–Off
511th Squadron
Maj. Roper–Capt. Pryor
A/C 44-8376 Z PFF
Kasper
A/C 43-38080 Q
Anderson P.G.
A/C 42-97701 B PFF
Johnson, H.C.
A/C 43-38694 C
Lambert–Maish
A/C 43-38691 B
Drought
A/C 43-37705 F
Sandel
A/C 43-38650 M
Butler
A/C 43-38428 A
Mahnke
A/C 44-6802 X
Fox
A/C 44-6579 J
Gattens
A/C 43-38592 N Spare
Hansen
A/C 42-97216 U
Patterson
A/C 43-38435 H

Flying Spare returned as planned.

94th "A" Task Force - High Squadron Formation at Take–Off
510th Squadron
Dinning
A/C 44-8358 A PFF
Adams
A/C 42-38038 P
Cramer
A/C 43-39001 M
Hickel
A/C 44-6610 B
Gottschalk
A/C 43-38461 T
Carle
A/C 42-107124 F
Oakes
A/C 42-97252 K
Wilcox
A/C 43-37512 S
Gonske
A/C 43-37515 L
Rossen
A/C 43-38954 G
Brooks
A/C 43-37862 G Spare
Blaney
A/C 43-37665 N
Lawson
A/C 44-8280 H

Flying Spare returned as planned.

94th "A" Task Force - Low Squadron Formation at Take–Off
509th Squadron
Daugherty
A/C 42-97687 Z PFF
Hammond
A/C 43-37696 Z
Crews
A/C 43-38116 Q
Goldsborough
A/C 44-6566 F
Johnson, E.G.
A/C 43-37595 O
Vergen
A/C 44-6156 R
Hammet
A/C 43-37854 V
Smith
A/C 43-37964 M
Claggett
A/C 43-38640 C
Whittaker
A/C 44-6078 G
Potter
A/C 42-97843 P
Wefel
A/C 42-97169 N


94th "A" Task Force - Low Squadron Formation Over–Target
509th Squadron
Daugherty
A/C 42-97687 Z PFF
Hammond
A/C 43-37696 Z
Crews
A/C 43-38116 Q
Goldsborough
A/C 44-6566 F
Claggett
A/C 43-38640 C
Vergen
A/C 44-6156 R
Hammet
A/C 43-37854 V
Smith
A/C 43-37964 M
Whittaker
A/C 44-6078 G
Potter
A/C 42-97843 P
Wefel
A/C 42-97169 N

Lt. Johnson aborted. Lt Claggett moved into Lt. Johnson's position. Lt. Smith moved into Lt. Claggett's position.

Time Schedule:
Zero Hour: 0900 BST [British Standard Time]  Briefing: 0330 Stations: 0625 Start Engines: 0635 Taxi: 0645 Take-Off: 0700  Leave Base: 0700 [Breakfast: Enlisted Men 0245; Officers 0315]

[Wounded On Mission: 0]
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