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- The Visual Primary and Micro-H target for today is: Fuel Depot, Dulmen near Munster [Germany]
- PFF Primary: Marshalling Yard at Munster [Germany]
- Visual Secondary: ____
- PFF Secondary: ____
- Last Resort: Any Military Objective over Bomb Line.
|Zero Hour:|| -|1000 1200 |Stations:|| - |0645 0845
|Start Engines:|| - |0655 0855 |Taxi:|| - |0715 0915
|Take Off:|| - |0730 0930 |Last Take Off:|| - |0850 1050
|Target Time:|| - ____ ||ETR [Estimated Time|
|Depart English Coast at:|| | 1002 |at Orfordness|
| Gasoline: ||2,500 Gallons|
| Bombs: ||All A/C: 12 x 500# G.P. [General Purpose] 1/10 x 1/40 [Fuses]|
Intervalometer Settings: Visual – Salvo. Instrument – 75 FT.
Chaff: Commence discharge of chaff at - 3 min. before I.P. [Initial Point of Bomb Run] & continue 13" [minutes].
Each A/C [Aircraft] will carry - 360 units.
Disposition of Forces:
3 Divisions will be dispatched. The 1st Air Division will depart England ____ preceded by ____ Division and followed by the ____ Division.
1st Division will dispatch _4_ CBW's of _2_ Groups each.
The order of attack in the 1st Division will be:
|2nd Division targets are||Rhein & Osnabruck|
|3rd Division targets are||Hamm|
Fighter Cover: __1__Gps. of - P-51's Plus 1 Group Area Support.
Buckeye Red Scouting Force - 4 P-51's.
Maypole One Screening Force - 3 Mosq. [Mosquito's]
Combat Wing Assembly Line: Lowestoft to Orfordness
|Lead at||18,000'||feet on|| Kings Cliffe ||Buncher||Red-Green||Flares|
|High at||19,000'||feet on||Kings Cliffe||Buncher||Green-Green||Flares|
|Low at||17,000'||feet on||Kings Cliffe||Buncher||Red-Red||Flares|
|401st at||18,000'||feet on||Cottesmore||Buncher||Red-Yellow||Flares|
|457th at||____||feet on||____||Buncher||____||Flares|
Division Assembly Line: Orfordness, 51°30’N-02°28’E, 51°45’N-03°47’E
_2_ minutes interval between Groups.
Reference altitude: 22,000'
|351st||Woodcraft B - Baker |
|401st||Woodcraft A - Able|
|1st Div. Air Commander||Major White|
|94th CBW Air Commander||Major White|
- Navigator - _____
- S-2 - _____
- Weather - _____
- Communications - _____
- Flying Control - _____
a. Type of Bombing Formation - Squadron
b. Bombardier and Navigator of the #3 A/C of each sqdn. report to Photo Lab.
c. Camera A/C C-694, O-277, T-461
return at 0300°E
d. Spares to turn back at 03°00 E
e. PFF A/C fly as Lead & Deputy of Lead Sq. & Lead of Hi & Low
f. GH A/C fly as ____
g. REMARKS: Open & Close doors [Bomb Bay Doors] over Channel
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Operational Narrative – 94th “C” CBW:
Date of Mission - 7 February, 1945.
- Target Attacked: None.
- Force: 94th “B” Group. Thirty-nine aircraft, including four PFF ships and three flying spares were dispatched.
- Position: The 94th "B" Group flew as second group in the Division Formation, its briefed position.
|Group Lead |
|Air Commander: ||Major Leonard B. Roper|
|Pilot:||Captain Duane S. Anderson|
|Navigator:||1st Lt. Milton J. Morrisette|
|Bombardier:||1st Lt. Jerald E. Traczewitz|
|Group Leader: ||1st Lt. Clifford T. Prior.|
|Pilot:||1st Lt. Walter H. Brooks.|
|Navigator:||2nd Lt. John E. Rowen.|
|Bombardier:||2nd Lt. Joseph Loiscono.|
|Group Leader: ||Captain Winfield F. Muffett|
|Pilot:||1st Lt. Robert S. Parnell|
|Navigator:||1st Lt. Irl A. Irwin|
|Bombardier:||1st Lt. Frank H. Reising|
Squadron and Group Assembly: The formation made its assembly over the King's Cliffe buncher, as planned. It was necessary, however, to assemble at 20,000 feet,
2,000 feet above the briefed altitude. While the 94th "B" Group was still circling the buncher, the 94th "A" Group (Division Lead) was seen departing from its assembly point.
The 94th "B" Group immediately got behind the 94th "A" Group and followed it over England.
Route Over England: The 94th "B" Group got into position behind the 94th "A" Group north of the King's Cliffe buncher. It followed the 94th "A" Group to a point
north of Donington across the Wash, and back to the briefed course at a point south of Great Yarmouth. Orfordness the departure point, was reached on time (1202), at an
altitude of 20,000 feet, 2,000 feet below the briefed height.
Division Assembly Line: Departure from the English coast was made on course and on time. The 94th "A" Group was followed in its attempts to avoid weather enroute.
This took the formation to the left of the briefed course and further divergency later took it to the Belgian coast rather than to the coast of Holland as planned. The
Division Leader was heard contacting the Weather Scouting Force over VHF. The Weather Scouting Force reported that it had flown at 24,000 feet and 30,000 feet and was still
using instruments. The Division Leader then gave the order to abandon the mission. The order was given at 1228, at 5110 - 0303 [6 miles SE of Ostend, Belgium].
Flight to Base: It was necessary for the formations to go to the north of the briefed course in the return flight to base. The English coast was crossed at the
departure point and a direct route to base was flown.
Weather Enroute: Three to five-tenths middle cloud at 10-12,000 feet was encountered over base at take-off.
On the route out, the middle cloud became solid with the top of it rising to the east. Along the East coast of England and in the West part of the channel, there were cirrus at 25-26,000 feet, thickening to the east and converging with the middle cloud. The formation ran into solid cloud at approximately 0210[E]-5145[N] while flying at 25,000 to 26,000 feet. It remained in cloud at that altitude until it reached the vicinity of Ostend, and also on the route to the north after the mission was abandoned. The main cloud top was just above 28,000 feet with four-six tenths thin cirrus above this at about 31,000 feet.
On the return route, the formation broke out of the solid cloud at about 26,000 feet and at 0300[E]-5230[N]. After breaking out of the solid cloud there was seven-nine tenths low and middle clouds below, breaking to four-five tenths along the Eastern coast of England, but becoming six-nine tenths inland. On the let-down over England there was three-four tenths at 10-12,000 feet and eight tenths low cloud at 3,000 feet with tops at 5,500 feet.
Base upon return was found to have six tenth low cloud at 3,000 feet with tops at 5-6,000 feet, and three tenths middle cloud at 10-12,000 feet. Nil High cloud.
Fighter Support: Not seen.
Comments: No enemy opposition was encountered. All aircraft returned to base. Two crews from the 457th Group flew with the formation, scheduled as flying spares.
Aircraft Not Attacking: All aircraft returned to base without attacking.
[Signed] Lewis J. Maginn, Captain, Air Corps, Ass’t. Operations Officer
STATISTICAL SUMMARY OF OPERATIONS
DIVISION FIELD ORDER NUMBER 623
|351st Bombardment Group|
|Lead Box||High Box||Low Box||TOTAL|
|No. of A/C Failing to Take Off||0||0||0||0|
|No. of A/C Airborne||13||13||13||39|
|No. of A/C Airborne Less Unused Spares||12||13||13||38|
|No. of A/C Sorties||0||0||0||0|
|No. of A/C Attacking||0||0||0||0|
|No. of A/C Not Attacking||12||13||13||38|
|Name of Primary Target||MISSION ABANDONED ON ORDER OF DIVISION LEADER|
|(A) No. of A/C Attacking Primary Target||12||12||12||36|
|(B) No., Size & Type Of Bombs|| 120 x 500# GP || 120 x 500# GP || 120 x 500# GP || 360 x 500# 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 - Total||0||0||0||0|
|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 Off||0925||0927||0929|
|Time of Attack||-||-||-|
|Average Time of Flight||4:49||4:52||5:02|
|Altitude of Release||-||-||-|
|Visual or PFF||-||-||-|
|Enemy Resistance – AA Intensity & Accuracy||NONE|
|Enemy Resistance – Fighter||0||0||0||0|
|Enemy Resistance – Bombers||0||0||0||0|
|U.S. A/C Engaged by Enemy Aircraft||0||0||0||0|
|Degree of Success||NO BOMBING|
PFF A/C were borrowed from Groups as follows: None
PFF A/C were loaned to Groups as follows: None
|PFF Aircraft OF|
351st Bomb Group
|44-8079||LEAD - HIGH|
|44-8455||LEAD - LOW|
Aircraft 43-38666 and 42-97216 were flown in the 94th "B" formation by crews of the 457th BG. Both were scheduled as flying spares and remained with the formation.
Mission Report for Mission of this Date.
No Bombs were dropped by this group on mission of this date.
The 12E Form and Bombardier's Narrative will not be submitted.
[Signed] Warren c. Steitz, Captain, Air Corps, Group Bombardier
Narrative Teletype Report:
- No leaflets were carried by this Group.
No bombs were dropped; mission recalled.
No E/A [Enemy Aircraft] were encountered and no claims [of enemy aircraft being shot down] are being submitted.
No flak was encountered.
Weather did not hinder assembly of our formation, but we encountered a heavy cloud front at approximately 0210 E. along the route. Tops of the front extended up to
approximately 30,000 feet, and the formation was forced to fly in clouds and persistent contrails until breaking out again upon return after a Division recall. Formation
turned back at approximately 5110 N - 0303 E at 1228 hrs.
Nil [No observations of Military importance.]
Up until the time of turn-back PFF equipment was working satisfactorily. The Scouting Force was heard to inform the Division Air Commander that they were flying at
24,000 feet and 30,000 feet and still using instruments. Fighter Support was not seen. Our a/c [aircraft] have all returned to this base.
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Mission Summary Report:
Abortives and Flying Spares:
Airplane No. 44-8280, 510th Squadron returned early. Pilot stated #1 prop ran away and could not be controlled, and manifold pressure dropped to zero. Investigation
revealed internal failure of #1 engine, nose section sheared.
- Airplane No. 44-6802, 511th Squadron, returned early as planned.
[Signed:] Otto R. Vasak, Major, Air Corps, Station S-4 [Engineering] Officer
Aircraft No. H-280 Squadron - 510 Date - 7 Feb. 1945
(Pilot's Signature) George C. Lawson Jr.
Reason for abortive Nose Bolts sheared on #1 loss of oil and runaway prop - engine feathered.
Place and altitude 23,000 Ft 52°35' - 01°43'
Position in formation #3 Low Element High Box
Disposition of bombs Returned
GROUP ENGINEERING OFFICER'S STATEMENT:
(Eng. Officer's Signature) ____
Cause (if mechanical) Engineering states Internal failure #1 Engine - (Engine Changed)
Type of abortive ____
Last Four numbers and Call Letter of A/C in each Squadron:
|a. 94th Combat Wing "B" Group Lead Squadron - 351st Group|
|Sqdn 508th A/C: A–8410,|
|Sqdn 509th A/C: (A–8358 PFF)|
|Sqdn 510th A/C: (X–8468 PFF). L–7515, M–9001|
Sqdn 511th A/C: A–8428, C–8694, F–7705, H–8435, J–6579, M–8650,N–8592,
|b. 94th Combat Wing "A" Group Low Squadron - 351st Group|
Sqdn 508th A/C: C–8753, D–8415, G–8954, J–7978, K–8130, M–7900, O–8277,
P–7258, Q–8799, Y–6108
|Sqdn 509th A/C: None|
|Sqdn 510th A/C: G–7862|
|Sqdn 511th A/C: (U–7216 Spare) (O–8455 PFF)|
|c. 94th Combat Wing "A" Group High Squadron - 351st Group|
|Sqdn 508th A/C: |
|Sqdn 509th A/C: F–6566, N–7169, P–7843, Q–8116, R–6156, Z–7696, (T–8666 Spare)|
|Sqdn 510th A/C: (Y–8079 PFF), A–8465, B–6610, H–8280, K–7252, T–8461|
|Sqdn 511th A/C: None|
- Target: GQ-2022
W/T and R/T Operational Call Sign of each Squadron:
|Squadron||508 [Call Sign]||W/T KHU R/T CARLTON||Squadron||510 [Call Sign]||W/T KVJ R/T TIPSTAFF|
|Squadron||509 [Call Sign]||W/T UQB R/T HOTMINT||Squadron||511 [Call Sign]||W/T WKL R/T PARTNERSHIP|
0715 0915; Take-Off – 0730 0930; E.T.D. Field – 0730 0930
|Time:||Height: ||Place of Crossing English Coast: (OUT)|
1002 1202 |22,000 Ft ||Oxfordness|
|Time:||Height: ||Place of Crossing Enemy Coast: (IN)|
1028 1228 |26,000 Ft ||51°45'N-03°47'E [Renesse, Netherlands]|
|Time:||Height: ||Place of Crossing Enemy Coast: (Out)|
1201 1401 |26,000 Ft ||52°42'N-04°38'E [Hargen aan Zee, Netherlands]|
|Time:||Height: ||Place of Crossing English Coast: (IN)|
1254 1454 |5,000 Ft ||Cromer|
- E.T.R.(Estimated Time of Return) Base:
1335 1535 Hours
- MF/DF [Medium Frequency/Direction Finder] Section: "G" - "H"
Bomb load of Each A/C: "A" Lead Box
Lead Squadron: 12 x 500 G.P. - 1/10 x 1/40
Low Squadron: 12 x 500 G.P. - 1/10 x 1/40
High Squadron: 12 x 500 G.P. - 1/10 x 1/40
Fuel Load of each A/C: 2500 Gallons
Lead Sqdn: Rank & Name: Maj. Roper A/C No & Sqdn. A-8358 PFF (509)
Low Sqdn: Rank & Name: Capt. Muffett A/C No & Sqdn. O-8455 (511)
High Sqdn: Rank & Name: Lt. Knight A/C No & Sqdn. V-8079 (510)
Passengers, if any: (Full Name, Rank, A/C and Squadron Passenger flying with)
Report Compiled By I.C. Muesing, S/Sgt.
|94th "B" Combat Group - Lead Squadron Formation at Take–Off|
Roper–D.S. AndersonA/C 44-8358 A PFF
PattersonA/C 44-8410 A
P.G. AndersonA/C 44-8468 X PFF
MaishA/C 43-38435 H
KasperA/C 43-39001 M
LubozynskiA/C 43-37515 L
GonskeA/C 43-37705 F
SandelA/C 44-6579 J
RiceA/C 43-38592 N
TaylorA/C 43-38428 A
GattensA/C 44-6802 X Spare
HaskinsA/C 43-38650 M
HornsA/C 43-38694 C
|94th "B" Combat Group - High Squadron Formation at Take–Off|
Knight–HammondA/C 44-8079 V PFF
NowakowskiA/C 42-97169 N
CrewsA/C 43-38116 Q
ForemanA/C 44-6610 B
WhittakerA/C 44-6566 F
LawsonA/C 44-8280 H
QuinnA/C 42-97843 P
PotterA/C 43-37696 Z
HammetA/C 44-6156 R
SmithA/C 42-97252 K
ConstaniasA/C 43-38666 T Spare
BlaneyA/C 43-38465 A
KirklandA/C 43-38461 T
Lt Lawson aborted mission. His position was filled by Constanias, the flying spare.
|94th "B" Combat Group - Low Squadron Formation at Take–Off|
MuffettA/C 44-8455 O PFF
WieseA/C 43-37900 M
GlaizerA/C 43-38405 D
MurrayA/C 43-38130 K
TurnerA/C 44-6108 Y
DunnA/C 43-38753 C
ReboA/C 43-38799 Q
HansenA/C 43-37978 J
KihmA/C 42-97258 P
BrooksA/C 43-37862 G
GrossA/C 42-97216 U Spare
ButtelA/C 43-38954 G
LambA/C 43-38277 O
1200 BST [British Standard Time] Briefing:
Enlisted Men 0400; Officers 0430 Stations:
0845 Start Engines:
Enlisted Men 0300; Officers 0330]
[Wounded On Mission:
The above records were obtained at the National Archives Records Administration and have been
declassified by authority NND 745005