351st Bomb Group

Polebrook, England

Group Mission #270

Credited Mission #262

 
DATE: 10 Feb. 1945
Target: Wesel, Germany
 
BRIEFING OUTLINE
BRIEFING OFFICER: (IMPORTANT): READ SPECIAL BRIEFING POOP

    1. TARGETS: 
    2. Visual Primary and GH target for today is: Wesel [Germany] (Visual Only)
    3. PFF Primary: 
    4. Visual MH [Micro-H] Secondary: Dulman [Germany]
    5. PFF Secondary: Munster [Germany]
    6. Last Resort: Munster [Germany]

  1. TIMINGS:
    Zero Hour: - 1200Stations: - Screen Force - 0540,
    - "A" Group  - 0600
    Start Engines: - Screen Force - 0550,
    - "A" Group  - 0610
    Taxi: - Screen Force - 0610,
    - "A"  - Group 0630
    Take Off: - Screen Force - 0625,
    - "A" Group  - 0645
    Last Take Off: - Screen Force - 0920,
    - "A"  - Group 0930
    Target Time: - 1003ETR [Estimated
    Time of Return]: 

    - Screen Force - 1226,
    - "A" Group  - 1236
    Depart English Coast at:  - Screen Force - 0857,
    - "A" Group  - 0910
    at Felixstowe

  2. LOADINGS:
     Gasoline:2,500 Gallons
     Bombs:All A/C: 6 x 1000 G.P. [General Purpose] 1/10 Nose x Non Delay Tail [Fuses]

  3. Intervalometer Settings: Visual – Salvo. Micro-H. – 100 FT.

  4. Chaff: Commence discharge of chaff at - while crossing the area 0600E to 0720E.
      Each A/C [Aircraft] will carry - 288 units.
      (Screening Force - Drop chaff 5116-0605E to 5153-0624)

  5. Disposition of Forces:

    3 Divisions will be dispatched. The 1st Air Division will depart England 0910 preceded followed by 2[nd] Division and followed by the 3[rd] Division.
    1st Division will dispatch 4 CBW's of 3 Groups each.
    The order of attack in the 1st Division will be: Screening Force & "A" Force.
    "A" ForceLead40th CAttackingWesel
    2nd94th AAttackingWesel
    3rd94th BAttackingWesel
    4th94th CAttackingWesel
    "B" Force5th1st AAttackingKassel
    2nd Division targets areBilelefeld
    3rd Division targets areMisburg

  6. Fighter Cover: _1_ Gps. of P-51 - for Screening Force - Call Sign - Balance 1-0, for Woodcraft Able - Balance 1-2.

  7. Assembly:
    Screening Force at23,000'feet on Kings Cliffe BuncherYellow-YellowFlares
    Lead at21,000'feet on Kings Cliffe BuncherRed-GreenFlares
    High at22,000'feet onKings CliffeBuncherGreen-GreenFlares
    Low at20,000'feet onKings CliffeBuncherRed-RedFlares
    401st at21,000'feet onCottesmoreBuncherRed-YellowFlares
    457th at21,000'feet onGlattonBuncherRed-YellowFlares

    Combat Wing Assembly Line:  Wells - Bungay - Felixstowe
    Division Assembly Line: Felixstowe to Continental Coast
    _2_ minutes interval between Groups.
    Reference altitude: 22,000'

  8. Call Signs:
    351stWoodcraft Able
    401stWoodcraft Charlie
    457thWoodcraft Baker
    Screening ForceWoodcraft Dog
    1st Div. Air Commander"A" Force - Col. Sutton Call Sign - Foxhole Charlie Lead
    94th CBW Air CommanderLt. Col. Stewart

  9. Navigator - _____

  10. S-2 - _____

  11. Weather - _____

  12. Communications - _____

  13. Flying Control - _____

  14. Special Instructions:
     a. Type of Bombing Formation - Normal
     b. Bombardier and Navigator of the #3 A/C of each sqdn. report to Photo Lab.
     c. Camera A/C   J-978, A-428, L-515
      return at   continental coast out [bound]
     d. Spares to turn back at 04°00' East.
     e. PFF A/C fly as Deputy Group Lead
     f. MH A/C fly as Lead of each squadron
     g. REMARKS:  Open and Close Bomb Bay Doors over channel
      Bombardiers to be cautioned not to Drop Short.

      BRIEFING OFFICER: HAVE YOU READ SPECIAL BRIEFING POOP??


Operational Narrative – 94th “C” CBW:
  1. Date of Mission - 10 February, 1945.
    1. Target Attacked: The secondary target at Dulmen, Germany, was attacked by Micro-H methods.
    2. Force: Thirty-nine aircraft, including five PFF ships and three flying spares, were dispatched.
    3. Position: The 94th "A" Group flew as the second group in the "A" Task Force of the First Division.
    4. Lead Teams
      Wing Lead
      Air Commander: Lt Col. James T. Stewart
      Pilot:Captain Evan A. Poston
      Navigator:1st Lt. John C. Talbott
      Bombardier:1st Lt. George H. Plaut

      High Squadron
      Leader: Captain Frank H. Wilcox
      Pilot:1st Lt. Robert L. Cutler
      Navigator:1st Lt. William H. Tabb
      Bombardier:2nd Lt. Malcolm S. Burr

      Low Squadron
      Leader: 1st Lt. Charles E. Daugherty
      Pilot:2nd Lt. Lt. Adolph A. Nowakowski
      Navigator:1st Lt. Elver F. Huntley
      Bombardier:1st Lt. Donald H. Stump
  2. Narrative.
    1.  Squadron and Group Assembly: The take-off time of the mission had been delayed by three hours by orders of higher headquarters. The order to start engines, due to some delay in the relaying of the necessary information, did not arrive on time. As a result, the lead aircraft took off at 1008, approximately 23 minutes late. The lead aircraft stayed at the buncher as long as possible to form the group. It was largely formed before the departure was made. The 94th "B" and "C" Groups left their respective bunchers before the 94th "A" did. The Combat Wing Air Commander informed both of these groups when he was leaving the buncher and the heading being taken to Control Point #1. Both groups soon got in trail and followed him to the departure point from the English coast.
    2.  Route Over England: Departure from the assembly point (King's Cliffe buncher) was made at the briefed altitude of 21,000 feet. The briefed route could not be followed due to lack of time. A heading was taken towards the departure point from the English coast. The briefed departure point, Felixstowe, was passed to the north three minutes late (1210) at an altitude of 25,000 feet, 1,000 feet below the briefed altitude.
    3.  Division Assembly Line: Departure from the English coast was made to the north in following the preceding group (Foxhole Charlie), until the briefed point of entry at the Dutch coast was reached. A larger interval than there should have been was maintained over the channel. Foxhole Charlie had departed from the English coast ahead of the 94th "A" and was higher, thus gaining distance. The coast of Holland was reached at the briefed point at an altitude of 26,000 feet.
    4.  Flight to Target: Just inside of the Dutch coast, Buckeye Red was contacted. He reported that the primary target was overcast but might clear in thirty minutes. The decision was made for all of the "A" Task Force to attempt to waste that much time in hopes of a visual mission. Five large 360° turns were made between the coast and 0500°E. After the prescribed thirty minutes were up, Buckeye Red reported that another thirty minutes would be necessary in order for the target to clear. The high cloud had passed over, but the target was at that time still completely overcast by low cloud. The formation climbed while doing the 360° turns to 28,000 feet. After the second report from Buckeye Red, Foxhole Charlie reported that he would make a run on the primary target in the hopes of finding it visual, and if not would go ahead and attack the secondary target. The 94th "A" Group decided to do likewise. The primary target was found to be completely covered. The point used as an IP [Initial Point of Bomb Run] was slightly south of the briefed point and was reached 47 minutes late (1338) at an altitude of 28,000 feet, 2,000 feet above the briefed height.
    5.  Description of Bombing Run: The Secondary target was attacked by Micro-H methods. The 94th "A" Group bombed in group formation. Both the High and Low Squadrons dropped on the smoke markers of the Lead Squadron. The High Squadron dropped its bombs on the Lead Squadron because one beacon faded out on the bomb run. The Low Squadron dropped its bombs on the Lead Squadron due to a Flux-gate-compass failure.
       The target was found to be completely overcast. No other difficulties were encountered. The C-1 Pilot [Autopilot] functioned satisfactorily.
    6.  Flight From Target: After bombing, the formation followed the briefed course with little variance. Departure from the Dutch coast was made at the briefed point at an altitude of 21,500 feet. The briefed route was followed for the first part of the flight across the channel, but as Buckeye Red had recommended returning low and weather was observed on the briefed route, the formation went to the south of the briefed course, made two 360° turns to let-down, and crossed the English coast south of Great Yarmouth at an altitude of 2,500 feet. From there a direct route was flown to base. The High and Low Squadrons went to their respective stand-off positions before Landing.
    7.  Fighter Support: As briefed.
    8.  Comments: No aircraft were lost. No enemy aircraft were encountered. There was no flak at the target. The Scouting Force was contacted and furnished adequate weather information.
    9.  Aircraft Not Attacking: Six aircraft returned early. One flying spare returned early as planned.

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


Operations Narrative:
  1. Date of Mission - 10 February, 1945.
    1. Target Attacked: None. Screening Force.
    2. Force: Six aircraft were scheduled to fly as the Screening Force for the "A" Task Force of the First Division.
    3. Position: The Screening Force was scheduled to precede the "A" Task Force Leader by fifteen minutes. It flew in its briefed position ahead of the "A" Task Force, although the briefed interval was not continually maintained.
    4. Lead Team
      Screening Force
      Leader: Captain Benjamin F. Nay
      Pilot:Captain Jay H. Maish
      Navigator:1st Lt. Frank D. Fuller
      Bombardier:2nd Lt. Wayne A. Grundish

  2. Narrative:
    1. Squadron and Group Assembly: The assembly was carried out without difficulty at the King's Cliffe buncher at an altitude of 23,000 feet, the briefed height.
    2. Route Over England: The briefed route was closely followed on the flight over England. Due to a wind shift, however, the briefed departure point from the English coast, Felixstowe, was reached 8 minutes late (1225). The altitude at that point was 25,500 feet, 500 feet below the briefed altitude.
    3. Division Assembly Line: The briefed route was closely followed in crossing the channel. The briefed point at the Dutch coast was crossed at an altitude of 25,500 feet.
    4. Flight to Target: The formation made 360° turns while waiting for the attacking force to make its run on the target. Foxhole Charlie did not inform the Screening Force, as requested, when the run on the target was started. The Screening Force at first paralleled the Foxhole Charlie on its route, and in following its briefed route, later flew across Foxhole Charlie's course and behind him.
    5. Release of Chaff: The release of chaff was started at the briefed point (5116-0605) and continued along the briefed route for the Screening Force until 5220-0707 was reached.
    6. Flight from Target: The briefed route was followed closely on the withdrawal. The Dutch coast was crossed at an altitude of 20,000 feet 40 minutes late (1427). It was necessary to deviate from the briefed course off of the coast of England in order to avoid weather, but the English coast was crossed at Cromer, the briefed point, at an altitude of 2,600 feet. From that point the briefed route was closely followed to base and landings were carried out without difficulty. A normal let-down procedure had been followed.
    7. Fighter Support: As briefed.
    8. Comments: No aircraft were lost. No enemy aircraft were encountered. Flak was observed in the vicinity of Zwolle on the withdrawal.
    9. Aircraft Not Attacking: There were no failures to attack.

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


STATISTICAL SUMMARY OF OPERATIONS
DIVISION FIELD ORDER NUMBER 626
351st Bombardmant Group
Lead BoxHigh BoxLow BoxScreening
Force
TOTAL
No. of A/C Failing to Take Off0000
No. of A/C Airborne131313645
No. of A/C Airborne Less Unused Spares131213644
No. of A/C Sorties101111638
No. of A/C Attacking101111638
No. of A/C Not Attacking31206
Name of Primary Target
(A) No. of A/C Attacking Primary Target6 Screening6
(B) No., Size & Type Of Bombs188 Ctns. Chaff188 Ctns. Chaff
Name of Secondary TargetDULMEN, GERMANY
(A) No. of A/C Attacking Secondary Target101111 - 32
(B) No., Size & Type Of Bombs 58 x 1000# GP  66 x 1000# GP  66 x 1000# GP  -  190 x 1000# 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 - Total00000
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 Off1007100810100952
Time of Attack1358135813581336 to 1355
Average Time of Flight6:206:246:266:05
Altitude of Release26,500’27,100’26,50’26,500'
Visual or PFFMHMHMHPFF
Enemy Resistance – AA Intensity & AccuracyNONE ENCOUNTERED
Enemy Resistance – Fighter0000
Enemy Resistance – Bombers0000
U.S. A/C Engaged by Enemy Aircraft0000
Degree of SuccessRESULTS UNOBSERVED

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

PFF Aircraft of
351st Group
[POSITION]
44-8374Deputy Lead
44-8376Lead
42-97687Lead - High
44-8358Deputy - Low
44-8045Lead - Low










Lead Bombardier’s Narrative:
Date - 10 Feb., 1945
Field Order # 626
Squadron or Group - Lead Sqdn., 94th CBW "A" Group
Target - Dulmen, Germany (Oil Storage)
  1. Type of Bombing (Visual, PFF or Combined)?  Micro H.
  2. Did Squadron perform own sighting operation, bomb on smoke marker, or was bombing done in Group Formation? Bombing was in Group Formation; Low dropped at 1358 on M.H. of 089°, High dropped at 1358 on M.H. of 065°.
  3. Was turn made at briefed I.P.? Yes
  4. Cloud coverage and visibility. 10/10 Cloud Cover
  5. If Visual, when was MPI identified? If not actually seen, how was it located? Micro H.
  6. Any Interference on Bomb Run? None
  7. Did C-1 [Autopilot] function satisfactory? Yes, but it was not used due to the Micro H run.
  8. Any other factors affecting accuracy? None
  [Signed] George Plaut, 1st Lt., Air Corps, Lead Bombardier

Combat Bombing Flight Record:

I certify that this 12E Form is complete and accurate.
[Signed] Warren C. Steitz, Captain, Air Corps, Group Bombardier.

Lead Squadron, 94th CBW "A" Group, Field Order #626 Bombardier - 1st Lt. Plaut, George H.
Pilot - Lt. Col. Stewart, J.T. & Capt. Poston, E.A.
Navigator - 1st Lt. Talbott, John C.

Aircraft B-17G   Z-376  Take-off - 1008 Landed - 1630
Objective - Dulmen, Germany (Oil Storage)
Aiming Point (MPI) [Mean Point of Impact] - As Briefed (Micro H.)
Initial Point - As Briefed
Method of Attack - Group
No. of Attacking A/C in Group: - 36   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 - 6 x 1000 Lb. AN-M44 G.P.[General Purpose] & Markers
Number of Bombs Loaded - As Above   Released - Same
Fusing, Nose - 1/10   Tail - Instantaneous
Synchronization - On

Information at Release Point:

Altitude of Target - 80'Magnetic Heading Ordered 079° Actual 047°
True Altitude Above Target - 26,500True Heading 040°
Indicated Altitude - 28,000Drift, Estimated 7° Left - Actual 4° Left
Pressure Altitude of Target +334True Track 037°
Altimeter Setting 29.92Actual Range 16,410'
Calculated Indicated Air Speed - 150KBomb Sight Type - Norden M-9
True Air Speed - 232KTime of Release 1358 Hours
Ground Speed Est. 290 Actual 265Length of Bombing Run - 35 Miles
Wind Direction Metro - 230° Actual - 182°Intervalometer Setting - 100 feet
Wind Velocity Metro 66K Actual 30K C-1 Pilot [Autopilot] - No/td>
D.S. - 124.35  Trail - 45.5   ATF - 42.5A-5 Pilot - No
Tan. D.A, Est. .66 Actual .66 Manual Pilot - Yes]

Type of Release - Train 100'
Point of Impact If Seen - Unobserved (Micro H.)
Mean Temp. Metro -22.5 Actual -22.5
Winds - Altitude - 28,000 Ft.  Direction - Metro 230°  Actual 182°  Velocity - Metro 66  Actual 30
Temp C. - Metro -50° C. Actual -50° C.



Narrative Teletype Report:
  1. No leaflets were carried by this Group.
  2. The three squadrons of this group formed the 94th. A Combat Wing and bombed by Micro-H methods the fuel depot at Dulmen, Germany. The High squadron dropped their bombs on the smoke marker of the Lead Squadron because one beacon faded out on the bomb run. The Low squadron dropped their bombs on the smoke markers of the Lead squadron due to a Flux-gate compass failure. 10/10ths clouds prevented photo coverage, but it is estimated through a Gee fix, by Mickey [Radar] operators, that bombs fell one (1) mile NW of target, the secondary target for today.
  3. No E/A [Enemy Aircraft] were encountered and no claims [of enemy aircraft being shot down] are being submitted.
  4. There was no flak at the target. Moderate flak was observed far ahead and to the left of our formation in the vicinity of Wesel and the northern Ruhr area. The Screening Force observed flak in the vicinity of Zwolle on the way out.
  5. 10/10ths cloud coverage was encountered on the route in with high clouds up to a height of 28,000 feet. There was also 10/10ths in the target area.
  6. There were no observations of military importance.
  7. The Lead Squadron bombed by Micro-H methods, and the Low and High Squadrons, because of Micro-H failure, was forced to drop on the smoke markers of the Lead. The Screening Force dropped 188 cartons of chaff from 1335 to 1406 at an altitude of from 28,000 to 30,500 feet beginning at 5145 0600 and stopping at 5220 0654. Fighter support was as briefed. The Scouting Force was contacted and it furnished adequate weather information. Our a/c [aircraft] F-124, landed at Framlingham [England] due to mechanical difficulties. None of our a/c is missing.


Track Chart:
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Combat Crew Comments:

    508th Squadron:
A/C 956-L: Very good lead. - Entire Crew.

    509th Squadron:
A/C 854-V: Poor lead in low squadron - took formation through bad prop wash just before bombs away and as a result the
      formation was very poor at bombs away. - Lts. Hammett and Wick.
A/C 640-C: Navigators should be dismissed after weather briefing. - Lt. Rymer.

    510th Squadron:
A/C 665-N: Formation was very poor; when we bombed we were fully two miles behind the rest of the formation. - Lt. Blaney.

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


Mission Summary Report:
  1. Abortives and Flying Spares:
    1. Airplane No. 42-97349, (Spare) 508th Squadron, returned early. Pilot stated #1 engine failed. Investigation revealed a blown #9 cylinder on #1 engine.
    2. Airplane No. 42-97258, (Lead) 508th Squadron, returned early. Pilot stated #3 engine had an oil leak. Investigation revealed internal failure of #1 engine, main bearing.
    3. Airplane No. 43-37978, (Lead) 508th Squadron, returned early. Aircraft landed at Woodbridge with #1 engine out according to the Pilot's statement. Investigation will be made and reported as soon as possible.
    4. Airplane No. 43-37515, (Low) 510th Squadron, returned early. Pilot stated #4 engine had failed. Investigation revealed internal failure of #4 engine, main bearing.
    5. Airplane No. 43-107124, (High) 510th Squadron, returned early. Aircraft landed at Framlingham with #2 and #3 engines out, according to the Pilot's statement. Investigation will be made and reported as soon as possible.
    6. Airplane No. 43-37705, (Lead) 511th Squadron, returned early. Pilot stated #1 engine had failed. Investigation revealed internal failure of #1 engine, main bearing.
    7. Airplane No. 44-6579, (Low) 511th Squadron, returned early. Pilot stated he could not maintain enough airspeed to climb or stay in formation. Investigation revealed that carburetor air filters were left on by ground crew and had not been checked by Pilot.
  [Signed:] John W. Freeman, Captain, Air Corps, Group Engineering Officer


Abortive Report
Aircraft No. T-37705 Squadron - 511 - Lead  Date - 10 Feb. 1945
  1. PILOT'S STATEMENT:
    1. Reason for abortive Internal Engine failure #1 would not feather. Unable to maintain formation on 3 Eng.
    2. Place and altitude French Coast 26,000 Ft.
    3. Time 1247
    4. Position in formation #2 Low element of Low Sec of Lead Squadron
    5. Disposition of bombs Returned
    6. Remarks None
      (Pilot's Signature) [No Signature]


Abortive Report
Aircraft No. J-579 Squadron - 511th  Date - 10 Feb. 1945
  1. PILOT'S STATEMENT:
    1. Reason for abortive Could not maintain enough airspeed to climb or stay in formation.
    2. Place and altitude 4°50'East - 51°30'North 26,500 ft.
    3. Time 1349
    4. Position in formation #3 Low Low of Low Squadron
    5. Disposition of bombs Landed with 6-1000 pound bombs
    6. Remarks Failed to check Carb [Carburetor] Air Filters
      (Pilot's Signature) [No Signature]


Abortive Report
Aircraft No. B-42-97349 Squadron - 508  Date - 10 Feb. 1945
  1. PILOT'S STATEMENT:
    1. Reason for abortive: No. #1 engine blew a cylinder
    2. Place and altitude: Over K.C. [Kings Cliffe] at 16,000 ft.
    3. Time: 1105
    4. Position in formation: Not in formation
    5. Disposition of bombs: brought bombs back
    6. Remarks: None
      (Pilot's Signature) Joseph D. Rebo


Abortive Report
Aircraft No. F 42-107124 Squadron - 510th High  Date - 10 Feb. 1945
  1. PILOT'S STATEMENT:
    1. Reason for abortive #2 Engine Failure - Supposition - Broken Crankshaft
    2. Place and altitude 51°30'North-5°20'East -  27,000 ft.
    3. Time 1251
    4. Position in formation #3 - High element - High Sqdn
    5. Disposition of bombs 52°45'N - 3°25'E
    6. Remarks 6 - 1000 lb Salvo
      (Pilot's Signature) Robert Bowen


Abortive Report
Aircraft No. 37515-L Squadron - 510 - High  Date - 10 Feb. 1945
  1. PILOT'S STATEMENT:
    1. Reason for abortive Internal Failure #4 Engine
    2. Place and altitude 52°40' - 03°40'  19,000 ft.
    3. Time 1239
    4. Position in formation #3 Low, Low, High Sqdn
    5. Disposition of bombs Salvo in "B"
    6. Remarks Prop would not feather and windmilled all the way back.
      (Pilot's Signature) Geo. G. Lawson Jr 1st Lt. AC


Abortive Report
Aircraft No. P-258 Squadron - 508  Date - 10 Feb. 1945
  1. PILOT'S STATEMENT:
    1. Reason for abortive: #3 Internal Engine failure
    2. Place and altitude: Buncher Beacon - 17,000
    3. Time: 1103
    4. Position in formation: #1 Low Low - Lead Sqdn
    5. Disposition of bombs: BB [Brought Back]
    6. Remarks: 
      (Pilot's Signature) Henry F Kale


“J” Form:
  1. Last Four numbers and Call Letter of A/C in each Squadron:
    a. 94th Combat Wing "A" Group   Lead Squadron - 351st Group
    Sqdn 508th A/C: , A–8410, C–8753, J–7978, K–8130, L–7956, M–7900, O–8277, P–7258, Q–8799
    Sqdn 509th A/C: None
    Sqdn 510th A/C: None
    Sqdn 511th A/C: (F–7705 Spare), (O–8455 PFF)

    b. 94th Combat Wing "A" Group   Low Squadron - 351st Group
    Sqdn 508th A/C: None
    Sqdn 509th A/C: (A–8358 PFF), C–8640, F–6566, L–2955, M–7964, P–7843, T–8666, V–7854, Z–7696,
    Sqdn 510th A/C: None
    Sqdn 511th A/C: (L–8045 PFF), A–8428, J–6579

    c. 94th Combat Wing "A" Group   High Squadron - 351st Group
    Sqdn 508th A/C: (B–7349 Spare),
    Sqdn 509th A/C:
    Sqdn 510th A/C: A–8465, B–6610, F–7124, K–7252, L–7515, M–9001, N–7665, P–8038, S–7512, T–8461
    Sqdn 511th A/C: (Z–7687 PFF), D–6082
    c. 94th Combat Wing "A" Group   Screening Force - 351st Group
    Sqdn 508th A/C: None
    Sqdn 509th A/C: N–7169
    Sqdn 510th A/C: (Z–8079 PFF), (X–8468 PFF),
    Sqdn 511th A/C: H–8435, N–8592, X–6802
  2. Target: 5106 E/D/7
  3. W/T and R/T Operational Call Sign of each Squadron:
    Squadron508 [Call Sign]W/T ULZ R/T CARLTONSquadron510 [Call Sign]W/T TPZ R/T TIPSTAFF
    Squadron509 [Call Sign]W/T JPQ R/T HOTMINTSquadron511 [Call Sign]W/T MQK R/T PARTNERSHIP
  4. Taxi – 0630 0930; Take-Off – 0645 0945; E.T.D. Field – 0645 0945
    Screening Force - Taxi – 0610 0910; Take-Off – 0625 0925; E.T.D. Field – 0625 0925
  5. Time:Height:Place of Crossing English Coast: (OUT)
    0910 121026,000ftFelixstowe
    Screening Force0857 115726,000ftFelixstowe
  6. Time:Height:Place of Crossing Enemy Coast: (IN)
    0939 123926,000ft51°40'N-03°40'E
    Screening Force0926 122626,000ft51°40'N-03°40'E
  7. Time:Height:Place of Crossing Enemy Coast: (Out)
    1059 135922,000ft52°40'N-04°37'E
    Screening Force1047 134722,000ft52°40'N-04°37'E
  8. Time:Height:Place of Crossing English Coast: (IN)
    1155 14555,000ftCromer
    Screening Force1143 14435,000ftCromer
  9. E.T.R.(Estimated Time of Return) Base: 1246 1536 Hours
  10. Screening Force E.T.R.(Estimated Time of Return) Base: 1224 1524 Hours
  11. MF/DF [Medium Frequency/Direction Finder] Section: "H"
  12. Bomb load of Each A/C: "A" Lead Box
    Lead Squadron: 6 x 1000 G.P. - 1/10 x Non Delay
    Low Squadron: 6 x 1000 G.P. - 1/10 x Non Delay
    High Squadron: 6 x 1000 G.P. - 1/10 x Non Delay
    Screening Force: 4 - 50 Cartons Chaff
  13. Fuel Load of each A/C: 2500 Gallons
  14. Leaders:
    Lead Sqdn: Rank & Name: Lt. Col. J.T. Stewart A/C No & Sqdn. Z-8376 PFF (508)
    Low Sqdn: Rank & Name: Lt. Daugherty A/C No & Sqdn. L-8045 PFF (511)
    High Sqdn: Rank & Name: 1st Lt. Cutler A/C No & Sqdn. Z-7687 PFF (511)
    Screening Force: Rank & Name: Capt Nay A/C No & Sqdn. X-8468 PFF (510)
  15. Passengers, if any: (Full Name, Rank, A/C and Squadron Passenger flying with)
    Thomas B. Richards, 0-471104, Capt. Q-8799 508th

Report Compiled By _____



Formation Chart:
94th "A" Group - Lead Squadron Formation at Take–Off
508th Squadron
Stewart–Poston
A/C 44-8376 Z PFF
Wiese
A/C 43-37900 M
Muffett
A/C 44-8374 U
Sullivan
A/C 43-38799 Q
Lowery
A/C 43-38130 K
Sugg
A/C 44-8410 A
Buttel
A/C 42-38954 G
Ash
A/C 43-37956 L
Wisdom
A/C 43-38753 C
Kale
A/C 42-97258 P
Berkenpas
A/C 43-37705 F Spare
Hansen
A/C 43-38405 D
Dunn
A/C 43-37978 J


94th "A" Group - Lead Squadron Formation Over–Target
508th Squadron
Stewart–Poston
A/C 44-8376 Z PFF
Wiese
A/C 43-37900 M
Muffett
A/C 44-8374 U
Sullivan
A/C 43-38799 Q
Ash
A/C 43-37956 L
Sugg
A/C 44-8410 A
Buttel
A/C 42-38954 G
Wisdom
A/C 43-38753 C
Hansen
A/C 43-38405 D
Lowery
A/C 43-38130 K

[Lt Kale aborted - his position was filled by Lt Hansen.]
[Lt Dunn aborted.]
[Lt Lowery filled Lt. Hansen's position and Lt Ash filled Lt Lowery's position.]
[Lt Berkenpas the Flying Spare returned as planned.]


94th "A" Group - High Squadron Formation at Take–Off
510th Squadron
Cutler–Wilcox
A/C 42-97687 Z PFF
Haskins
A/C 43-37512 S
Hickel
A/C 43-39001 M
Gottschalk
A/C 44-6610 B
Brooks
A/C 44-6082 D
Adams
A/C 42-97252 K
Blaney–Peterson
A/C 43-37665 N
Bowen
A/C 42-107124 F
Gonske
A/C 43-38465 A
Turner
A/C 42-38038 P
Rebo
A/C 42-97349 B Spare
Lawson
A/C 43-37515 L
Kirkland
A/C 43-38461 T


94th "A" Group - High Squadron Formation Over–Target
510th Squadron
Cutler–Wilcox
A/C 42-97687 Z PFF
Haskins
A/C 43-37512 S
Hickel
A/C 43-39001 M
Gottschalk
A/C 44-6610 B
Brooks
A/C 44-6082 D
Adams
A/C 42-97252 K
Blaney–Peterson
A/C 43-37665 N
Gonske
A/C 43-38465 A
Turner
A/C 42-38038 P
James
A/C 44-6156 R
Kirkland
A/C 43-38461 T

[Lt Bowen aborted.]
[Lt Lawson aborted. His position was filled by Lt James, the flying spare from the Low Squadron.]


94th "A" Group - Low Squadron Formation at Take–Off
509th Squadron
Daugherty–Nowakowski
A/C 44-8045 L PFF
Mueller
A/C 44-6566 F
Cronin
A/C 44-8358 A PFF
Foreman
A/C 43-38666 T
Johnson
A/C 43-38640 C
Mahnke
A/C 42-97843 P
Smith
A/C 43-37964 M
Drought
A/C 43-37696 Z
Hammett
A/C 43-37854 V
Parker
A/C 42-102955 L
James
A/C 44-6156 R Spare
Horns
A/C 44-6579 J
Bone
A/C 43-38428 A


94th "A" Group - Low Squadron Formation Over–Target
509th Squadron
Daugherty–Nowakowski
A/C 44-8045 L PFF
Mueller
A/C 44-6566 F
Cronin
A/C 44-8358 A PFF
Foreman
A/C 43-38666 T
Johnson
A/C 43-38640 C
Mahnke
A/C 42-97843 C
Smith
A/C 43-37964 M
Drought
A/C 43-37696 Z
Hammett
A/C 43-37854 V
Parker
A/C 42-102955 L
Bone
A/C 43-38428 A

[Lt. Horns aborted.]
[Lt. James the Flying Spare filled in Lt. Lawson's position in the High Squadron.]

94th "A" Group - Screening Force Formation at Take–Off
508th Squadron
Nay–Maish
A/C 44-8468 X PFF
Fox
A/C 43-38435 H
Patterson
A/C 44-8079 V PFF
Kasper
A/C 43-38592 N
Oen
A/C 44-6802 X
Gattens
A/C 42-97169 N


Time Schedule: ["A" Group]
Zero Hour: 1200 BST [British Standard Time]  Briefing: Enlisted Men 0215; Officers 0245 Stations: 0900 Start Engines: 0910 Taxi: 0930 Take-Off: 0945  Leave Base: 0945 [Breakfast: Enlisted Men 0215; Officers 0245]

Time Schedule: [Screening Force]
Zero Hour: 1145 BST [British Standard Time]  Briefing: Enlisted Men 0215; Officers 0245 Stations: 0830 Start Engines: 0840 Taxi: 0900 Take-Off: 0915  Leave Base: 0915 

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