351st Bomb Group

Polebrook, England

Group Mission #298

Credited Mission #291

 
DATE: 21 Mar. 1945
Target: Airfield at Hopsten, Germany
 
BRIEFING OUTLINE

  1. Ask 508th, 509th and 510th Operations representatives if their crews are all present.

  2. Read Special briefing poop.

  3. TARGETS:
    1. The Visual Primary for today is: ① Hopsten [Germany] A/F [Airfield]
    2. PFF Primary: ② Achmer [Germany] A/F
    3. Visual Secondary: ③ Osnabruck M/Y [RR Marshalling Yard]
    4. PFF Secondary: ④ Osnabruck M/Y - PFF [Pathfinder Force]
    5. Last Resort Target: ⑤ Quakenbruck A/F

  4. S-2 [Intelligence] Information:

  5. Weather:

  6. Time Schedule:
    Zero Hour: - 0800Stations: - 0610
    Start Engines: - 0620Taxi: - 0635
    Take Off: - 0650Last Take Off: - 0755
    Intercept Group atCromerat18,000 ft.
    Target Time: - 0952ETR [Estimated Time
       of Return]:

    - 1221
    Depart English Coast at: 0850at Cromer

    Time on oxygen: 3½ hours (Total time 5 hours)

    TIME TICK [Set your watches.]

  7. Loadings:
     Gasoline: 2,400 Gallons
     Bombs: 38 x 100# Frag [Fragmentation Bomb] Chart - 2 [Bomb loading illustration]

  8. Intervalometer Settings: 75 Feet on all 5 targets.

  9. Chaff: Commence discharge of chaff at - 6 mins after IP for 12 minutes.
        Each A/C [Aircraft] will carry - 288 units.

  10. Disposition of Forces:

    3 Divisions will be dispatched. The 1st Air Division will depart England 3rd preceded by 3rd & 2nd Division and followed by the ___ Division.
    1st Division will dispatch 4 CBW's of 3 Groups each.
    The order of attack in the 1st Division will be:
    Lead94th CBWAttackingHopsten A/F [Airfield]/td>
    2nd41st CBWAttackingHopsten A/F
    3rd1stAttackingRheine A/F
    4th40 CBWAttackingRheine A/F
    2nd Division targets areA/F in same area
    3rd Division targets areA/F in same area

  11. Fighter Cover: 1 Gps. of P-51's

  12. Assembly:
    Lead at13,000feet on Kings Cliffe BuncherRed-GreenFlares
    High at14,000feet onKings CliffeBuncherGreen-GreenFlares
    Low at12,000feet onKings CliffeBuncherRed-RedFlares
    401st at13,000feet onCottesmoreBuncherRed-YellowFlares
    457th at13,000feet onGlattonBuncherRed-YellowFlares
    Combat Wing Assembly Line: 5320N - 0040E - Cromer
    Division Assembly Line: Clacton to 52°44’N-04°38’E [Camperduin, Netherlands]
    2 minutes interval between Groups.
    Reference altitude: 22,000'
    Bombing altitude: 22,000'
    Point for instrument let-down Kings Cliffe magnetic heading of 30 degrees.

  13. Call Signs:
    351stWoodcraft C - Charlie
    401stWoodcraft B - Baker
    457thWoodcraft A - Able
    1st Div. Air CommanderCol. Romig
    94th CBW Air CommanderCol. Romig

  14. The following ships will monitor [Radio Channels]- "B" - V-705, U-591, D-082; "C" - 8th A.F. - K-252; "C" - 67th Fighter Wing - A-465.
    Other Communications information will be found on the flimsy.

  15. FLYING CONTROL: _____

  16. SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS:
     a. Type of Bombing Formation - By Squadrons
     b. Bombardier and Navigator of the #3 A/C of each sqdn. report to Photo Lab.
      The A/C are: Lead - B-610, Low - L-956, High - B-592
     c. Ball Turret Gunners of the following A/C have report to Photo Lab: Lead L-515, C-020; Low G-954, B-349; High B-640, C-640
     d. Camera A/C: Lead - S-512, Low M-900, High A-428
      return at  Continental Coast
     e. Spares to turn back at Enemy Coast
     f. PFF A/C fly as Deputy lead in Lead Sqdn.
     g. GH A/C fly as Combination GH & PFF - Lead of each squadron.
     h. REMARKS: 

  17. You are reminded not to discuss the target. EXERCISE ALL SECURITY MEASURES.

  BRIEFING OFFICER: HAVE YOU READ SPECIAL BRIEFING POOP??



Operational Narrative.
  1. Date of Mission - 21 March, 1945.
    1. Target Attacked: The primary target (No. 1) Hopsten, Germany, was attacked visually.
    2. Force: 94th “C” Group. Thirty-eight aircraft, including one H2X aircraft, three combination H2x and GH ships, and two flying spares were dispatched.
    3. Position: The 94th “C” Group flew as the third group in the First Division Formation, its briefed position.
    4. Lead Teams
      Group Lead
      Air Commander: Major John B. Carraway.
      Pilot:Captain Harry B. Holsapple.
      Navigator:1st Lt. Billy V. Gwyn.
      Bombardier:1st Lt. Allan D. Behrendt.

      Low Squadron
      Leader: 1st Lt. Clifford T. Prior.
      Pilot:2nd Lt. Walter H. Brooks.
      Navigator:F/O Lt. John E. Rowen.
      Bombardier:2nd Lt. Joseph Loiscono.

      High Squadron
      Leader: Captain Clifford T. Prior.
      Pilot:2nd Lt. Walter H. Brooks.
      Navigator:1st Lt. John E. Rowen.
      Bombardier:1st Lt. Joseph Loiscono.
  2. Narrative.
    1.  Squadron and Group Assembly: The assembly was carried out satisfactorily at the Kings Cliffe buncher at the briefed altitude of 13,000 feet.
    2.  Route Over England: Departure from the assembly point was made on time (0817) at the briefed height, 13,000 feet. The briefed route was followed to Grantham. Shortly after leaving that point, however, it was observed that the 94th “C” was falling behind the 94th “A” and “B” Groups. The cause of this was not immediately determined, for the 94th “C” was, as far as was known, flying at the SOP [Standard Operating Procedure] airspeed. It soon became apparent that it would be necessary to cut inside of the briefed course in order to gain on the two preceding groups. The turn before Control Point #1 was cut off.
    3.  Division Assembly Line: The formation further attempted to make up lost time by passing Control Point #1 four miles to the north, and by gradually closing into the Division Assembly Line. Control Point #1 was passed at an altitude of 16,000 feet, 2,000 feet below the briefed altitude and two minutes late (0852). The Division Assembly Line was contacted at two degrees East. The formation followed it to the right of the briefed course from that point to the Dutch coast. While checking the airspeed and setting up the C-1 Pilot [Autopilot], it was found that both the pilot’s and navigator’s airspeed indicators were ten miles per hour too fast. The airspeed was adjusted accordingly for the remainder of the mission. The formation closed into the briefed route before reaching the Dutch coast and crossed it at the planned point at an altitude of 21,000 feet, 1,000 feet below the briefed height, and four minutes late (0727). Before the coast was reached, Cowboy Able, who was briefed to fly behind the 94th “C”, gained on the formation and asked if he could bomb behind the 94th “B”. The Group Leader (94th “C”) approved, but it was found possible for the formation to gain on Cowboy Able, and thus attack the target in its briefed order.
    4.  Flight to Target: The briefed route was followed with slight divergency. The briefed bombing altitude of 22,000 feet was reached on the flight to the IP [Initial Point of Bomb Run], which was reached five minutes late. The information from the Weather Scouting Force was received by the deputy at that point. The information was that the target was open for visual bombing and no troubles as far as visibility was concerned should be encountered.
    5.  Description of Bombing Run: The formation was about five minutes behind the 94th “B” Group. A large cloud was observed in the target area, and it was thought that it might cause some difficulty. The No. 1 target, Hopsten, Germany, was attacked visually, each squadron making its own sighting. In each instance, the bomb run was started by following the GH LOP [Line of Position] curve. When it became possible for the bombardier to pick up the MPI [Mean Point of Impact], he took over the ship and made a visual run. Each squadron found it necessary to drop its bombs through the cloud over the target. In each case, however, the data had already been set into the bomb-sight and the proper sighting made, and when the indices met, the formation was over cloud. Results of the Lead Squadron’s bombing were observed to be good, while that of the High and Low Squadrons could not be definitely determined due to smoke from previous bombings.

      Each Squadron Leader reported that the C-1 Pilot was used satisfactorily. The briefed turn was made at the IP.
    6.  Flight From Target: After bombing, the Lead and High Squadrons turned to the left and rallied without difficulty. The Low Squadron, which had dropped down three hundred feet below its briefed bombing altitude in order to avoid prop wash, encountered some flak in the target area which hit the #2 engine of the lead aircraft. In taking evasive action the squadron made a right turn at the target and thus became separated from the rest of the formation. The deputy took over the squadron and led it back to the Lead and High Squadrons. The leader flew home alone and reached base safely.

      A formation of B-24’s was encountered on the withdrawal. It forced the 94th “C” to go to the left of course until the B-24’s essed and permitted a return to the briefed route. Departure from the coast of Holland was made to the left of the briefed point at an altitude of 18,500 feet. The briefed route was contacted shortly off the Dutch coast and was followed closely to the coast of England, which was crossed at the planned point at an altitude of 3,000 feet. From that point, the briefed route was followed closely to base. The High and Low Squadrons went to their respective stand-off areas before landing. A normal let-down procedure had been followed.
    7.  Fighter Support: Good.
    8.  Comments: No aircraft were lost due to enemy action. No enemy aircraft ere encountered. Meager and accurate flak was encountered in the target area. Radio transmission from the Weather Scouting Force was reported as being extremely weak by the deputy lead aircraft, lead squadron, which relayed it back to the following group. One radio operator was wounded by flak.
    9.  Aircraft Not Attacking: Aircraft 43-37978, pilot Lt Dunn, landed at Ludham after mechanical difficulties had forced it to leave the formation. Bombs were jettisoned in the channel. One flying spare returned as planned.

  [Signed] Robert B. Stratton, Captain, Air Corps, Statistical Officer


STATISTICAL SUMMARY OF OPERATIONS
DIVISION FIELD ORDER NUMBER 663

351st Bombardment Group
Lead SquadronBorrowed A/CLow SquadronBorrowed A/CHigh SquadronBorrowed A/CTotalTotal Borrowed
A/C
No. of Aircraft Failing to Take Off00000000
No. of Aircraft Sorties111 & 1111121341 & 3
No. of Aircraft Airborne Less Unused Spares111 & 1111111331 & 3
No. of Aircraft Credit Sorties111 & 1101111321 & 3
No. of Effective Sorties111 & 1101111321 & 3
No. of Non-Effective Sorties00100010
Name of Primary TargetHOPSTEN, GERMANY
(A) No. of A/C Attacking Primary Target111 & 1101111321 & 3
(B) No., Size & Type Of Bombs  418 x 100# Frags 
 69 x 100# Frags 
 380 x 100# Frags 
 36 x 100# Frags 
 418 x 100# Frags   36 x 100# Frags   1216 x 100# Frags   36 & 105 x 100# Frags 
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 MIA - Total0000
No. of A/C MIA - Flak
No. of A/C MIA - Flak and E/A
No. of A/C MIA - Enemy Aircraft
No. of A/C MIA - Accident over Enemy Terr.
No. of A/C MIA - Other and Unknown
Time of Take Off064506470646
Time of Attack09560956½0958
Total Time for Mission57:535:24 & 5:2458:245:2062:475:28200:40
Altitude of Release (Indicated)22,000’21,100’23,300’
Visual, H2X, Gee-H, M-H, Eagle, or CombinationVISUAL
Enemy Resistance – AA Intensity & AccuracyMEAGER AND ACCURATE
Enemy Resistance – Fighter000
Enemy Resistance – Bombers000
U.S. A/C Engaged by Enemy Aircraft000
Number of Passes made by Enemy Aircraft000
Degree of SuccessGOOD RESULTS
Non-Effective Sorties0011
(A) Weather
(B) Personnel
(C) Enemy Action
(D) Other Non-Mechanical
(E) Mechanical and Equipment0011
Incidents of Mechanical & Equipment Failure:
(A) Engine0011
(B) Oil System
(C) Fuel System
(D) Supercharger
(E) Propeller and Governor
(F) Communication System
(G) Guns and Turrets
(H) Bomb Release
(I) Bombay Doors
(J) Electric System
(K) Instruments
(L) Oxygen Equipment
(M) Bomb Sights
(N) A/C in General
Comments

____ A/C borrowed as follows: None
____ A/C loaned as follows: None




Lead Bombardier’s Narrative:
Date - 21 March, 1945
Field Order # 663
Squadron or Group - Lead Sqdn., 94th "C" Group
Target - Airfield at Hopsten, Germany
  1. Type of Bombing (Visual, PFF or Combined)?  Visual
  2. Did Squadron perform own sighting operation, bomb on smoke marker, or was bombing done in Group Formation? Squadron performed own sighting operation.
  3. Was turn made at briefed I.P.? Yes
  4. Cloud coverage and visibility. One cloud over the target, but visibility was good.
  5. If Visual, when was MPI identified? If not actually seen, how was it located? The MPI [Mean Point of Impact] could be seen for about twenty miles on the run.
  6. Any Interference on Bomb Run? None
  7. Did C-1 [Autopilot] function satisfactory? Yes
  8. Any other factors affecting accuracy? None
  [Signed] Gerald E. Traczewitz, 1st Lt., Air Corps, Lead Bombardier

Combat Bombing Flight Record:

I certify that this 12E form is complete and correct.
Warren C. Steitz, Captain, Air Corps, Group Bombardier.
Lead Squadron, 94th "C" Group
Bombardier - 1st Lt. Traczewitz, Gerald E.
Pilot - Maj. Richardson, F. & Capt. Anderson, D.S.
Navigator - 1st Lt. Morrisette, Milton L.

Aircraft B-17G   P-867  Take-off - 0645 Landed - 1210
Objective - Airfield at Hopsten, Germany
Aiming Point (MPI) [Mean Point of Impact] - As Briefed
Initial Point - As Briefed
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 - 38 x 100 Lb. Fragmentation Clusters
Number of Bombs Loaded - As Above   Released - Same
Fusing, Nose - ___   Tail - ____
Synchronization - On

Information at Release Point:  

Altitude of Target - 130'Magnetic Heading Ordered 122° Actual 120°
True Altitude Above Target - 21,960True Heading 114°
Indicated Altitude - 22,000Drift, Estimated 3° Left - Actual 3° Right
Pressure Altitude of Target -216True Track 114°
Altimeter Setting 29.92Actual Range 11,858.4'
Calculated Indicated Air Speed - 150KBomb Sight Type - M-9
True Air Speed - 214KTime of Release 09:56
Ground Speed Est. 260 Actual 262Length of Bombing Run - 49 N.M.
Wind Direction Metro - 290° Actual - 290°Intervalometer Setting - 75 Feet
Wind Velocity Metro 50 Actual 50 C-1 Pilot [Autopilot] - O.K.
D.S. - 134  Trail - 150   ATF - 45.9A-5 Pilot _____
Tan. D.A, Est. .56 Actual .545 Manual Pilot ____

Type of Release - Train 75'
Point of Impact If Seen - As Briefed
Mean Temp. Metro -10 Actual -5
Winds - Altitude - 22,000 Ft.  Direction - Metro 290°  Actual 290°  Velocity - Metro 50  Actual 45
Temp C. - Metro -30° C. Actual -25° C.



Preliminary Damage Assessment:
  1. The three squadrons of this Group attacked as a primary target the A/F [Airfield] at Hopsten, Germany. Photo cover is incomplete and of poor quality. Cloud and Haze prevent accurate assessment.
  2. The frag [fragmentation] bombs of the lead squadron are seen hitting on the MPI and extending across the A/F toward the SE. The long narrow pattern measures 5751 feet by 1384 feet with the center of the pattern 2130 feet over the briefed MPI. Approximately 15% of the bombs are within 1000 feet and 65% are within 2000 feet of the briefed MPI.
  3. The main concentration of the low squadron fell approximately 3600 feet to the right and short of the MPI with the pattern extending to within 2000 feet of the aiming point. The entire pattern cannot be seen but the percentage of bombs within 2000 feet will be very low.
  4. There is no photo cover for the High Squadron. The position at bombs away indicates that the pattern will fall in the same area as the lead squadron.
  [Signed:] Thomas L. Cooper, Captain, Air Corps, Group P.I. [Photo Intelligence]


Narrative Teletype Report:
  1. No leaflets were carried by this Group.
  2. The three squadrons of this Group formed the 94th “C” Combat Bomb Wing and visually bombed by squadrons out No. 1 target, the dispersal areas of the airfield at Hopsten, Germany. Photo coverage for the lead squadron was good and bombs were plotted on the assigned MPI, with the pattern trailing about a quarter of a mile to the SE. Smoke from previous bombing and a haze-like cloud, which drifted over the target in the course of out bomb run, makes damage assessment of the high and low squadrons impossible. Gunners of both the high and low squadrons report explosions impossible. Gunners of both the high and low squadrons report explosions and aircraft burning in the vicinity of our MPI. GH equipment was employed for tracking purposes and ably assisted the bombardier in synchronizing for his visual release.
  3. No E/A [Enemy Aircraft] were encountered and no claims [of enemy aircraft being shot down] are being submitted.
  4. Meager flak, some of it accurate for both height and deflection, some low and behind our formation, was encountered at the target just before bombs away. On the way in to the target, meager fairly accurate flak was encountered north-east of Zwolle, and meager inaccurate flak was encountered in the vicinity of Nordham, at approximately 5228 N – 0709 E.
  5. Clear weather existed on the route in and over the target area; however, a haze-like cloud drifted in and covered our MPI area just at the time of bombs away.
  6. At 0930 hours a rocket trail was observed in the vicinity of Amsterdam. A very small M/Y with several trains in it was observed at approximately 5218-0541 at about 1030 hours.
  7. Four PFF units were employed by this Group on today’s mission. With the exception of a mechanical failure in the equipment of our lead A/C, low squadron, all sets worked efficiently and served as a navigational aid. Fighter support was good and was generally seen by all squadrons. Radio transmission from the Scouting Force was reported as being extremely weak by the deputy lead aircraft, lead squadron, who was forced to relay weather information to a group following ours. Conditions radioed back by the Scouting Force was accurate. All of our aircraft reported back to base.


Track Chart:
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Mission Summary Report:
  1. Abortives and Flying Spares:
    1. Airplane No. 43-37978, 508th Squadron, returned early and made a forced landing at Ludham. Crew reported that #1 cylinder on #2 engine broke at cylinder barrel and #3 engine stationary reduction gear screws sheared.
    2. Airplane No. 44-6566, 509th Squadron, returned early as planned.
  [Signed:] John W. Freeman, Captain, Air Corps, Group Engineering Officer


Abortive Report
Aircraft No. F-6566 Squadron - 509 - High Date - 21 Mar. 1945
  1. PILOT'S STATEMENT:
    1. Reason for abortive Flying Spare - Returned as scheduled
    2. Place and altitude ____
    3. Time ____
    4. Position in formation ____
    5. Disposition of bombs ____
    6. Remarks ____
    7. Time & Date dispatched ____
      (Pilot's Signature) ____


“J” Form:
  1. Last Four numbers and Call Letter of A/C in each Squadron:
    a. 94th Combat Wing "C" Group   Lead Squadron - 351st Group
    Sqdn 508th A/C: None
    Sqdn 509th A/C: None
    Sqdn 510th A/C: A–8465, B–6610, C–9020, K–7252, L–7515, M–9001, N–7665, S–7512, T–9156, V–7705, U–7216 Spare
    Sqdn 511th A/C: L–8045 GH-PFF, P–8867 GH-PFF),

    b. 94th Combat Wing "C" Group   Low Squadron - 351st Group
    Sqdn 508th A/C: B–7349, C–8753, D–6082, G–8954, J–7978, L–7956, M–7900, O–8277, Q–8799, U–8813, Y–6108
    Sqdn 509th A/C: None
    Sqdn 510th A/C: None
    Sqdn 511th A/C: A–8358 GH-PFF

    c. 94th Combat Wing "C" Group   High Squadron - 351st Group
    Sqdn 508th A/C: None
    Sqdn 509th A/C: A–8428, B–8592, C–8640, D–7193, G–8617, L–2955, M–7964, O–8920, P–6907, U–8591, V–8070, F–6566 Spare
    Sqdn 510th A/C: None
    Sqdn 511th A/C: F–8376 GH-PFF)
  2. Target: 019114/3 To 040114/3 To 034123/3 To 016119/3
  3. W/T and R/T Operational Call Sign of each Squadron:
    Squadron508 [Call Sign]W/T LMF R/T CARLTONSquadron510 [Call Sign]W/T LYW R/T TIPSTAFF
    Squadron509 [Call Sign]W/T POU R/T HOTMINTSquadron511 [Call Sign]W/T PCR R/T PARTNERSHIP
  4. Taxi – 0635; Take-Off – 0650; E.T.D. Field – 0817
  5. Time:Height:  Place of Crossing English Coast: (OUT)
    085018,000 FtCromer
  6. Time:Height:  Place of Crossing Enemy Coast: (IN)
    092322,000 Ft 52°44'N-04°38'E [Camperduin, Netherlands]
  7. Time:Height:Place of Crossing Enemy Coast: (Out)
    105220,000 Ft52°44'N-04°38'E [Camperduin, Netherlands]
  8. Time:Height:Place of Crossing English Coast: (IN)
    11478,000 FtCromer
  9. E.T.R.(Estimated Time of Return) Base: 1221 Hours
  10. MF/DF [Medium Frequency/Direction Finder] Section: "G"
  11. Bomb load of Each A/C: "A" Lead Box
    Lead Squadron: 38 x 100 Frag.
    Low Squadron: 38 x 100 Frag.
    High Squadron: 38 x 100 Frag.
    ___ Squadron:
  12. Fuel Load of each A/C: 2400 Gallons
  13. Leaders:
    Lead Sqdn: Rank & Name: Maj. Richardson A/C No & Sqdn. P-8867 GH (511)
    Low Sqdn: Rank & Name: Lt. Parnell A/C No & Sqdn. A-8358 GH (511)
    High Sqdn: Rank & Name: Capt. Maish A/C No & Sqdn. F-8376 GH (511)
  14. Passengers, if any: (Full Name, Rank, A/C and Squadron Passenger flying with)
    None

Report Compiled By Irvin C. Muesing, S/Sgt.



Formation Chart:
94th "C" Combat Bomb Group - Lead Squadron Formation at Take–Off and Over Target
510th Squadron
Maj. Richardson–Anderson, D.S.
A/C 44-8867 P GH-PFF
Fisher
A/C 44-6610 B
Robinson
A/C 44-8045 L PFF
Rebo
A/C 43-39020 C
Smith
A/C 43-38872 G
Docimo
A/C 43-37665 N
Dahlborg
A/C 43-38465 A
Mahnke
A/C 43-37705 V
Stamps
A/C 42-97252 K
Haft–Adams
A/C 43-39156 T
Kirkland
A/C 42-97216 U Spare
Grissom
A/C 43-37512 S
Hollister
A/C 43-37515 L

[Lt Kirkland, the flying spare, filled in a position in the Low Squadron]

94th "C" Combat Bomb Group - High Squadron Formation at Take–Off and Over Target
509th Squadron
Maish
A/C 44-8376 F GH-PFF
Quinn
A/C 43-38592 B
Wefel
A/C 43-37964 M
Potter
A/C 44-6907 P
Whittaker
A/C 44-8617 G
Brennan
A/C 42-102955 L
Drake
A/C 43-38640 C
Sexton
A/C 43-38591 U
Day
A/C 44-6156 R
Workman
A/C 43-38920 O
Grigsby
A/C 44-6566 F Spare
Bird
A/C 44-8579 X
Cole
A/C 42-97193 D

[Lt Grigsby, the flying spare, returned as planned.]

94th "C" Combat Bomb Group - Low Squadron Formation at Take–Off
508th Squadron
Parnell
A/C 44-8358 A GH-PFF
Ryan
A/C 43-37956 L
Barnard
A/C 43-38799 Q
Sugg
A/C 43-38753 C
Beringer
A/C 42-97349 B
Westercamp
A/C 43-38813 U
Russell
A/C 43-38277 O
Harkins
A/C 44-6108 Y
Sandel
A/C 44-6082 D
Dunn
A/C 43-37978 J
James
A/C 43-38954 G
Sprecher
A/C 43-37900 M


94th "C" Combat Bomb Group - Low Squadron Formation Over–Target
508th Squadron
Parnell
A/C 44-8358 A GH-PFF
Ryan
A/C 43-37956 L
Barnard
A/C 43-38799 Q
Sugg
A/C 43-38753 C
Beringer
A/C 43-37349 B
Westercamp
A/C 43-38813 U
Russell
A/C 43-38277 O
Harkins
A/C 44-6108 Y
Sandel
A/C 44-6082 D
James
A/C 43-38954 G
Kirkland
A/C 42-97216 U
Sprecher
A/C 43-37900 M

[Lt Dunn aborted the mission. Lt. James filled in Lt Dunn's position and Lt. Kirkland, the Lead Squadron flying spare, filled in Lt James' position.]

Time Schedule:
Zero Hour: 0800 BST [British Standard Time]  Briefing: Enlisted Men 0315; Officers 0345 Stations: 0610 Start Engines: 0620 Taxi: 0635 Take-Off: 0650  Leave Base: 0650 [Breakfast: Enlisted Men 0215; Officers 0245]

[Wounded On Mission: 1]
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