351st Bomb Group

Polebrook, England

Group Mission #299

Credited Mission #292

 
DATE: 22 Mar. 1945
Target: Military Installation at Barmingholten, 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: (No. 1 Visual) Barmingholten [Germany]
    2. PFF Primary: (No. 2 Visual) Plantlünne [Germany] 11 miles North of Rheine
    3. Visual Secondary: (No. 3) Any Enemy A/F [Airfield] East of Rhine [River]
    4. PFF Secondary or Visual: (No. 4) Any Target inside Boundary of Target of Opportunity Area
    5. Last Resort Target: Target of Opportunity

  4. S-2 [Intelligence] Information:

  5. Weather:

  6. Time Schedule:
    Zero Hour: - 0830Stations: - 0705 0835
    Start Engines: - 0715 0845Taxi: - 0730 0900
    Take Off: - 0745 0915Last Take Off: - 0900 1015
    Intercept Group atCromerat15,000 ft.
    Target Time: - 1108 1238ETR [Estimated Time
       of Return]:

    - 1326 1456
    Depart English Coast at:0950 1120at Cromer

    Time on oxygen: 4:30 hours (6:00 Total Time)

    TIME TICK [Set your watches.]

  7. Loadings:
     Gasoline: 2,300 Gallons
     Bombs: Lead & Low Sqdn - 34 x 100 G.P. [General Purpose] No Nose x 1/40 Tail [Fuses]
    High Sqdn. 6 x 500 G.P.'s 1/10 x 1/40 Plus 6 M-17 IB's [Incendiary Bomb]
    O-435 will carry delay action bombs (500 GP)

  8. Intervalometer Settings: Minimum, Visual or GH

  9. Chaff: Commence discharge of chaff at - IP [Initial Point of Bomb Run] & Continue for 18 minutes.
        Each A/C [Aircraft] will carry - 432 units.

  10. Disposition of Forces:

    3 Divisions will be dispatched. The 1st Air Division will depart England 2nd preceded by 3rd Division and followed by the 2nd Division.
    1st Division will dispatch 4 CBW's of 3 Groups each.
    The order of attack in the 1st Division will be:
    Lead41stAttackingTargets in the Same Area
    2nd1stAttackingTargets in the Same Area
    3rd40thAttackingTargets in the Same Area
    4th94thAttackingTargets in the Same Area
    2nd Division targets arein Frankfurt Area
    3rd Division targets arein vicinity of 1st Division Targets & also Frankfurt Area

  11. Fighter Cover: 3 Gps. of P-51's - Wabash 1-2 & 3 [Call Sign] - Area Support, Wabash One - Haaksbergen Area; Wabash Two - Munster Area; Wabash Three - Ibbenburen Area
    Wabash One & Two will withdraw with 1st Division Forces.
  12. Assembly:
    Lead at15,000feet on Kings Cliffe BuncherRed-GreenFlares
    High at16,000feet onKings CliffeBuncherGreen-GreenFlares
    Low at14,000feet onKings CliffeBuncherRed-RedFlares
    401st at15,000feet onCottesmoreBuncherRed-YellowFlares
    457th at15,000feet onGlattonBuncherRed-YellowFlares
    Combat Wing Assembly Line: 5310 - 0105E
    Division Assembly Line: Cromer to Coast in [Bound]
    2 minutes interval between Groups.
    Reference altitude: 23,000'
    Bombing altitude: 25,000'
    Point for instrument let-down Kings Cliffe magnetic heading of 30 degrees.

  13. Call Signs:
    351stWoodcraft Baker
    401stWoodcraft Able
    457thWoodcraft Charlie
    1st Div. Air CommanderLt. Col. Sipes (Cowboy Able Leader)
    94th CBW Air CommanderCapt. Kalinski

  14. The following ships will monitor [Radio Channels]- "B" - K-130, B-610, T-666; "C" - 8th A.F. - L-956; "C" - 67th Fighter Wing - M-900; "D" (A/S Res.) [Air/Sea Rescue] All Have Available Except F-376, V-079, b-349, M-001 which have 8th A.F. Crystals.
    Other Communications information will be found on the flimsy.

  15. FLYING CONTROL: _____

  16. SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS:
     a. Type of Bombing Formation - Normal
     b. Bombardier and Navigator of the Following report to Photo Lab.
      The A/C are: U-813, G-817, Tail Gunner of F-376
     c. Ball Turret Gunners of the following A/C report to Photo Lab
       The A/C are: ____  d. Camera A/C: Y-108, F-566, D-694
      return at  Coast Out [Bound]
     e. Spares to turn back at Spares Go In.
     f. PFF A/C fly as Deputy Group Lead & High Sqdn.
     g. GH A/C fly as Group Lead & Low Sqdn. Lead
     h. REMARKS: 
       No Bombs will be dropped by GH on 94th CBW 1st Priority Target
       No Blind Bombing will be employed unless target can be positively identified by Mickey Fixes on known Points.
       Proper functioning of GH or MH Equipment, verification of these will be made when possible by visual Pin-Points through
        cloud breaks.
       6 P-51's, Buckeye Red [Call Sign] will scout route & target weather.
       Delayed Action Bombs will not be brought back!
       Drop on Lead Only.
       Navigators Report to Group Nav. for Flight Plans.

  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 - 22 March, 1945.
    1. Target Attacked:  The primary target (No. 1), Barmingholten, Germany, was attacked visually.
    2. Force: 94th “B” Group. Thirty-eight aircraft, including two H2x-GH aircraft, and two flying spares, were dispatched.
    3. Position: The 94th “B” Group flew in its briefed position as the eleventh group in the First Division Formation.
    4. Lead Teams
      Group Lead
      Air Commander: Lt. Col. James T. Stewart
      Pilot:Captain James M. Purcell
      Navigator:1st Lt. John W. Bury
      Bombardier:1st Lt. Eldon L. Stear

      Low Squadron
      Leader: 1st Lt. Thomas G. Peterson
      Pilot:2nd Lt. Douglas W. Creek
      Navigator:2nd Lt. Robert G. Craig
      Bombardier:2nd Lt. Robert L. Adams

      High Squadron
      Leader: 1st Lt. George A. Patterson
      Pilot:2nd Lt. Paschel M. Huff
      Navigator:F/O Lwon R. Phelps
      Bombardier:F/O Lt. Leonard L. Lesch
  2. Narrative.
    1.  Squadron and Group Assembly: The assembly was carried out satisfactorily at the briefed altitude of 15,000 feet, over the Kings Cliffe buncher.
    2.  Route Over England: Departure from the buncher was made on time (1050) from a point four miles east of the buncher. The 94th “A” Group was seen approaching from the left and no difficulty was encountered in getting into position. The briefed course was paralleled to the right in following the 94th “A”. The formation closed into Control Point #1 and reached it at the briefed altitude of 15,000 feet and on time (1120).
    3.  Division Assembly Line: Departure from the English coast was made as planned and the briefed route was followed. At mid-channel, the 92nd Group, which was scheduled to precede the 94th “A” Group, approached the formation from the right. It is reported that this group was seen following the 94th “B” on its Combat Wing Assembly Line, probably having mistaken it for another group. The arrival of the 92nd Group and its penetration into the Division Column caused the 94th Combat Wing Some difficulty. It resulted in the formation bunching up, and caused an excessive amount of double drifting and essing in order to permit the groups to regain the proper interval. The interval was not fully adjusted until the formation neared the Belgian coast and resulted in crossing to the right of the briefed point at an altitude of 22,000 feet, 1,000 feet above the briefed height. The 94th “B” Group was finally in its briefed position as the eleventh group in the First Division.
    4.  Flight to Target: The preceding groups were followed in flying a course on the right of the planned route which gradually closed into the turn at 51°18’N - 05°18’E. From that point the formation followed the GH navigator’s LOP [Line of Position] curve, reaching the briefed IP [Initial Point of Bomb Run] seven minutes late (1234) at an altitude of 25,000 feet, the bombing altitude.
    5.  Description of Bombing Run: The primary target – No. 1 – at Barmingholten, Germany, was attacked visually by squadrons. The GH equipment had been used in order to put the formation on the proper heading for the target. The target was picked up by the bombardiers when the formation was about fourteen miles from it.

      Interval was taken by the squadrons without difficulty. The visibility was good, and no difficulty was encountered in picking up the aiming points. The briefed turn was made at the IP. The only reported difficulty on the bomb run was the prop wash of the preceding group which was encountered by the Lead Squadron. This resulted in spreading the squadron formation somewhat, with a corresponding result on the bomb pattern. However, bombing results for all three squadrons are reported as excellent. The C-1 Pilot [Autopilot] was used in each instance, and no malfunctions were reported.
    6.  Flight From Target: It was necessary for the formation to let-down after rallying in order to avoid being sandwiched between two groups. The 94th “A” Group was followed on the withdrawal. Divergencies from course were minor. The Dutch coast was crossed at the briefed point, at an altitude of 20,000 feet. In the flight to the English coast, the formation was to the right of the briefed course in flying in right echelon on the preceding group. The English coast was crossed at the briefed point, Cromer, at an altitude of 5,000 feet. The briefed course was followed in the flight from Cromer to base. The High and Low Squadrons were sent to their respective stand-off areas before landing. A normal let-down procedure had been followed.
    7.  Fighter Support: Good. Appeared as briefed.
    8.  Comments: No aircraft were lost. No enemy aircraft were encountered. Very meager but accurate flak was encountered at the target. Clear weather prevailed along the entire route and over the target area. The Weather Scouting Force was contacted and accurately reported the weather conditions in the target area.
    9.  Aircraft Not Attacking: There were no failures to attack. The two flying spares remained with the formation.

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


STATISTICAL SUMMARY OF OPERATIONS
DIVISION FIELD ORDER NUMBER
351st Bombardment Group
Lead SquadronLow SquadronHigh SquadronTOTALS
Borrowed Aircraft0000
No. of Aircraft Failing to Take Off0000
No. of Aircraft Sorties13121338
No. of Aircraft Airborne Less Unused Spares13121338
No. of Aircraft Credit Sorties13121338
No. of Effective Sorties13121338
No. of Non-Effective Sorties0000
Name of Primary TargetBARMINGHOLTEN, GERMANY
(A) No. of A/C Attacking Primary Target13121338
(B) No., Size & Type Of Bombs 442 x 100# GP  408 x 100# GP  77 x 500# GP 
78 x 500 IB
 850 x 100# GP 
77 x 500 GP
78 x 500 IB
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 Off091009130911
Time of Attack124112411242
Total Time for Mission72:4468:1271:56212:52
Altitude of Release (Indicated)25,000’24,400’25,600’
Visual, H2X, Gee-H, M-H, Eagle, or CombinationVISUAL
Enemy Resistance – AA Intensity & AccuracyMEAGER AND ACCURATE
Enemy Resistance – Fighter0000
Enemy Resistance – Bombers0000
U.S. A/C Engaged by Enemy Aircraft0000
Number of Passes made by Enemy Aircraft0000
Degree of SuccessEXCELLENT RESULTS

Following No. and types of pathfinder aircraft used as indicated:
Lead Squadron: 1 B-17G SH, 1 B-17G HO; Low Squadron: 1 B-17G HO; High Squadron: 1 B-17G SH;

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




Lead Bombardier’s Narrative:
Date - 22 March, 1945
Field Order # 664
Squadron or Group - Lead Sqdn., 94th "B" Group
Target - Military Installation at Barmingholten, 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. 1/10 - 2/10 Cloud
  5. If Visual, when was MPI identified? If not actually seen, how was it located? 70° Sighting Angle.
  6. Any Interference on Bomb Run? Prop Wash
  7. Did C-1 [Autopilot] function satisfactory? Yes
  8. Any other factors affecting accuracy? Gyro was dancing pretty bad until last 20 seconds of run.
  [Signed] Eldon L. Stear, 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 "A" Group
Bombardier - 1st Lt. Stear Eldon L.
Pilot - Lt. Col. Stewart, J.T. & Capt. Purcell, J.M.
Navigator - 1st Lt. Bury, John W.

Aircraft B-17G   F-376  Take-off - 09:15 Landed - 14:50
Objective - Military Installation at Barmingholten, 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 - 34 x 100 Lb. AN-M30 G.P.[General Purpose]
Number of Bombs Loaded - As Above   Released - Same
Fusing, Nose - None   Tail - 1/40
Synchronization - On

Information at Release Point:  

Altitude of Target - 100'Magnetic Heading Ordered 095° Actual 090°
True Altitude Above Target - 25,306True Heading 083°
Indicated Altitude - 25,000Drift, Estimated 5° Right - Actual 3° Right
Pressure Altitude of Target -279True Track 086°
Altimeter Setting 29.92Actual Range 12,146.9'
Calculated Indicated Air Speed - 150KBomb Sight Type - M-9
True Air Speed - 226KTime of Release 1241
Ground Speed Est. 250 Actual 244Length of Bombing Run - 35 N.M. [Nautical Miles]
Wind Direction Metro - 3100° Actual - 296°Intervalometer Setting - Minimum
Wind Velocity Metro 30 Actual 21 C-1 Pilot [Autopilot] - X [Used]
D.S. - 119.9  Trail - 117   ATF - 44.18A-5 Pilot _____
Tan. D.A, Est. .524 Actual .48 Manual Pilot ____

Type of Release - Train - Minimum
Point of Impact If Seen - On and near the briefed M.P.I.
Mean Temp. Metro -10 Actual -9
Winds - Altitude - 25,000 Ft.  Direction - Metro 310°  Actual 296°  Velocity - Metro 30  Actual 21
Temp C. - Metro -36° C. Actual -32° C.



Preliminary Damage Assessment:
  1. The three squadrons of this Group attacked as the priority No. 1 target a military installation at Barmingholten, Germany. Photo cover is good for all squadrons.
  2. The bombs of the lead squadron fell into the target area; however, a very badly scattered pattern prevented effective damage and there are no hits on any of the main buildings. Some bursts are seen among camouflaged buildings in the edge of the woods. Approximately 60% of the bombs are within 1,000 feet and 95% within 2,000 feet of the MPI. The main pattern is 2,988 feet by 1,504 feet.
  3. The bombs of the low squadron fell in a heavy concentration into the target area. The five main buildings are hidden by bursts and fire can be seen from two of them. Other bursts are seen among buildings in the edge of the woods. The pattern is 2,695 feet by 1,470 feet, with approximately 55% within 1,000 feet and 100% within 2,000 feet of the MPI.
  4. The pattern of the high squadron crosses the target area with the heaviest concentration on the MPI. There will be damage to the main buildings as well as the buildings in the edge of the woods. The incendiary bombs are seen at the edge of the pattern and are running toward the MPI. They should blanket the area. The pattern is 2,863 feet by 1,345 feet, with 70% within 1,000 feet and 95% within 2,000 feet of the MPI.
  [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 “B” Combat Bomb Wing. Bombing was visual, by squadrons, on out No. 1 target, and Army headquarters at Barmingholten, Germany. Photos show the target area blanketed by bursts from all squadrons with estimated results of good to excellent. Buildings and area will be damaged by G.P. [General Purpose] bombs and incendiaries.
  3. No E/A [Enemy Aircraft] were encountered and no claims [of enemy aircraft being shot down] are being submitted.
  4. Very meager accurate flak was encountered at the target, and more bursts were observed to right and left and below out formation in the target area.
  5. Clear weather existed along the entire route and over the target area, with only a ground haze with tops at 2,000 feet impeding perfect vision.
  6. In the vicinity of 5241-0535 two cargo vessels were noted. At approximately 5248-0615 an airfield, which had been recently bombed, appeared to be operational again as all damage was repaired and several aircraft were noted near the hangars and dispersal areas.
  7. The GH aircraft assigned to the lead and high squadrons took over just before the bomb run and to within 14 miles of the target, at which time the bombardier assumed command for a visual run. The PFF equipment was utilized by this Group for navigational assistance. Both the GH and Mickey [Radar] equipment were reported by all operators to have performed efficiently. The Scouting Force was contacted by this Group and accurately recounted weather conditions existing in the target area. Fighter support was good and appeared as briefed. None of our aircraft is missing.
  8. Assembly was made as per SOP [Standard Operating Procedure]. This Group was forced to make a 180 degree turn before departure from control point #1, so as to leave on time. From control point #1 to the point before the IP we were forced to take double drifts to prevent piling up on 94th “A”. Our formation remained 8 miles south of the prescribed course until arrival at control point #2. The high squadron was required to make an “S” to get back on course about one-half the distance down the bomb run because of a failure to pick up the message from the lead A/C announcing the turn onto our IP. From the rally point and to a point just before the coast on our route out, this Group held a position south of the briefed route to avoid bunching up on the combat wing group lead. We intercepted the briefed route at this point in order to avoid plotted flak installations along the coast. Return to England and let-down occurred without incident. This Group visually attacked by individual squadrons our No. 1


Track Chart:
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Mission Summary Report:
  1. Abortives - None
  [Signed:] John W. Freeman, Captain, Air Corps, Group Engineering Officer


“J” Form:
  1. 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, B–7349, C–8753, K–8130, L–7956, M–7900, O–8277, P–7258, U–8813, Y–6108, G–8954 Spare
    Sqdn 509th A/C: None
    Sqdn 510th A/C: None
    Sqdn 511th A/C: F–8376 GH & PFF, V–8079 PFF

    b. 94th Combat Wing "B" Group   Low Squadron - 351st Group
    Sqdn 508th A/C: None
    Sqdn 509th A/C: A–8428, C–8640, D–7193, F–6566, G–8617, M–7964, O–8920, P–6907, R–6156, T–8666, V–8070
    Sqdn 510th A/C: None
    Sqdn 511th A/C: U–8374 GH & PFF

    c. 94th Combat Wing "B" Group   High Squadron - 351st Group
    Sqdn 508th A/C: None
    Sqdn 509th A/C: None
    Sqdn 510th A/C: A–8465, B–6610, C–9020, D–8694, H–8280, K–7252, M–9001, N–7665, O–8435 D.A., T–9156, V–7705, U–7216 Spare
    Sqdn 511th A/C: D–8664 PFF
  2. Target: Target No. 11
  3. W/T and R/T Operational Call Sign of each Squadron:
    Squadron508 [Call Sign]W/T NMM R/T CARLTONSquadron510 [Call Sign]W/T ULW R/T TIPSTAFF
    Squadron509 [Call Sign]W/T KCH R/T HOTMINTSquadron511 [Call Sign]W/T LHR R/T PARTNERSHIP
  4. Taxi – 0730 0900; Take-Off – 0745 0915; E.T.D. Field – 0920 1050
  5. Time:Height:Place of Crossing English Coast: (OUT)
    0950 112015,000 ftCROMER
  6. Time:Height:Place of Crossing Enemy Coast: (IN)
    1027 115723,000 ft51°33'N-03°26'E [Sint-Jan ten Heere, Netherlands]
  7. Time:Height:Place of Crossing Enemy Coast: (Out)
    1153 132320,000 ft52°40'N-04°37'E [Egmond aan Zee, Netherlands]
  8. Time:Height:Place of Crossing English Coast: (IN)
    1255 14258,000 ftCromer
  9. E.T.R.(Estimated Time of Return) Base: 1326 1456 Hours
  10. MF/DF [Medium Frequency/Direction Finder] Section: "H"
  11. Bomb load of Each A/C: "A" Lead Box
    Lead Squadron: 34 x 100 G.P. - No Nose x 1/40
    Low Squadron: 34 x 100 G.P. - No Nose x 1/40

    High Squadron: 6 x 500 G.P. - 1/10 x 1/40 Plus 6 M17 IB's [Incendiary Bombs]
    ___ Squadron:
  12. Fuel Load of each A/C: 2300 Gallons
  13. Leaders:
    Lead Sqdn: Rank & Name: Lt. Col. Stewart A/C No & Sqdn. F-8376 GH (511)
    Low Sqdn: Rank & Name: Lt. Peterson A/C No & Sqdn. U-8374 GH (511)
    High Sqdn: Rank & Name: Lt. Patterson A/C No & Sqdn. D-8664 PFF (511)
  14. Passengers, if any: (Full Name, Rank, A/C and Squadron Passenger flying with)
    None

Report Compiled By Maksimik, J, S/Sgt.



Formation Chart:
94th "B" Combat Bomb Group - Lead Squadron Formation at Take–Off and Over Target
508th Squadron
Lt Col Stewart–Purcell
A/C 44-8376 F GH-PFF
Wisdom
A/C 43-38813 U
Daugherty–Works
A/C 44-8079 V PFF
Sugg
A/C 44-8410 A
Beringer
A/C 42-97349 B
Westercamp
A/C 43-38130 K
Russell
A/C 43-37956 L
Harkins
A/C 43-38277 O
Ryan
A/C 43-37900 M
Dunn
A/C 43-38753 C
Marschak
A/C 43-38954 G Spare
James
A/C 42-97258 P
Sprecher
A/C 44-6108 Y

[Lt Marschak, the flying spare, stayed with the formation.]

94th "B" Combat Bomb Group - High Squadron Formation at Take–Off
510th Squadron
Patterson–Huff
A/C 44-8664 D PFF
Dantzler–Streetman
A/C 44-8280 H
Williams
A/C 43-38465 A
Rebo–Mahnke
A/C 43-39020 C
Smith
A/C 43-39001 M
Hollister
A/C 43-37665 N
Oen
A/C 44-6610 B
Dahlborg
A/C 43-37705 V
Stamps
A/C 42-97252 K
Haft
A/C 43-39156 T
Peterson, A.E.
A/C 42-97216 U Spare
Kirkland
A/C 43-38435 O
Grissom
A/C 43-38694 D


94th "B" Combat Bomb Group - High Squadron Formation Over Target
510th Squadron
Patterson–Huff
A/C 44-8664 D PFF
Dantzler–Streetman
A/C 44-8280 H
Williams
A/C 43-38465 A
Rebo–Mahnke
A/C 43-39020 C
Smith
A/C 43-39001 M
Hollister
A/C 43-37665 N
Oen
A/C 44-6610 B
Dahlborg
A/C 43-37705 V
Stamps
A/C 42-97252 K
Haft
A/C 43-39156 T
Peterson, A.E.
A/C 42-97216 U
Grissom
A/C 43-38694 D

[Lt Kirkland flew with the Low Squadron. Lt Peterson, the flying Spare, filled in Lt Kirkland's position.]

94th "B" Combat Bomb Group - Low Squadron Formation at Take–Off
509th Squadron
Peterson, T.G.–Creek
A/C 44-8374 U GH-PFF
Quinn
A/C 44-8617 G
Thomson
A/C 44-6156 R
Potter
A/C 44-6907 P
Workman
A/C 43-38920 O
Brennan
A/C 43-37964 M
Day
A/C 43-38070 V
Cole
A/C 42-97193 D
Hammett
A/C 43-38666 T
Drake
A/C 43-38640 C
Bird
A/C 43-38428 A
Grigsby
A/C 44-6566 F


94th "B" Combat Bomb Group - Low Squadron Formation Over Target
509th Squadron
Peterson, T.G.–Creek
A/C 44-8374 U GH-PFF
Quinn
A/C 44-8617 G
Thomson
A/C 44-6156 R
Potter
A/C 44-6907 P
Workman
A/C 43-38920 O
Brennan
A/C 43-37964 M
Day
A/C 43-38070 V
Cole
A/C 42-97193 D
Hammett
A/C 43-38666 T
Drake
A/C 43-38640 C
Kirkland
A/C 43-38435 O
Bird
A/C 43-38428 A
Grigsby
A/C 44-6566 F

[Lt Kirkland, from the High Squadron, flew with the Low Squadron.]

Time Schedule:
Zero Hour: 0830 BST [British Standard Time]  Briefing: Enlisted Men 0345; Officers 0415 Stations: 0835 Start Engines: 0845 Taxi: 0900 Take-Off: 0915  Leave Base: 0915 [Breakfast: Enlisted Men 0245; Officers 0315]

[Wounded On Mission: 0]
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