351st Bomb Group

Polebrook, England

Group Mission #305

Credited Mission #298

 
DATE: 30 Mar. 1945
Target: Docks & Naval Installations, Bremen, 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. Docks & Naval Installations, Bremen [Germany]
    2. PFF Primary: 2. Same as Visual
    3. Visual Secondary: ____
    4. PFF Secondary: ____
    5. Last Resort Target: ____

  4. S-2 [Intelligence] Information:

  5. Weather:

  6. Time Schedule:
    Zero Hour: - 1200Stations: - 1015
    Start Engines: - 1025Taxi: - 1040
    Take Off: - 1055Last Take Off: - 1150
    Intercept Group atCromerat20,500 ft.
    Target Time: - 1405ETR [Estimated Time
       of Return]:

    - 1740
    Depart English Coast at: 1259at Cromer

    Time on oxygen: 5 hours

    TIME TICK [Set your watches.]

  7. Loadings:
     Gasoline: 2,300 Gallons
     Bombs: 12 x 500 G.P. [General Purpose] 1/10 x 1/100 [Fuses]

  8. Intervalometer Settings: Visual - Salvo;  H2X - 75 Ft.

  9. Chaff: Commence discharge of chaff at - IP [Initial Point of Bomb Run], Continue for 15 minutes.
        Each A/C [Aircraft] will carry - 360 units.

  10. Disposition of Forces:

    3 Divisions will be dispatched. The 1st Air Division will depart England 3rd preceded by 3rd Division and preceded 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:
    Lead40th AAttackingBremen (Railroad Bridge)
    2nd41st AAttackingBremen (Naval Armament)
    3rdAttacking
    4thAttacking
    2nd Division targets areWillhelmshafen
    3rd Division targets areHamburg

  11. Fighter Cover: 10 Gps. of P-51's Plus 3 Groups of P-51's Free Lance in Target Area.
    1 Group P-51's for Close Support for 94th A & B.

  12. Assembly:
    Lead at16,500feet on Kings Cliffe BuncherRed-GreenFlares
    High at17,500feet onKings CliffeBuncherGreen-GreenFlares
    Low at15,500feet onKings CliffeBuncherRed-RedFlares
    401st at15,000feet onCottesmoreBuncherRed-YellowFlares
    457th at15,000feet onGlattonBuncherRed-YellowFlares
    Combat Wing Assembly Line: 5315N - 0055E
    Division Assembly Line: Kings Lynn to Cromer
    2 minutes interval between Groups.
    Reference altitude: 24,000'
    Bombing altitude: 26,000'
    Point for instrument let-down Kings Cliffe magnetic heading of 20 degrees.

  13. Call Signs:
    351stWoodcraft Baker
    401stWoodcraft Charlie
    457thWoodcraft Able
    1st Div. Air CommanderCol. Mustoe
    94th CBW Air CommanderLt. Col. Peresich

  14. The following ships will monitor [Radio Channels]- "B" - Q-565, R-156, H-412; "C" - 8th A.F. - V-705; "C" - 67th Fighter Wing - S-512.
    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 #3 A/C of each sqdn. report to Photo Lab.
      The A/C are: B-610, M-964, G-954
     c. Ball Turret Gunners of the following A/C report to Photo Lab: C-020, P-907, B-592, G-954, M-900
     d. Camera A/C: D-694, D-193, O-082
      return at  Continental Coast Out [Bound]
     e. Spares to turn back at 04° East - Going In
     f. PFF A/C fly as deputy lead - Lead Sqdn., Lead of Low Sqdn.
     g. GH A/C fly as Lead & Deputy of Lead Sq. and High & Low Sqdns.
     h. REMARKS: 
       No targets of opportunity are to be attacked.
       If No. 1 & No. 2 targets cannot be attacked bombs will be brought back.

  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 - 30 March, 1945.
    1. Target Attacked:  The No. 2 Target, Bremen, Germany, was attacked by H2X methods. The Lead Squadron was able to make a visual assist when the target area became visible shortly before bombs away.
    2. Force: 94th “B” Group. Thirty eight aircraft, including four H2X ships and two flying spares, were dispatched.
    3. Position: The 94th “B” Group departed from the English coast in its briefed position as the eighth group in the First Division Formation. However, after the 94th “A” Group made a 180° turn off the English coast, it flew as the seventh group.
    4. Lead Teams
      Group Lead
      Air Commander: Colonel Merlin L. Carter
      Pilot:Captain Norman A. Trapp
      Navigator:Major William F. Bounds
      Bombardier:1st Lt. Clarence L. Hunter

      Low Squadron
      Leader: 1st Lt. Frederick F. Horns
      Pilot:1st Lt. Edwin L. Olson
      Navigator:1st Lt. Frank D. Fuller
      Bombardier:2nd Lt. Salvatore R. Cacace

      High Squadron
      Leader: 1st Lt. Joseph E. Parker
      Pilot:2nd Lt. Autrey L. Lowe
      Navigator:1st Lt. Edward J. LeFevre
      Bombardier:1st Lt. Edward H. Dengel
  2. Narrative.
    1.  Squadron and Group Assembly: The assembly was scheduled to be made over the Kings Cliffe buncher at an altitude of 16,500 feet. Cloud cover at the briefed altitude and above, however, made it necessary to climb to 21,500 feet and to start the assembly five miles north of the buncher. The clouds later cleared over the buncher and it became possible to continue the assembly over it. The 94th “A” Group informed the “B” and “C” Groups that it was going directly to Control Point #1 and was departing from its assembly area at the briefed altitude.
    2.  Route Over England: Departure from the assembly area was made at an altitude of 21,500 feet and on time (1226). The briefed route was followed with little divergency and the check points between the assembly area and Control Point #1 were reached with no more than two minutes variance from the briefed times. The altitude of 22,500 feet put the formation 2,000 feet above the briefed height at Control Point #1. As the formation approached Control Point #1, the 94th “A” Group was seen below breaking through the cloud cover with only its Lead Squadron in formation. The 94th “B” and “C” Groups soon got into position behind the Wing Leader, and departed from the English coast at the briefed point. The altitude at the departure point was 22,500 feet, 2,000 feet above the briefed height. The 94th “B” was two minutes early at that point.
    3.  Division Assembly Line: The briefed Division Assembly Line was flown with little variance. Shortly after leaving the English coast, the 94th “A” Group made a 180° turn with the apparent intention of waiting for its High and Low Squadrons, and falling into formation farther back in the Division Column. This put the 94th “A” Group in seventh position, rather than it its briefed position as the eighth group. The climb while crossing the channel was made slower than planned, and as a result, the Dutch coast was reached 1,000 feet below the briefed height of 26,000 feet, at the briefed point.
    4.  Flight to Target: The briefed route was followed with little divergency after getting inside of the coast. The Weather Scouting Force was contacted, and it reported that the target could be attacked visually, but the presence of a large cloud in the target area might make instrument bombing necessary. The IP [Initial Point of Bomb Run] was reached at an altitude of 25,000 feet, 1,000 feet below the briefed altitude. The formation climbed to the briefed bombing altitude of 26,000 feet before reaching the target. The IP used was slightly south of the briefed route as a result of following the Division Column.
    5.  Description of Bombing Run: After crossing the IP, the Group Leader ordered the squadrons to take interval with the possibility of making either an instrument or a visual sighting.

       The Lead Squadron started an H2X run. A large cloud over the target would not permit a visual sighting, or triangulation. A break in the cloud ten to fifteen seconds before bombs away permitted the bombardier to identify the MPI [Mean Point of Impact]. A turn towards the MPI was made as much as possible in the time remaining, attempting not to have the formation in a bank at the time of release.

       As the formation did not take squadron interval at the IP, the High and Low Squadron Leaders expected to attack in group formation. When the order to take interval was given, the High Squadron was in a better position to follow the Lead Squadron than was the Low. The Low Squadron essed to the right, permitted the High Squadron to take position behind the Lead Squadron, and then fell in behind it. The target was covered by cloud, and the target area could not be seen by the lead bombardier of the High Squadron until three to four seconds before bombs away. This was not sufficient time to permit a visual assist. Due to the fact that the Low Squadron had to bank and ess to permit the High Squadron to precede it on the bomb run, the mickey [Radar] operator could not accurately call off the check points. It was decided to drop on the High Squadron.

       No interference, other than cloud cover, was encountered on the bomb run. In each instance, the C-1 Pilot [Autopilot] was used satisfactorily.
    6.  Flight From Target: After bombing, the formation flew to the outside of the briefed course in order to avoid flak. The rally was made without difficulty and the formation soon returned to the briefed route. The Division column was followed on the withdrawal. The variance from the briefed route was minor on the flight to the Dutch coast. Cycle Relay [a radio relay station] reported, before the Dutch coast was reached, that the weather was satisfactory at reference altitude less ten (14,000 feet), and the Dutch coast was crossed on course at that altitude. Clouds forced the formation down to 12,000 feet, however. Cycle Relay further reported that the formation could let down to 3,000 feet while crossing the channel. As the weather looked much better to the south of course, the Group Leader took up a heading in that direction. However, in going through clouds, the formation became scattered. The Lead Aircraft broke out of the clouds at 4,000 feet with a few ships. At mid-channel, it was found to be clear both above and below and so a heading for the briefed route was taken up. The briefed route was contacted a short distance off Cromer and was followed to the English coast, which was crossed slightly to the left of the briefed point at an altitude of 3,000 feet. The briefed route was followed to the left of course in the flight from Cromer to base. The High and Low Squadrons were told to proceed to their respective stand-off areas, but as the formation had been separated in the weather, aircraft returned to base individually.
    7.  Fighter Support: Good
    8.  Comments: No aircraft were lost. One aircraft, 43-43900, pilot Lt Marschak, was seen lagging behind the formation after the target, but landed on the continent. All crew members are reported safe. No enemy aircraft were encountered. Flak was moderate and accurate. The Weather Scouting Force was contacted and furnished accurate weather information. Four aircraft of the 457th Group attacked with this formation.
    9.  Aircraft Not Attacking: Two aircraft returned to base early. The two flying spares returned as planned.

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


STATISTICAL SUMMARY OF OPERATIONS
DIVISION FIELD ORDER NUMBER 672
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 Spares12121236
No. of Aircraft Credit Sorties12101234
No. of Effective Sorties12101234
No. of Non-Effective Sorties0202
Name of Primary TargetBREMEN, GERMANY
(A) No. of A/C Attacking Primary Target #1
(B) No., Size & Type Of Bombs
Name of Secondary Target #2BREMEN, GERMANY
(A) No. of A/C Attacking Secondary Target12101234
(B) No., Size & Type Of Bombs 141 x 500# GP  119 x 500# GP  139 x 500# GP  399 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 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 Off105010531051
Time of Attack140314041404
Total Time for Mission85:2170:5485:20241:35
Altitude of Release (Indicated)26,000’25,500’26,500’
Visual, H2X, Gee-H, M-H, Eagle, or CombinationH2XH2XH2X
Enemy Resistance – AA Intensity & AccuracyMODERATE 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 Success_____
Non-Effective Sorties1001
(A) Weather
(B) Personnel043-3895401
(C) Enemy Action
(D) Other Non-Mechanical
(E) Mechanical and Equipment042-9725801
Incidents of Mechanical & Equipment Failure:
(A) Engine0101
(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

AIRCRAFT 43-37900 (Low Squadron) AOC [Aircraft On Continent]
Four Aircraft of the 457th Group attacked with this formation.

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




Lead Bombardier’s Narrative:
Date - 30 March, 1945
Field Order # ___
Squadron or Group - Lead Sqdn., 94th CBW "B" Group
Target - Deschimag Ship-Building area at Bremen, Germany
  1. Type of Bombing (Visual, PFF or Combined)?  Combined
  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. 5/10
  5. If Visual, when was MPI [Mean Point of Impact] identified? If not actually seen, how was it located? 10 seconds before bombs away
  6. Any Interference on Bomb Run? Clouds
  7. Did C-1 [Autopilot] function satisfactory? Yes
  8. Any other factors affecting accuracy? None
  [Signed] Charles L. Hunter, Jr., 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 "B" Group
Bombardier - 1st Lt. Hunter, Clarence L., Jr.
Pilot - Col. Carter, M.L. & Capt. Trapp, N.A.
Navigator - Maj. Bounds, William F.

Aircraft B-17G   V-079  Take-off - 10:55 Landed - 17:45
Objective - Deschimag Ship-Building Area at Bremen, Germany
Aiming Point (MPI) [Mean Point of Impact] - As Briefed - PFF with visual assist.
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 - 12 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 - +10Magnetic Heading Ordered 062° Actual 045°
True Altitude Above Target - 25,500True Heading 040°
Indicated Altitude - 26,000Drift, Estimated 1° Right - Actual 10° Right
Pressure Altitude of Target +140True Track 050°
Altimeter Setting 29.92Actual Range 17,850'
Calculated Indicated Air Speed - 150KBomb Sight Type - M-9
True Air Speed - 228KTime of Release 14:03
Ground Speed Est. 317 Actual 312Length of Bombing Run - 52 N.M. [Nautical Miles]
Wind Direction Metro - 230° Actual - 266°Intervalometer Setting - 75'
Wind Velocity Metro 77K Actual 58K C-1 Pilot [Autopilot] - X [Used]
D.S. - 125.7  Trail - 61   ATF - 42.18A-5 Pilot _____
Tan. D.A, Est. .71 Actual .70 Manual Pilot ____

Type of Release - Train 75'
Point of Impact If Seen - Unobserved
Mean Temp. Metro -15.5 Actual -15
Winds - Altitude - 25,500 Ft.  Direction - Metro 230°  Actual 266°  Velocity - Metro 77K  Actual 58K
Temp C. - Metro -40° C. Actual -37° C.



Preliminary Damage Assessment:
  1. The three squadrons of this group attacked as a priority 2 target the Deschimag Ship-building area at Bremen, Germany. The target area is partially obscured by 4/10ths clouds but photo cover is complete for all squadrons.
  2. The bombs of the lead squadron fell into the dock area just left of the target area. There will be damage to dock installations and a large warehouse. A concentration of bombs fell across the R.R. tracks and sorting sidings that serve the dockyard. The pattern is 2550 feet by 1785 feet with the center of the pattern 2,044 feet from the assigned MPI [Mean Point of Impact]. Percentages will be approximately 09% for 1000 feet and 52% for 2000 feet.
  3. The bombs of the low squadron fell into open fields 11,520 feet left (West) of the target. No damage will be done. The pattern is 2940 feet by 2205 feet.
  4. The high squadron bombs fell 11,360 feet to the left and over the assigned MPI. There is a possibility of two hits on a R.R. line but the majority of the bombs hit in a slightly built up residential area with slight damage. The pattern is 1960 feet by 1813 feet.
  [Signed:] Thomas L. Cooper, Captain, Air Corps, Group P.I. [Photo Intelligence]


Narrative Teletype Report:
  1. No leaflets were carried by this Group on today's mission.
  2. The three squadrons of this Group bombed the naval armaments works at Bremen, German. Bombing was done in squadron formation with the Low Squadron bombing on the High. The lead squadron bombed by PFF methods only. Photos show the target area partially obscured by 3-4/10 clouds but the patterns of all squadrons can be seen. The bombs of the lead squadron fell into the Dock area approximately ½ mile NW of the assigned MPI [Mean Point of Impact] with damage to dock installations. The High squadron bombs fell 2 miles NW of the target with little damage done. The pattern of the Low Squadron fell approximately 2 miles W of the assigned MPI, landing mainly in open fields with little damage. Mickey operator of the lead Squadron estimates his results to be good, and the Mickey operators of the Low and High Squadron estimate their bomb fall [was] left of the MPI.
  3. No E/A [Enemy Aircraft] were encountered and no claims [of enemy aircraft being shot down] are being submitted.
  4. The only flak encountered throughout the mission was in the target area, where it was moderate and accurate, with evidence of both barrage and continuous following fire control.
  5. 4-5/10ths clouds were encountered in the target area, with tops of 6,000 feet. The Low and High Squadrons encountered clouds over the target making PFF bombing necessary. Heavy cumulous clouds were encountered off the Dutch coast, the tops of which were 23,000 and base 5,000 feet.
  6. Some rolling stock was noted in the M/Y [R.R. Marshalling Yard] at Osnabruck. At 5234 N 0605E four barges were noted.
  7. The four PFF sets worked well and were used for both bombing and navigational aid. Fighter support was good. The Scouting Force was heard and information was correct. Our a/c M-900 has not returned to this base and last contact with this group he was heard calling QDM asking for landing instructions from B-78 (Holland) [Eindhoven, Netherlands]. Four ships from 457th Bomb Group (Glatton) bombed behind our Low Squadron. These a/c numbers are H-509, S-863, S-097, 087.
  8. Assembly over the Buncher was attempted at 16,500 feet, but thick clouds forced them to 21,000 feet. Heavy cloud formations were still encountered at this altitude so the planes flew to miles north of the Buncher in order to give the other two Groups plenty of room over the Buncher. At this position weather was still bad and they saw it begin to open up over the Buncher so they returned slightly W of the Buncher and assembled there. They left the English coast two minutes early at 22,500 feet and from there climbed to the briefed altitude. The group was on course one minute early and reached their IP one minute early. Time over target was one minute early and bombing was done from the briefed altitude. The first turn after bombs away was broadened out and they were one minute ahead of time at the second and third turns after target. They dropped off altitude until formation was at 14,000 feet just before Dutch Coast where heavy clouds were encountered. The formation went down to 6,000 feet and then to 4,000 feet in an attempt to break into the clear. They then went 14 miles S of course at about mid-Channel and then back to course which made them 2 minutes late at the English coast. Since the weather was still bad the High and Low Squadrons were sent to stand-off area. Some of the a/c did not get the signal and scattered and proceeded to base by the best route. The remainder of the Squadrons proceeded to base as per SOP [Standard Operating Procedure].


Abortive Report
Aircraft No. G-38954 Squadron - 508 Low  Date - 30 Mar. 1945
  1. PILOT'S STATEMENT:
    1. Reason for abortive Run Away Prop #3 couldn't control with feather button until 17,000'. Prop still ran away until we were on the ground.
    2. Place and altitude 17,000 over Wash [an inlet NE of Polebrook]
    3. Time 12:58
    4. Position in formation #3 Low Lead
    5. Disposition of bombs Returned
    6. Remarks ____
    7. Time & Date dispatched ____
      (Pilot's Signature) Robert H. Murray


Abortive Report
Aircraft No. P-258 Squadron - 508 - Low  Date - 30 March, 1945
  1. PILOT'S STATEMENT:
    1. Reason for abortive No 3 Prop runway - bolts were sheared - No feathering possible.
    2. Place and altitude 21,500 - Just off English coast.
    3. Time 13:10
    4. Position in formation Low Sqdn. - No 3 in Low
    5. Disposition of bombs Point A. - Safe
    6. Remarks Clear underneath airplane at 15,500 T.
    7. Time & Date dispatched 2/14/45
      (Pilot's Signature) Virgil J. Westercamp, 2nd Lt, Air Corps


Abortive Report
Aircraft No. F-566 Squadron - 509  Date - 30 March, 1945
  1. PILOT'S STATEMENT:
    1. Reason for abortive Flying Spare
    2. Place and altitude 4°E 52°45'N - 24,500'
    3. Time 1326
    4. Position in formation Spare
    5. Disposition of bombs Brought Back
    6. Remarks Formation Full - Low - Low of the Low was dragging - otherwise O.K. 401 A/C flying #3 of Low Sq.
    7. Time & Date dispatched ____
      (Pilot's Signature) William A. Day


Abortive Report
Aircraft No. L-515 Squadron - 510  Date - Mar. 30, 1945
  1. PILOT'S STATEMENT:
    1. Reason for abortive Flying Spare
    2. Place and altitude 52°54'N - 04°00'E
    3. Time 1322
    4. Position in formation fill in diamond in high element of lead
    5. Disposition of bombs Brought Back
    6. Remarks ____
    7. Time & Date dispatched ____
      (Pilot's Signature) Lt Dantzler by M.E. Ullom


“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: None
    Sqdn 509th A/C: None
    Sqdn 510th A/C: B–6610, C–9020, D–8694, G–7862, K–72529, M–9001, Q–6565, S–7512, T–9156, V–7705, (L–7515 Spare)
    Sqdn 511th A/C: D–8664 PFF, V–8079 PFF

    b. 94th Combat Wing "B" Group   Low Squadron - 351st Group
    Sqdn 508th A/C: A–8410, C–8753, D–6082, G–8954, H–8412, L–7956, M–7900, P–7258, Q–8799, P–7258, Q–8799, U–8813, Y–6108
    Sqdn 509th A/C: None
    Sqdn 510th A/C: None
    Sqdn 511th A/C: Y–7651 PFF

    c. 94th Combat Wing "B" Group   High Squadron - 351st Group
    Sqdn 508th A/C: None
    Sqdn 509th A/C: A–8428, B–8592, D–7193, G–8617, M–7964, O–8920, P–6907, R–6156, T–8666, U–8591, Z–7696, (F–6566 Spare)
    Sqdn 510th A/C: None
    Sqdn 511th A/C: (Z–8774 PFF)
  2. Target: GR-3586
  3. W/T and R/T Operational Call Sign of each Squadron:
    Squadron508 [Call Sign]W/T NFA R/T CARLTONSquadron510 [Call Sign]W/T KAB R/T TIPSTAFF
    Squadron509 [Call Sign]W/T MNL R/T HOTMINTSquadron511 [Call Sign]W/T TOL R/T PARTNERSHIP
  4. Taxi – 1040; Take-Off – 1055; E.T.D. Field – 1226
  5. Time:Height:Place of Crossing English Coast: (OUT)
    125920,500 FtCromer
  6. Time:Height:Place of Crossing Enemy Coast: (IN)
    132726,000 Ft52°45'N-04°38'E [Leihoek, Netherlands]
  7. Time:Height:Place of Crossing Enemy Coast: (Out)
    155923,500 Ft52°45'N-04°38'E [Leihoek, Netherlands]
  8. Time:Height:Place of Crossing English Coast: (IN)
    17065,000 FtCromer
  9. E.T.R.(Estimated Time of Return) Base: 1740 Hours
  10. MF/DF [Medium Frequency/Direction Finder] Section: "G"
  11. Bomb load of Each A/C: "A" Lead Box
    Lead Squadron: 13 A/C - 12 x 500 G.P.'s - 1/10 x 1/100 [Fuses]
    Low Squadron: 12 A/C - 12 x 500 G.P.'s - 1/10 x 1/100 [Fuses]
    High Squadron: 13 A/C - 12 x 500 G.P.'s - 1/10 x 1/100 [Fuses]
    ___ Squadron:
  12. Fuel Load of each A/C: 2300 Gallons
  13. Leaders:
    Lead Sqdn: Rank & Name: Col. Carter A/C No & Sqdn. V-8079 PFF (511)
    Low Sqdn: Rank & Name: 1/Lt Horns A/C No & Sqdn. Y-7651 PFF (511)
    High Sqdn: Rank & Name: 1/Lt Parker A/C No & Sqdn. Z-8774 PFF (511)
  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 "B" Combat Bomb Group - Lead Squadron Formation at Take–Off and Over Target
510th Squadron
Col. Carter–Trapp
A/C 44-8079 V PFF
Morasca–Brown
A/C 44-6610 B
Maish
A/C 44-8664 D PFF
Brooks–Adams
A/C 43-39020 C
Peterson
A/C 43-39001 M
Dahlborg
A/C 43-37705 V
Haskins
A/C 43-37512 S
Garner
A/C 43-37862 G
Kirkland
A/C 44-6565 Q
Rebo–Stamps
A/C 43-39156 T
Dantzler
A/C 43-37515 L Spare
Hollister
A/C 42-97252 K
Gottschalk
A/C 43-38694 D

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

94th "B" Combat Bomb Group - High Squadron Formation at Take–Off and Over Target
509th Squadron
Parker
A/C 44-8774 Z PFF
Brennan
A/C 43-37964 M
Sexton
A/C 43-37696 Z
Potter
A/C 44-6907 P
Crews
A/C 44-8617 G
Sanford
A/C 43-38592 B
Bird
A/C 43-38428 A
Thomson
A/C 44-6156 R
Workman
A/C 43-38920 O
Wefel
A/C 43-38666 T
Day
A/C 44-6566 F Spare
Weber
A/C 42-97193 D
Ware
A/C 43-38591 U

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

94th "B" Combat Bomb Group - Low Squadron Formation at Take–Off
508th Squadron
Horns
A/C 42-97651 Y PFF
Murray
A/C 43-38954 G
Wisdom
A/C 43-38813 U
Hansen
A/C 44-6108 Y
Beringer
A/C 44-8410 A
Westercamp
A/C 42-97258 P
Sprecher
A/C 43-38753 C
Barnard
A/C 43-38799 Q
Sandel
A/C 44-8412 H
Bennett
A/C 43-37956 L
Marschak
A/C 43-37900 M
Hart, G.
A/C 44-6082 D


94th "B" Group Low Squadron Formation Over–Target
508th Squadron
Horns
A/C 42-97651 Y PFF
Sandel
A/C 44-8412 H
Wisdom
A/C 43-38813 U
Hansen
A/C 44-6108 Y
Beringer
A/C 44-8410 A
Westercamp
A/C 42-97258 P
Sprecher
A/C 43-38753 C
Barnard
A/C 43-38799 Q
Bennett
A/C 43-37956 L
Marschak
A/C 43-37900 M
Hart, G.
A/C 44-6082 D

[Lt Murray aborted. Lt Sandel filled in his position.]
[Lt Westercamp aborted.]

Time Schedule:
Zero Hour: 1200 BST [British Standard Time]  Briefing: Enlisted Men 0730; Officers 0800 Stations: 1015 Start Engines: 1025 Taxi: 1040 Take-Off:1055  [Breakfast: Enlisted Men 0630; Officers 0700]

[Wounded On Mission: 0]
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