351st Bomb Group

Polebrook, England

Group Mission #160

Credited Mission #154

 
DATE: 28 Jun. 1944
Target: Airdrome at Laon–Couvron, France
 
Briefing Outline:
  1. Airplane and Crew Assignment Check.
  2. Time Schedule:
     A Box B Box
    Stations   –0400Stations   –0410
    Start Engines –0410Start Engines –0420
    Taxi     –0420Taxi     –0430
    Take Off   –0435Take Off   –0445
    Last Take Off –0530 – At ClactonLast Take Off –___

  3. Targets:
    Primary: Plan “A” - Laon–Couvron   Plan “B” - Saarbruken
    Secondary: Any military objective not adjacent to built up area.
    Last Resort: Any military objective not adjacent to built up area.

  4. Loading:
    351 “A”: 38 x 100 LB. GP - 1/100 [Tail Fuse]
    351 “B”: 38 x 100 LB. GP - 1/100 [Tail Fuse]
    Composite: ____
    Nickels [Propaganda Leaflets] in Ship # - None
    Chaff: ____

  5. Gasoline Loading: Full - Use all you want.
    Remarks: ____

  6. Wing Formation94th (A) CBW94th (B) CBWComp. GroupComp. CBW
    Lead401457
    Low401457
    High351st351st

  7. Division Formation:   ZERO [Hour] = 0630
    PositionCBW [Combat Wing]TargetDeparture Time at Coast
    Lead1 A2 min. intervals (Zero Hour)
    2nd1 B
    3rd94 A
    4th94 B
    5th40 A
    6th40 B
    7th41 A
    8th41 B
    2nd DivisionSaarbrucken
    3rd DivisionParis Area
    Marauders
    RAF [Royal Air Force]

    Remarks: ____

  8. Fighter Cover:
    • [Force][Latitude & Longitude][Call Sign]
      2 Grps. P-47’s  [English] Coast To 51°44’N-03°50’E [Ellemeet, Netherlands]  (Balance 1-1 & 1-2) 
      2 Grps. P-38’s Target Area  3-1 & 3-2 

  9. Group Assembly: Plan A
    BoxAltitudePlace
    A (High)12,500'Glatton
    B14,500'Cottesmore
    Group Assembly: Plan B
    BoxAltitudePlace
    A12,500'Glatton
    B14,500'Cottesmore

  10. Navigator - _____
  11. S-2 - _____
  12. Weather - _____
  13. Special Instructions to Gunners, Bombardiers, and Radio Operators:
    Spares turn back at mid-channel.
    Camera ships instructed to return early. Will depart formation at ____
    (J-971 - X-571), (K-557 - Y-108)
    Chaff, if discharged, will be discharged 2 min. before IP [Initial Point of Bomb Run] for 10 [mins.].

  14. Squadron Leaders and Group Deputy report to Target Room. All but Pilots Dismissed.
  15. (A) Code Words –
    PFF Bombing –IP – Hot Lips
    Visual Bombing -____
    Authenticator –Hot Dog
    Recall -A – Horse & Saddle, B – Boots & Spurs
    Weather Code -VITAB
    Release "CHAFF" -Tin Hat

    (B) Call Signs:
    Call SignFlaresRemarks
    351st AWoodcraft Able (High)G [Green]
    351st BWoodcraft Baker (High)G
    401st AWoodcraft Able (Lead)RY
    401st BWoodcraft Able (Low)R
    457th AWoodcraft Baker (Lead)RY
    457th BWoodcraft Baker (Low)R
    Composite
    1st C.B.W.
    40th C.B.W.
    41st C.B.W.
    Composite C.B.W.

    (C)
    U.S. FightersBalance
    R.A.F. Fighters
     BombersVinegrove (Plan A) A 1-3, B 1-4; (Plan B) A 2-3; B 2-4
    U.S. Grnd. ControlColgate
    R.A.F. Grnd. Control

    Control Points:Fighter Reference Points:
    _____F - Brussels
    _____L - Charleville
    _____I - Nancy
    _____G – Saarbrucken
    _____H – St. Quentin
    _____T - Paris

    Remarks: ____

    (D)
    Colors of the Day
    TimeColorLetterChallenge
    0200 – 0800RGSI
    0800 – 1400YYMC
    1400 – 2000GYJY

    (E) Ships To Monitor [Radio Channels A, B, C & D]
    1. - All except following:
    2. - S-512, K-557
    3. - X-571, L-676
    4. - Air Sea Rescues - all have available

  16. Let-Down on ____, if overcast.
    351st A  Glatton X 45° Mag. [Magnetic Compass Heading]
    351st B  Cottesmore Y 15° Mag. [Magnetic Compass Heading]
    401st A   ___° Mag.
    457th A   ___° Mag.

  17. Flying Control. –
    1. Taxi Plan.
    2. Emergency Fields.
    3. Landing Aids.

  18. Special Instructions: Lead and deputy of each box will take off early - #3 man delay until cleared by light.
    Leaders get in position before wingmen even show up.
    Clamp down on VHF chatter. Radio silence will be observed.
    Check transmitter button intermittently.
    Plan “A” – Bradwell - 51°44’N-00°54’E
    Plan “B” – Ludham - 52°43’N-01°55’E

[At 0333 hours group received a Teletype message (Field Order 412 Annex 3), which said, "Execute Plan "A". Repeat Execute Plan "A" "]


Operational Narrative – High Boxes of 94th “A” & “B” CBW:
  1. General Narrative. “A” Box. Twelve aircraft and one flying spare were scheduled to fly as the High Box of the 94th “A” CBW. Take off was made as scheduled at 1130 hours. The assembly of the CBW formation at the Glatton buncher was made at 13,500 feet according to the Wing SOP [Standard Operating Procedure]. The CBW was making good its formation when the Wing Leader left on course for Point A, one minute early. The route over England was flown as briefed with only slight deviation from the briefed flight plan. The formation left the English coast at Clacton on course and on time.
     The flying spare left the formation soon after mid-channel was reached, there having been no abortives. The CBW arrived at the French coast on course and on time. The route to the target was to the right of the briefed course until the IP [Initial Point of Bomb Run] was reached. This, however, caused no difficulty. Some difficulty was experienced by the High Group in maintaining the proper position due to the abrupt manner in which the Wing Leader started the climbs and let-downs and turned without warning when no turn was expected. The High Group formation, however, was kept in fair condition throughout the mission.
     The High Group took a good interval at the IP and bombing was done visually, with good results being observed. The assembly after bombing was completed without difficulty and the route back to the coast was to the left of the flight plan course. A let down from the target to the coast was made, the altitude being decreased from 25,600 feet to 20,000 feet.
     No enemy opposition was encountered except for light, inaccurate flak at the target. The cloud condition got very bad towards the English side of the Channel, and just after the two camera ships had left the formation, the box started letting down through holes, following the Wing Leader. The farther the formation went towards base, the poorer the weather became, with visibility becoming seriously restricted. Just as the English coast was reached, a diversion message was received which ordered the planes to land at 2nd Division fields. The High Group proceeded to Seething and landed with eight aircraft, two having become lost during the descent through the clouds. After a four hour lay-over, the aircraft returned to base without difficulty.
  2. General Narrative. “B” Box. The take-off of thirteen aircraft assigned to the High Group of the 94th “B” CBW was made as briefed at 0500 hours. As the deputy leader reached the briefed assembly point and altitude he received word over the VHF that the Group Leader was aborting. The Deputy Leader immediately took over the vacated position and flew as the Group Leader for the remainder of the mission.
     The briefed route was not closely followed over England. Dunnington was cut off after the departure from the assembly point. Departure from the English coast was made north of the briefed point and left of course. The formation was two minutes late at the time of the departure at an altitude of 22,000 feet.
     The enemy coast was reached nearly as briefed after having made a sharp right turn in mid-channel towards the briefed route. The high group position – above and to the right – was maintained. The enemy coast was crossed at 25,000 feet.
     The route followed over the continent was slightly to the left of the briefed course, but the variance was gradually decreased and the briefed IP was reached nine minutes late.
     The bomb run was fairly straight except for a swing to the left and then to the right, as the high group fell in behind, the low group. The town was skirted to the south in order to avoid the denser flak area on the run. The formation of the high box was good at the time of bombs away (0807) from 25,000 feet.
     The rally after bombing was quickly and easily accomplished in a right turn. No let-down was started by the Wing Leader after bombing and so an altitude of 25,000 feet was flown to the enemy coast and let-down was started.
     The let-down proceeded to about 4,000 feet over England. Bad weather made it necessary to let-down by elements through a hole. Seven of the nine remaining ships (2 were dispatched early with cameras and one besides the leader aborted) landed at Little Walden after finding it impossible to proceed further through the bad weather to the diversion field, Bottesford. All aircraft have since returned to base.
     Enemy opposition consisted of moderate and inaccurate flak along the bomb run. No enemy fighters were seen.
     The friendly escort was abundant and appeared as briefed.
     Weather difficulties offered the only real hazard. Two camera A/C returned direct to base, all others landing at diversion fields, and later returning to base that afternoon.
  3. Aircraft Not Attacking. All of the aircraft of the high box of the 94th “A” CBW attacked the primary target, the flying spare returning to base as planned.
     Aircraft 42-107005, pilot Major Richardson, returned from the Cottesmore buncher after finding it necessary to feather the #2 engine.
     Aircraft 43-37676, pilot Lt. Peterson, returned from 53°03’N-00°10’W [Just south of Coningsby, England], with a report that the #4 oil pressure and temperature gauge dropped to zero and the prop ran away. Engineering reports that the fault was in the pilot rather than the ship.
     Both of these aircraft were assigned to the high box of the 94th “B” CBW.
  4. Aircraft Lost. No aircraft were lost on the mission of 28 June, 1944.
  5. Group Leaders. Lt. Lee H. Dennis flew as high group leader of the 94th “A” CBW. Major Franklin A. Richardson was scheduled to lead the high group of the 94th “B: CBW, but after his return from the assembly point, his position was taken by Captain Robert Crews, the deputy leader.
  6. PFF A/C. Two PFF A/C were furnished to the 401st Group to lead the 94th “A” CBW and two to the 457th Group to lead the 94th “B” CBW. All four attacked their targets.

[Signed] Clinton F. Ball, Lt. Colonel, Air Corps, Operations Officer


Statistical Summary:
HIGH BOXHIGH BOXPFF A/CPFF A/CPFF A/CTOTAL
94 “A” CBW94 “B” CBWwith 351stwith 401stwith 457th
No. of A/C Scheduled131302230
No. of A/C Failed to Take Off000000
No. of A/C Taking Off131302230
No. of A/C Taking Off Less Unused Spares121302229
No. of A/C Attacking121102227
No. of A/C Not Attacking020002
No. of Sorties121102227
Name of Primary Target (PFF)Laon – Couvron, France
No. of A/C Attacking Primary (PFF)121102227
No., Size & Type Of Bombs437 x 100# GP407 x 100# GP034 x 250# GP73 x 100# GP917 x 100# GP
34 x 250# GP
2 Skymarkers2 Skymarkers4 Skymarkers
Bombs Brought Back:
  By Abortives076 x 100# GP00076 x 100# GP
  By Flying Spare38 x 100# GP000038 x 100# GP
  Other Reasons19 x 100# GP11 x 100# GP00030 x 100# GP
Total Bombs Loaded494 x 100# GP494 x 100# GP034 x 250# GP73 x 100# GP1061 x 100# GP
34 X 250# GP
2 Skymarkers2 Skymarkers4 Skymarkers
No. of A/C Lost000000


Bombardier’s Narrative – High Box 94th “A” CBW:

1. Light flak was encountered just before reaching the target. This group had to “S” in order to stay behind the Low group.
2. The C-1 pilot [Autopilot] was used at the beginning of the bomb run and was not disengaged by the pilot.
3. Picked up the target within five minutes of bombs away.
4. The briefed aiming point was used.
5. A normal turn was made at the initial point.

[Signed:] Elmer R. Robinson, 2nd Lt., Air Corps, Lead Bombardier



Bombardier’s Narrative – High Box 94th “B” CBW:

1. No difficulties encountered on the bombing run.
2. C-1 [Autopilot] used without any trouble.
3. Aiming point identified at the beginning of the bombing run.
4. Aiming point was as briefed.
5. A normal turn was made at the initial point.

[Signed:] Henry Hamel, 2nd Lt., Air Corps, Lead Bombardier



Combat Bombing Flight Record – High Box 94th “A” CBW:

Bombardier - 2nd Lt. Robinson, Elmer R.  Pilot - 1st Lt. Dennis, Lee H Navigator - 1st Lt. Washburn, William F.
Aircraft B-17G   665-N  Take-off - 0443½  Landed - 1130
Objective - A/D [Airdrome] at Laon/Couvron, France
Aiming Point (MPI) [Mean Point of Impact] - As briefed
Initial Point - As briefed
Method of Attack - Group
No. of Attacking A/C in Group: - 12   Composite Group - ____
Number A/C Dropping Bombs by own Sighting Operation: ONE
Deflection and Range Sighting, Group: ____   Composite Group - ____
Range Sighting only, Group - ____   Composite Group - ____
Bombs, Types and Sizes - 100 LB. AN-M30 G.P.
Number of Bombs Loaded - 38   Released - Same
Fusing, Nose - No   Tail - 1/100
Synchronization - On
Information at Release Point:

Altitude of Target - ___Magnetic Heading Ordered ___° Actual 273°
True Altitude Above Target - 24,500’True Heading 263°
Indicated Altitude - 25,600’Drift, Estimated 1° Right - Actual 5° Right
Pressure Altitude of Target +307True Track 268°
Altimeter Setting 29.92Actual Range 7,325'
Calculated Indicated Air Speed - 150 M.P.H.B.S. Type - Mercury
True Air Speed - 228 M.P.H.Time of Release 0802
Ground Speed Est. 290 Actual 160Length of Bombing Run - 60 sec.
Wind Direction Metro - 290° Actual - 260°Intervalometer Setting - 100’
Wind Velocity Metro 64 Actual 66 C-1 Pilot [Autopilot] X [Used]
D.S. - 119.9  Trail - 118   ATF - 44.19A-5 Pilot _____
Tan. D.A, Est. .29 Actual .36 Manual Pilot - ____

Type of Release - Train
Point of Impact If Seen - On briefed M.P.I.
Mean Temp. Metro -9 Actual -9
Winds - Altitude - 25,600 Ft.  Direction - Metro 290°  Actual 260°  Velocity - Metro 64  Actual 66
Temp C. - Metro -34° C. Actual -36° C.



Combat Bombing Flight Record – High Box 94th “B” CBW:

Bombardier - 2nd Lt. Hamel, Henry   Pilot - Captain Crews, Robert W. Navigator - 2nd Lt. Rude, Donald B.
Aircraft # 952-H  Take-off - 0445  Landed - 1100
Objective - A/D [Airdrome] at Laon/Couvron, France
Aiming Point (MPI) [Mean Point of Impact] - As briefed.
Initial Point - As briefed.
Method of Attack - Group
Number of Attacking A/C in Group - 10    Composite Group - ____
Number A/C Dropping Bombs by own sighting operation - ONE
Deflection and Range sighting, Group - ____   Composite Group - ____
Range Sighting only, Group - ____    Composite Group - ____
Bombs, Types and Sizes - 100 LB. AN-M30 G.P.
Number of Bombs Loaded - 38    Released - Same
Fusing, Nose - None    Tail - 1/100
Synchronization - On
Information at Release Point:

Altitude of Target - ____Magnetic Heading Ordered 299° Actual 285°
True Altitude Above Target - 25,400’True Heading 275°
Indicated Altitude - 25,600’Drift, Estimated 1° Right - Actual 4° Right
Pressure Altitude of Target +307True Track 279°
Altimeter Setting 29.92Actual Range 7,325.4880'
Calculated Indicated Air Speed - 150 M.P.H.B.S. Type - M-9
True Air Speed - 228 M.P.H.Time of Release 0807
Ground Speed Est. 160 Actual 146Length of Bombing Run - 3 min.
Wind Direction Metro - 260° Actual - 260°Intervalometer Setting - 100’
Wind Velocity Metro 64 Actual 64 C-1 Pilot [Autopilot] X [Used]
D.S. - 119.9  Trail - 118   ATF - 44.19A-5 Pilot _____
Tan. D.A, Est. .29 Actual .36 Manual Pilot _____

Type of Release - Train
Point of Impact If Seen - On briefed M.P.I.
Mean Temp. Metro -9 Actual -9
Winds - Altitude - 25,600 Ft.  Direction - Metro 260° Actual 260° Velocity - Metro 64 Actual 64
Temp C. - Metro -34° C. Actual -36° C.



Preliminary Damage Assessment:
  1. The target for the two boxes of this group was the A/D [Airdrome] and dispersal areas at Laon/Couvron, France. Photo cover was complete for both boxes.
  2. The target for the “A” box was the intersection of the two runways. The greatest concentration fell in the target area and both runways are hit. Approximately 50% of the bombs fell on the runways. The pattern is 6,540 feet by 1,744 feet with the actual MPI [Mean Point of Impact] 654 feet to the right of the briefed MPI.
  3. The target for the “B” box was the North dispersal area. The pattern covered the area with the MPI as briefed. A hangar received several hits and six dispersal sheds are covered by bursts. Five dispersal sheds are unhit. The area covered by bombs is 6,332 feet by 1,962 feet.
[Signed:] Thomas L. Cooper, Captain, Air Corps, Group P.I. [Photo Intelligence] Officer

"A" Box"B" Box
PilotLt. DennisPilotCaptain Crews
Bomb.Lt. RobinsonBomb.Lt. Hamel
Nav.Lt. WashburnNav.Lt. Rude
Heading270°Heading285°
Bombs Away0802Bombs Away0807


S-2 [Intelligence] Tactical Interrogation Form:

Mission: Laon/Couvron     Date: 28 June

  1. Immediate Action Report (by telephone; time limit in Field Order).
    1. Bombing Results, with as much detail as possible: Good for “A” Box; Good for “B” Box
      Visual or Photographic?
    2. Observations:
      Give time, place, and altitude of observing A/C [Aircraft]. Nil – E/A [Enemy Aircraft]
      1. Military movements, including estimate of numbers, description, direction and speed of movement, and location: Nil
      2. E/A [Enemy Aircraft] activities, giving numbers, types, and locations of both ground and air activities: Nil – E/A   Moderate inaccurate flak over target.
      3. Enemy naval activities, giving numbers, types, course, heading and estimated speed: Nil
      4. Other important observations: Nil
  2. Final Report (by telephone within 3 hours).
    1. Target, by objective number: Z 137
    2. 351 Bomb Group
      1. Dispatched: 26, “A” 13, “B” 13
      2. Attacking, Primary: “A” 12, “B” 11
                other: None
      3. Time: “A” 0802 “B” 0807
      4. Altitude: 25,500’
    3. Bombs on Targets, by Targets
      1. Number: “A” 418, “B” 456
      2. Size: 100
      3. Type: GP
      4. Fuzings: No nose, 1/100 tail
    4. A/C [Aircraft] Lost
      1. By E/A [Enemy Aircraft]:
      2. By A/A [Anti Aircraft Fire - Flak]: Nil
      3. Non-Enemy (Crashes on Take-Off, etc.):
      4. Other:
    5. Claims [of shooting down E/A]: Nil
    6. Sorties [number of A/C completing the mission]: 23
    7. No. A/C Returning Early, (with Brief Reasons): 1 spare, 2 mechanical
    8. Other Information, If Important:
      PFF, if used: None
      Fighter Support: Good
      Miscellaneous: Nil
    9. Additional Information (if any) on Bombing Results: Nil
    10. Additional Observations: 5 ships, quite small, in small bay West of Neuzen - 51°20’N-03°34’E – anchored.
    11. Flak: Brussels – meager and inaccurate
         Target – moderate and inaccurate
         Ghent – meager and inaccurate
    12. E/A Opposition: Nil
    13. Battle Damage (estimated)
      A. Major: Unavailable
      B. Minor:
    14. Weather: Good over target – up to 25,000 feet coming back over England.

Track Chart:
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Combat Crew Comments:


    508th Squadron
A/C 357-K: Electrical system should be taken out of the bomb racks; I’ve flown this kind of ship on 10 missions, and only twice have the bombs all dropped at the right time. – Lt. Taylor.
A/C 971-J: It takes too long for navigators to get to aircraft when 15 or 20 are put in one truck after briefing and taken out to ships. – Lt. Swenson.

    509th Squadron
A/C 108-Y: Just before target and on the way home, we kept being run into the lead element. Air speed varied continually, and was too low most of the time. – Lt. Johnston.

    511th Squadron
A/C 571-X: When do promotions come along, especially for officers? – Enlisted Men.

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



Mission Summary Report:
  1. Abortives and Flying Spares:
    1. Airplane No. 43-37676, 509th Squadron, returned early because the #4 oil pressure gauge indicated zero, according to the Pilot’s statement, however, Pilot was able to feather and unfeather engine propeller and the engine operated normally. Investigation revealed a broken line to the oil pressure gauge. (Personnel).
    2. Airplane No. 43-37515, 510th Squadron, returned early as planned.
    3. Airplane No. 42-107005, 510th Squadron, returned early because of failure of #2 exhaust stack flange, causing burned cylinder and cowling. (Mechanical).
  2. Battle Damage:
    1. Airplane No. 42-31711, 508th Squadron. Flak hole underside of right wing inboard panel, hitting induction system inside of wing and damaging skin and corrugation. Small flak skin hole right side of fuselage under Bombardier’s window.
    2. Airplane No. 42-37571, 511th Squadron. Flak entered bottom of tail section and emerged through left elevator trim tab. Flak hole through left wing tip. Flak damage to #1 nacelle, clipping hydraulic line to cowl flap and brace to intercooler.
    3. Airplane No. 42-97649 (PFF), 511th Squadron. Two flak holes through left wing inboard panel, skin and corrugation damage. Flak damaged #1 cylinders of both #1 and #3 engines. One flak hole through left elevator. One flak hole through right aileron. One flak hole through left wing tip, skin damage only. One flak hole through right inboard wing panel, damaging stringer and skin.
    4. Airplane No. 42-107046, 511th Squadron. Two flak holes underside of left wing inboard panel, damaging skin, stringer, and brace of rear main spar. Flak damage to #1 nacelle, damaging oil vent line and left magneto.
    5. Airplane No. 43-37524, 511th Squadron. Flak hole underside of right wing tip. Flak hole left aileron. Two flak holes underside left wing, skin damage only. Flak hole left side of fuselage, just forward of elevator, skin damage only.

    TOTAL A/C DAMAGEDMINOR DAMAGE DAMAGED BY FLAK
    555
[Signed:] Carl A. Ekblad, Captain, Air Corps, Group Engineering Officer


Aircraft Returning Early:

Aircraft No. 005 Squadron - 509   Pilot - Hales - Richardson
Time of Abortive - 0514  Location when Aborted - Circling Cottesmore Buncher
Reason - #2 Engine – Cyl. head temp. went to 300°. Sparks and flames emerged from cowling and oil spurted over wing & tail. Engine was feathered. Upon landing preliminary inspection revealed #1 exhaust stack broken off. Baffle plate & cyl. fins burned off. Bolts holding cowling burnt.
Disposition of Bombs: Returned
Altitude At Time of Aborting: 14,500’
Enemy Opposition Encountered - None
Remarks: None
[Signed] FA Richardson, Major, Air Corps.



Aircraft No. 676 Squadron - 509   Pilot - Einer Peterson
Time of Abortive - 0510  Location when Aborted - 53°03’N-00°10’W [South of Coningsby, England]
Reason - No. 4 oil pressure & temperature gauge dropped to 0 - feathered engine. Unfeathered and prop ran away – feathered prop. Tried to climb – ship climbed slow. Returned to base.
Disposition of Bombs: No.
Altitude At Time of Aborting: 7,000’
Enemy Opposition Encountered -
Remarks:
[Signed] Einer Peterson



“J” Form:
  1. Last Four numbers and Call Letter of A/C in each Squadron:
    a. 94th "A" Combat Wing   High Box
    Sqdn 508th A/C: 7349–B, 2971–J, 7727–N, 2949–G
    Sqdn 509th A/C: None
    Sqdn 510th A/C: 7665–N, 2955–P, 7124–F, 7512–S, (7515–L Spare)
    Sqdn 511th A/C: 7524–D, 7571–X, 7046–Z, 7492–B
    P.F.F. Sqdn ___ A/C: ____

    b. 94th "B" Combat Wing   High Box
    Sqdn 508th A/C: 1711–F, 7557–K, 8146–D, 7252–K
    Sqdn 509th A/C: 7595–O, 6108–Y, 7676–L, 7926–X, (1384–T Spare)
    Sqdn 510th A/C: None
    Sqdn 511th A/C: 7005–Q, 2952–H, 1714–R, 7318–S
  2. Target: Z-137
  3. W/T and R/T Operational Call Sign of each Squadron:
    Squadron508 [Call Sign]W/T LWW R/T CARLTONSquadron510 [Call Sign]W/T JUN R/T TIPSTAFF
    Squadron509 [Call Sign]W/T PND R/T HOTMINTSquadron511 [Call Sign]W/T LXP R/T PARTNERSHIP
  4. a. "A" High Box: Taxi – 0420; Take-Off – 0435; E.T.D. Field – 0435
    b. "B" High Box: Taxi – 0430; Take-Off – 0445; E.T.D. Field – 0445
  5. Time:Height:  Place of Crossing English Coast: (OUT)
    063421,000 Ft Clacton
  6. Time:Height:  Place of Crossing Enemy Coast: (IN)
    070125,800 Ft 51°44'N-03°50'E [Scharendijke, Netherlands]
  7. Time:Height:  Place of Crossing Enemy Coast: (Out)
    084120,800 Ft 51°44'N-03°50'E [Scharendijke, Netherlands]
  8. Time:Height:  Place of Crossing English Coast: (IN)
    09255,000 Ft Clacton
  9. E.T.R.(Estimated Time of Return) Base: 0957 Hours
  10. MF/DF [Medium Frequency/Direction Finder] Section: "G"
  11. Bomb load of Each A/C: "A" High Box
    508 Squadron: 38 x 100 lb. GP No Nose [Fuse] - 1/100 Tail
    509 Squadron: None
    510 Squadron: 38 x 100 lb. GP No Nose [Fuse] - 1/100 Tail
    511 Squadron: 38 x 100 lb. GP No Nose [Fuse] - 1/100 Tail


    Bomb load of Each A/C: "B" High Box
    508 Squadron: 38 x 100 lb. GP No Nose [Fuse] - 1/100 Tail
    509 Squadron: 38 x 100 lb. GP No Nose [Fuse] - 1/100 Tail
    510 Squadron: 38 x 100 lb. GP No Nose [Fuse] - 1/100 Tail
    511 Squadron: 38 x 100 lb. GP No Nose [Fuse] - 1/100 Tail
  12. Fuel Load of each A/C: 2200 Gallons
  13. Group Leader:
    a. "A" High Box: Name: Lee H. Dennis Rank: 1st Lt. A/C: 7665-N  Sqdn. 510th
    b. "B" High Box: Name: Franklin H. Richardson Rank: Major A/C: 7005-Q Sqdn. 511th
  14. Passengers, if any: (Full Name, Rank, A/C and Squadron Passenger flying with)
    None
  15. Actual Times Off and Return by Squadrons and A/C Letters:

    "A" Wing High Box
    SquadronA/C No. & LetterA.T.O.A.T.R.SquadronA/C No. & LetterA.T.O.A.T.R.
    5087349–B________509[None]
    2971–J________
    7727–N________
    2949–G________
    5107665–N________5117524–D________
    2955–P________7571–X________
    7124–F________7046–Z________
    7512–S________7492–B________
    Spare7515–L________


    "B" Wing High Box
    SquadronA/C No. & LetterA.T.O.A.T.R.SquadronA/C No. & LetterA.T.O.A.T.R.
    5081711–F________5097595–O________
    7557–K________6108–Y________
    8146–D________7676–L________
    7252–K________7926–X________
    Spare1384–T________
    510[None]5117005–Q________
    2952–H________
    1714–R________
    7318–S________

    Report Compiled By Civizzio, Rocky T/Sgt.



Formation Chart:
"A" Combat Wing High Box Formation Take–Off and Over Target
510th Squadron
Dennis
A/C 43-47665 N
Hillebrand
A/C 42-107124 F
Olson
A/C 42-102955 P
Caughlan
A/C 43-37512 S
508th Squadron511th Squadron
Crabb
A/C 42-97349 B
D.W. Smith–Woodrum
A/C 43-37524 D
Kennedy
A/C 43-37727 N
Wright
A/C 42-102971 J
Karagiannis
A/C 43-37571 X
Long
A/C 42-107046 Z
Edwards
A/C 42-102949 G
Power
A/C 42-97492 B
Konecheck
A/C 43-37515 L Spare
Spare A/C Returned to Base

Time Schedule:
Zero Hour:0630 DBST [Double British Standard Time]Briefing: 0145  Stations: 0415  Start Engines: 0425  Taxi: 0435  Take-Off: 0450  Leave Base: 0450 [Breakfast: 0045]

"B" Combat Wing High Box Formation Take–Off
511th Squadron
Richardson – Hales
A/C 42-107005 Q
Brackens
A/C 42-31714 R
Crews
A/C 42-102952 H
Myl
A/C 42-97138 S
509th Squadron508th Squadron
McAfee
A/C 42-37595 O
Auten–Leland
A/C 42-97252 K
Petersen
A/C 42-37676 L
Johnston
A/C 44-6108 Y
Taylor
A/C 43-37557 K
Jizmejian
A/C 42-31711 F
Downing
A/C 42-97926 X
Pattison
A/C 42-38146 D
Hibbard
A/C 42-31384 T Spare

"B" Combat Wing High Box Formation Over Target
511th Squadron
Crews
A/C 42-102952 H
Brackens
A/C 42-31714 R
Myl
A/C 42-97138 S
509th Squadron508th Squadron
McAfee
A/C 42-37595 O
Auten–Leland
A/C 42-97252 K
Hibbard
A/C 42-31384 T
Johnston
A/C 44-6108 Y
Taylor
A/C 43-37557 K
Jizmejian
A/C 42-31711 F
Downing
A/C 42-97926 X
Pattison
A/C 42-38146 D


Time Schedule:
Zero Hour: 0630 DBST [Double British Standard Time]Briefing: 0145  Stations: 0425  Start Engines: 0435  Taxi: 0445  Take-Off: 0500  Leave Base: 0500 [Breakfast: 0045]

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