351st Bomb Group

Polebrook, England

Group Mission #188

Credited Mission #182

 
DATE: 11 Aug. 1944
Target: Gun Emplacements, Brest, France
 
Briefing Outline:
  1. Airplane and Crew Assignment Check.

  2. Time Schedule:
     ___ Box
    Stations   –11401240
    Start Engines –11501250
    Taxi     –12001300
    Take Off   –12151315
    Last Take Off –____

  3. Targets:
    Primary: Tactical - Gun Emplacements, [Brest, France]
    Secondary: ____
    Last Resort: ____

  4. Loading:
    351 “A”: 16 x 500 SAP [Semi-Armor Piercing] 1/10 x 1/40 [Fuses] (6 A/C loaded with 16 x 500 GP 1/10 x 1/40)
    351 “B”:
    Composite:
    Nickels [Propaganda Leaflets] in Ship # - NONE
    Chaff: 312 units, 2 min. before IP [Initial Point of Bomb Run] for 13 min. after.

  5. Gasoline Loading: 1900 gallons
    Remarks: ____

  6. Wing Formation:
     Wing Formation  94th (A) CBW  94th (B) CBW  94th (C) CBW  Comp. CBW 
    Lead351st401st457th
    Low351st401st457th
    High351st457th

  7. Division Formation:
    PositionCBW [Combat Bomb Wing]TargetDeparture Time at Coast
    Lead 94th (8 - 12 A/C Grps)  Gun emplacements 
    2nd1st (8)
    3rd41st (7)
    4th
    5th
    6th
    7th
    8th
    9th
    10th
    2nd Division
    3rd Division
    Marauders
    RAF [Royal Air Force]

    Remarks: Base reference altitude – 20,000 ft.
    Zero hour – 1500 hours.
    Division Assembly Line – Spl. [Splasher] 15 to Start Point.
    Interval between CBW’s – 2 minutes.
    One PFF [Pathfinder Force] A/C [Aircraft] for each Group.

  8. Fighter Cover:
    • [Force][Latitude & Longitude][Call Sign]
      _________ _______  ______ 

  9. Group Assembly:
     94th "A" CBW 
    [Combat Bomb Wing]
    BoxAltitudePlace
    351st Lead 13,000'  Kings Cliffe Buncher 
    351st Low12,000'Kings Cliffe Buncher
    351st High14,000'Kings Cliffe Buncher
     94th "B" CBW 401st Lead 13,000'  Cottesmore [Buncher] 
    401st Low13,000'Cottesmore [Buncher]
     94th "C" CBW 457th Lead 13,000'  Glatton Buncher 
    457th Low12,000'Glatton Buncher
    457th High14,000'Glatton Buncher

  10. Navigator - _____
  11. S-2 - _____
  12. Weather - _____
  13. Special Instructions to Gunners, Bombardiers, and Radio Operators:
    A. Type of Bombing Formation - Normal – Salvo Pattern.
    B. Camera A/C to Return - T384 A-1560, A-702, N-665.
      Units unable to make a normal & accurate visual sighting on Primaries will return to base.
      Second runs authorized.
      No Wing rally.
  14. Squadron Leaders and Group Deputy report to Target Room. All but Pilots Dismissed.

  15. (A) Code Words –
    PFF Bombing –____
    Visual Bombing –____
    Authenticator –Gunga Din
    Recall –Rise and Shine
    Weather Code –BAVIT
    Release "CHAFF" –____

    (B) Call Signs:
    Call SignFlaresRemarks
    351st LeadLeadRY [Red Yellow]
    351st LowLowRR
    351st HighHighGG
    401st A
    401st B
    457th A
    457th B
    Composite
    1st C.B.W.
    40th C.B.W.
    41st C.B.W.
    Composite C.B.W.

    (C)
    U.S. FightersBalance Six
    R.A.F. Fighters
    BombersVinegrove Six
    U.S. Grnd. ControlColgate
    R.A.F. Grnd. Control

    Control Points:Fighter Reference Points:
    ___________
    ___________

    Remarks: ____

    (D)
    Colors of the Day
    TimeColorLetterChallenge
    0800 – 1400RGHI
    1400 – 2000GGYB

    (E) Ships To Monitor [Radio Channels A, B, C & D]
    1. - All
    2. - R-038, M-900 [H-900], Z-696
    3. - J-978, O-595
    4. - All

  16. Let-Down on ____, if overcast.
     94th "A" CBW Box[Let-Down On][Magnetic Compass Heading]
    351st Lead Kings Cliffe Buncher  025° Mag. 
    351st LowKings Cliffe Buncher010° Mag.
    351st HighKings Cliffe Buncher040° Mag.
     94th "B" CBW 401st Lead Cottesmore [Buncher]  360° Mag. 
    401st LowCottesmore [Buncher]345° Mag.
     94th "C" CBW 457th Lead Glatton [Buncher]  065° Mag. 
    457th LowGlatton [Buncher]050° Mag.
    457th HighGlatton [Buncher]080° Mag.

  17. Flying Control. –
    1. Taxi Plan.
    2. Emergency Fields - EXETER - 50°44’N-03°24’W
    3. Landing Aids.

  18. Special Instructions:
    EMERGENCY PROCEDURE: 20 miles inland, stay away from large coastal towns.
    Exeter – Emergency Field.


Operational Narrative – Lead Combat Box:
  1. Date of Mission - 11 August, 1944.
    1. Target Attacked – Primary Target, gun emplacements at Brest, France.
    2. Force – 94th “A” Combat Wing. Thirty-nine aircraft, including three flying spares and three PFF ships, took off as scheduled.
    3. Position – Scheduled and flew as first combat wing in First Division.
    4. Lead Teams:
      Lead Group
      CBW Air Commander: Lt. Col. Robert W. Burns
      Pilot:Captain Gerald D. Viste
      Navigator:Major Ralph W. Menees
      Bombardier:Captain William B. Lyttle

      High Group
      Group Leader: Lt. Kenneth C. Hales
      Pilot:Lt. Lee M. Miller
      Navigator:Lt. Rex E. Kinnucan
      Bombardier:Lt. Alexander H. Kubetin

      Low Group
      Group Leader: Captain Harry B. Holsapple
      Pilot:Lt. John T Eickhoff
      Navigator:Lt. James G. King
      Bombardier:Lt. Elmer R. Robinson
  2. Narrative.
    1.  Group & Wing Assembly - The assembly of the groups and of the combat wing was carried out without difficulty. The take-off had previously been delayed one hour. The assembly was made with the lead group at 13,000 feet over the Kings Cliffe buncher.
    2.  Route Over England – The departure from the assembly point was made four minutes late. Due to the fact that this much time had already been lost and that the winds at altitude were not as briefed, it was necessary to cut inside of the briefed course in order to make good the departure time from the English coast. As a result, the route was not flown as briefed between the assembly point and Splasher 15.
    3.  Division Assembly – Splasher 15 was reached on time (1540) and the Division Assembly Line was flown as briefed, with the 94th “A” Combat Wing in its briefed position as Division Lead. Departure from the English coast was made one minute late at the briefed altitude of 20,000 feet.
    4.  Flight to Target – The briefed course was flown without difficulty. It was necessary, however, to cut inside of the briefed course before reaching the IP [Initial Point of Bomb Run] in order to make good the time at the succeeding points. Un-briefed winds were once again responsible for the lateness of the formation at control points.
    5.  Description of Bombing Run – Lead Box: No fighter attacks were encountered on the bombing run. The C-1 Pilot [Autopilot] could not be set up. A manual run was made. The run was very rough and the bubble would not stay level. The mickey [radar] operator was killing drift at the start of the run. The MPI [Mean Point of Impact] was hard to pick up due to ground haze. A violent correction had to be made to get on course when the AP [Aiming Point] was identified. The briefed AP was used. The IP was cut short. Bombing results were good.  High Box: No difficulties such as flak or fighter attacks were encountered on the bombing run. The C-1 Pilot was used with good results. The briefed aiming point was not used as it could not be identified, but the aeradio [sic] station at the Brest Naval School was bombed as a Target of Opportunity as it is listed as a tactical target. Bombing results were good. A normal turn was made at the IP.  Low Box: No difficulties were encountered on the bombing run. The C-1 Pilot was used with good results. The aiming point was identified four minutes before bombs away. The briefed aiming point was used, and bombing results were good. A normal turn was made at the IP.
    6.  Flight From Target – The return route was flown as briefed, with the exception of a few moments after the departure from the target. Un-briefed winds were responsible for putting the formation slightly north of course. The briefed course was soon found, however, and no further difficulties were encountered. Departure from the enemy coast was made slightly to the right of course (briefed: 48°33’N-04°45’W) [just North of Landunvez, France]. Altitude had been decreased between the target and the first turn off the enemy coast from 24,800 feet to 22,000 feet. A normal let down procedure was followed. The English coast was crossed as briefed six minutes early. Base was reached fifteen minutes early.
    7.  Fighter Support – Few friendly fighters were seen.
    8.  Comments – No aircraft were lost on the mission of 11 August, 1944. Flak in the target area was meager and accurate. Weather and visibility were good, but a ground haze made it difficult to sight the target. No enemy aircraft were encountered.
    9.  Aircraft Not Attacking – Aircraft 43-37850, pilot Lt. Hammond, (Low Box) returned at 49°10’N-04°49’W [mid-channel between Fairmouth, England & Brest, France.] with an oil leak in the #4 engine. Aircraft 44-6156, pilot Lt. Guthrey, (Low Box) failed to attack the target when the bombardier did not see the bombs drop from preceding ships. There were no failures to attack the target in the Lead and High Boxes. The three flying spares completed the mission.
    10.  PFF Aircraft – Three PFF aircraft were dispatched to the 457th Group. Three were also used by the 351st Group. All six attacked.

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


Supplementary Report on the Mission of August 11, 1944:
  1. The lead bombardier of the high box was unable to pick up his assigned Aiming Point and dropped his bombs on the Aeradio Station at Brest, France. This target was originally assigned to the 457th Group, 94th “C” CBW, and was marked as a target on the annotated print that the bombardier was using.
  2. The pattern fell across the aeradio station and across entrenchments and two defended locations. The pattern is 1,375 feet by 1,000 feet.

  [Signed:] Thomas L. Cooper, Captain, Air Corps, Group P.I.


Statistical Summary:
94th "A" COMBAT WING FORMATION
Lead BoxHigh BoxLow BoxTOTAL
No. of A/C Failing to Take Off0000
No. of A/C Airborne13131339
No. of A/C Airborne Less Unused Spares13131339
No. of A/C Sorties13131238
No. of A/C Attacking13131137
No. of A/C Not Attacking0022
Name of Primary TargetGround Support, Brest, France
(A) No. of A/C Attacking Primary Target13131137
(B) No., Size & Type Of Bombs 175 x 500# SAP* 
24 x 500 GP**
 191 x 500# SAP 
7 x 500 GP
5 x 500 RDX***
 127 x 500# SAP 
12 x 500 GP
24 x 500 RDX
 493 x 500# SAP 
43 x 500 GP
29 x 500 RDX
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 Lost - Total0000
No. of A/C Lost - Flak
No. of A/C Lost - Flak and E/A
No. of A/C Lost - Enemy Aircraft
No. of A/C Lost - Accident
No. of A/C Lost - Unknown
Time of Take Off131013121313
Time of Attack1658½16591658¾
Average Time of Flight5:385:465:59
Altitude of Release25,852’26,452’25,287’
Visual or PFFVisualVisualVisual
Enemy Resistance – AA Intensity & Accuracy000
Enemy Resistance – Fighter000
Enemy Resistance – Bombers000
U.S. A/C Engaged by Enemy Aircraft000
Degree of SuccessGOOD RESULTS

PFF A/C were borrowed from Groups as follows: NONE
PFF A/C were loaned to Groups as follows: 42-97649, 42-97687, & 42-97947 were dispatched to the 457th Group.
42-97651, 42-97965, & 42-97951 were used by the 351st Group. All six A/C attacked the target.

[* - SAP - Semi-Armor Piercing Bomb]
[** - GP - General Purpose Demolition Bomb]
[*** - RDX - Same as GP Bomb but charge is 25% stronger.]


Bombardier’s Narrative – Lead Box 94th “A” Wing:
Target - Tactical Installation at Brest, France.
  1. No fighter attacks encountered on the bombing run.
  2. C-1 Pilot [Autopilot] could not be set up. A manual run was made. The run was very rough and the bubble would not stay level.
  3. Mickey operator was killing drift at the start of the run. M.P.I. [Mean Point of Impact] was hard to pick up due to ground haze. A violent correction had to be made to get on course when A.P. [Aiming Point] was identified.
  4. The briefed A.P. was used.
  5. The I.P. [Initial Point of Bomb Run] was cut short.
  6. Bombing results were good.
  [Signed:] William B. Lyttle, Captain, Air Corps, Lead Bombardier, Lead Box 94th “A” Wing.


Combat Bombing Flight Record:

Bombardier - Captain Lyttle, William B.  Pilot - 1st Lt. Viste, G.D. & Lt. Colonel Burns, R.W. Navigator - 1st Lt. Gallagher, Thomas J.
Aircraft B-17G   Y-651  Take-off - 1310½ Landed - 1848
Objective - Ground Support near Brest, France
Aiming Point (MPI) [Mean Point of Impact] - As briefed
Initial Point - I.P. cut a little short
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: One   Composite Group - ____
Range Sighting only, Group - ____   Composite Group - ____
Bombs, Types and Sizes - S.A.P. [Semi-Armor Piercing] 500 LB. AN-M58
Number of Bombs Loaded - 16   Released - Same
Fusing, Nose - 1/10   Tail - 1/40
Synchronization - On
Information at Release Point:    Ground Haze

Altitude of Target - ___Magnetic Heading Ordered 52° Actual 50°
True Altitude Above Target - 25,852’True Heading 38°
Indicated Altitude - 25,000’Drift, Estimated 4° Right - Actual 10° Right
Pressure Altitude of Target -106True Track 48°
Altimeter Setting 29.92Actual Range 12,305'
Calculated Indicated Air Speed - 150KB.S. Type - M-9
True Air Speed - 231KTime of Release 1658½
Ground Speed Est. 222 Actual 280Length of Bombing Run - 30 sec.
Wind Direction Metro - 250° Actual - 253°Intervalometer Setting - Salvo
Wind Velocity Metro 25K Actual 55K C-1 Pilot [Autopilot] _____
D.S. - 125  Trail - 61   ATF - 42.38A-5 Pilot _____
Tan. D.A, Est. .47 Actual .60 Manual Pilot - X [Used]

Type of Release - Salvo
Point of Impact If Seen - Excellent
Mean Temp. Metro -2 Actual -2
Winds - Altitude - 25,852 Ft.  Direction - Metro 250°  Actual 253°  Velocity - Metro 25K  Actual 55K
Temp C. - Metro -25° C. Actual -10° C.



Bombardier’s Narrative – High Box 94th “A” Wing:
Target - Tactical Installation at Brest, France.
  1. No difficulties encountered on the bombing run such as flak and fighter attacks.
  2. C-1 Pilot [Autopilot] was used with good results.
  3. The briefed Aiming Point was not used as it could not be identified.
  4. The aeradio station at the Brest Naval School was bombed as a Target of Opportunity as it is listed as a tactical target.
  5. Bombing results were good.
  6. A normal turn was made at the I.P. [Initial Point of Bomb Run].
  [Signed:] Alexander H. Kubetin, 2nd Lt., Air Corps, Lead Bombardier, High Box 94th “A” Wing


Combat Bombing Flight Record:

Bombardier - 2nd Lt. Kubetin, Alexander H.   Pilot - 1st Lt. Hales, Kenneth C. Navigator - 1st Lt. Kinnucan, Rex E.
Aircraft B-17G   Z-965  Take-off - 1312 Landed - 1858
Objective - Ground support near Brest, France (Target of Opportunity)
Aiming Point (MPI) [Mean Point of Impact] - Aeradio Station at Brest Naval School listed as a tactical target.
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: Lead A/C   Composite Group - ____
Range Sighting only, Group - ____   Composite Group - ____
Bombs, Types and Sizes - S.A.P. [Semi-Armor Piercing] 500 LB. AN-M58
Number of Bombs Loaded - 16   Released - Same
Fusing, Nose - 1/10   Tail - 1/40
Synchronization - On
Information at Release Point:    Briefed A.P. could not be found

Altitude of Target - ___Magnetic Heading Ordered 52° Actual 63°
True Altitude Above Target - 26,452’True Heading 51°
Indicated Altitude - 25,600’Drift, Estimated 4° Right - Actual 3° Right
Pressure Altitude of Target -106True Track 54°
Altimeter Setting 29.92Actual Range 12,399.3762
Calculated Indicated Air Speed - 150KB.S. Type - Norden
True Air Speed - 231KTime of Release 1659
Ground Speed Est. 222 Actual 325Length of Bombing Run - 60 sec.
Wind Direction Metro - 250° Actual - 253°Intervalometer Setting - Salvo
Wind Velocity Metro 25K Actual 64K C-1 Pilot [Autopilot] - X [Used]
D.S. - 123.4  Trail - 61   ATF - 42.93A-5 Pilot _____
Tan. D.A, Est. .46 Actual .57 Manual Pilot - ____

Type of Release - Salvo
Point of Impact If Seen - Good
Mean Temp. Metro -2½ Actual -0
Winds - Altitude - 24,452 Ft.  Direction - Metro 250°  Actual 245°  Velocity - Metro 25K  Actual 64K
Temp C. - Metro -25° C. Actual -18° C.



Bombardier’s Narrative – Low Box 94th “A” Wing:
Target - Tactical Installation at Brest, France.
  1. No difficulties encountered on the bombing run.
  2. C-1 Pilot was used with good results.
  3. Aiming Point was identified four (4) minutes before bombs away.
  4. The briefed Aiming Point was used.
  5. Bombing results were good.
  6. A normal turn was made at the I.P.
  [Signed:] Elmer R. Robinson, 1st Lt., Air Corps, Lead Bombardier, Low Box 94th “A” Wing


Combat Bombing Flight Record:

Bombardier - 1st Lt. Robinson, Elmer R.  Pilot - Captain Holsapple, Harry B. Navigator - 2nd Lt. King, James G.
Aircraft B-17G   C-951  Take-off - 1313½ Landed - 1912
Objective - Ground Support near Brest, 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: Lead A/C   Composite Group - ____
Range Sighting only, Group - ____   Composite Group - ____
Bombs, Types and Sizes - S.A.P. [Semi-Armor Piercing] 500 LB. AN-M58
Number of Bombs Loaded - 16   Released - Same
Fusing, Nose - 1/10   Tail - 1/40
Synchronization - On
Information at Release Point:   

Altitude of Target - ___Magnetic Heading Ordered 52° Actual 50°
True Altitude Above Target - 25,287’True Heading 38°
Indicated Altitude - 24,400’Drift, Estimated 4° Right - Actual 4° Right
Pressure Altitude of Target -71True Track 42°
Altimeter Setting 29.92Actual Range 11,155.11'
Calculated Indicated Air Speed - 150KB.S. Type - M-9 9100
True Air Speed - 231KTime of Release 1658¾
Ground Speed Est. 222 Actual 255Length of Bombing Run - 240 sec.
Wind Direction Metro - 250° Actual - 228°Intervalometer Setting - Salvo
Wind Velocity Metro 25K Actual 48K C-1 Pilot [Autopilot] - X [Used]
D.S. - 126.5  Trail - 60   ATF - 41.88A-5 Pilot _____
Tan. D.A, Est. .44 Actual .55 Manual Pilot - ____

Type of Release - Salvo
Point of Impact If Seen - Excellent
Mean Temp. Metro -1 Actual -1
Winds - Altitude - 24,400 Ft.  Direction - Metro 250°  Actual 228°  Velocity - Metro 25K  Actual 48K
Temp C. - Metro -25° C. Actual -20° C.



Preliminary Damage Assessment:
  1. The targets for the three boxes of this Group were tactical installations at Brest, France. Photo cover was complete for all boxes.
  2. The heaviest concentration of the lead box fell slightly over the target. A salvo of bombs hit very close to the target, with possible hits on an installation. The pattern is 1,916 feet by 1,498 feet, with the center of pattern 1,070 feet over the MPI.
  3. The main pattern of the low box fell in a heavy concentration just over the target. Approximately ten bursts fell very near to the target and eight bombs fell across an entrenchment. The pattern is 1,500 feet by 1,150 feet, and the center of the pattern is 375 feet over the MPI.
  4. The high box pattern fell 875 feet short of the target and across an entrenchment. Bursts completely covered the aeradio station of the Brest Naval School, and bombs fell across two defended localities. The pattern is 1,375 feet by 1,000 feet, with the center of the pattern 1,625 feet short of the MPI.
  [Signed:] Thomas L. Cooper, Captain, Air Corps, Group P.I. [Photo Intelligence]


Track Chart:
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Combat Crew Comments:

1. Following are the comments made by combat crew members flying today’s mission:

    508th Squadron:
A/C 258-P: Weather scout ship perfect. Should have more of it. – Lt. Lord.
A/C 349-B: Deenethorpe and Glatton should study VHF SOP [Standard Operating Procedure]. Too much racket. – Captain Crabb.
A/C 702-A: Landed 1840; transportation arrived 2000. – Crew.
A/C 900-M: Want Hershey bars and more cookies to replace candy. – Crew.
A/C 978-J: Transportation poor. No trucks to bring crew in for at least one hour. – Whole crew.

    509th Squadron:
A/C 571-X: Ship 900-M flew a very poor formation. – Lt. Nelson.
A/C 560-A: Second ship to land; forced to wait thirty minutes for transportation. – Lt. Barker.
A/C 078-G: Too long since breakfast. Should feed us on a delayed take-off. – Lt. Murray.

    510th Squadron:
A/C 862-G: Too much unnecessary chatter on VHF. – Lt. Swetnam.
A/C 038-R: Taxi plan screwed up. Third ship to land, last to get truck. Would like better system. – Lt. Marsey.
A/C 665-N: Trucks keep crews waiting. – Lt. Bennett.

    511th Squadron:
A/C 238-A: Too much noise on VHF. “Woodcraft Baker” kept up constant chatter. – Lt. Popp.
A/C 070-G: Were not awakened early enough to eat breakfast. – Lt. Lambert.

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


Mission Summary Report:
  1. Abortives and Flying Spares:
    1. Airplane No. 43-37850, 508th Squadron, returned early because of an excessive oil leak from #4 propeller. Investigation revealed a defective oil seal between the propeller and the propeller dome. (Reason: Mechanical Failure).
  2. Battle Damage:
    1. Airplane No. 42-97947, 510th Squadron. One flak hole bottom of left inboard wing panel, damaging Tokyo tank. One flak hole bottom of right inboard wing panel, damaging Tokyo tank.

    TOTAL A/C DAMAGEDMINOR DAMAGEBY FLAK
    111
  [Signed:] Carl A. Ekblad, Captain, Air Corps, Engineering Officer


Aircraft Returning Early:

Aircraft No. 43-37850 Squadron - 509   Pilot - Lt. Hammond
Time of Abortive - 16:30  Location when Aborted - 49°10’N-04°49’W [Mid-Channel between Falmouth, England & Brest, France.]
Reason For Abortive - #4 engine threw oil slightly soon after take-off. Oil pressure, cylinder head temperature, & oil temperature OK. At 49°10’N-04°49’W oil started to squirt out of prop hub. Feathered #4 but could not maintain position in formation. On return to base all oil in #4 engine was gone.
Disposition of Bombs: Brought back.
Altitude At Time of Aborting: 20,800 ft.
Enemy Opposition Encountered - None
Remarks:
[Signed] Clinton W. Hammond, 2nd Lt., Air Corps



“J” Form:
  1. Last Four numbers and Call Letter of A/C in each Squadron:
    a. 94th "A" Combat Wing   Lead Group
    Sqdn 508th A/C: [None]
    Sqdn 509th A/C: [None]
    Sqdn 510th A/C: Y–7651, P–2955, R–8038, C–2576, B–6082, G–7862, K–7252, M–7196, S–7512, F–7124, L–7515, N–7665
    Sqdn 511th A/C: (A–1238 Spare)
    P.F.F. Sqdn ___ A/C: ___

    b. 94th "A" Combat Wing   High Group
    Sqdn 508th A/C: Z–7965, B–7349, F–1711, M–7900, P–7258, R–1192, D–8139, J–7978, A–1702
    Sqdn 509th A/C: [None]
    Sqdn 510th A/C: [None]
    Sqdn 511th A/C: X–7571, P–8089, Y–8171, (G–8070 Spare)

    c. 94th "A" Combat Wing   Low Group
    Sqdn 508th A/C: G–7850
    Sqdn 509th A/C: Z–7696, G–6078, F–7674, R–6156, X–7926, Y–6108, O–7595, L–7676, M–7964, (N–7169 Spare)
    Sqdn 510th A/C: [None]
    Sqdn 511th A/C: C–7951
  2. Target: 17/J/125 Ill. [Illustration] 56/D
  3. W/T and R/T Operational Call Sign of each Squadron:
    Squadron508 [Call Sign]W/T MTL R/T CARLTONSquadron510 [Call Sign]W/T WRW R/T TIPSTAFF
    Squadron509 [Call Sign]W/T TAW R/T HOTMINTSquadron511 [Call Sign]W/T RDQ R/T PARTNERSHIP
  4. a. Lead Box: Taxi – 1200; Take-Off – 1215; E.T.D. Field – ____
    b. ____ Box: Taxi – ____; Take-Off – ____; E.T.D. Field – ____
  5. Time:Height:  Place of Crossing English Coast: (OUT)
    145820,000 Ft Start Point [England]
  6. Time:Height:  Place of Crossing Enemy Coast: (IN)
    160025,000 Ft 48°23'N-04°32'W [Brest, France]
  7. Time:Height:  Place of Crossing Enemy Coast: (Out)
    160522,000 Ft 48°33'N-04°45'W [Saint Samson, France]
  8. Time:Height:  Place of Crossing English Coast: (IN)
    16415,000 Ft Start Point [England]
  9. E.T.R.(Estimated Time of Return) Base: 1756 Hours
  10. MF/DF [Medium Frequency/Direction Finder] Section: "N"
  11. Bomb load of Each A/C: "A" Lead Box
    508 Squadron: [None]
    509 Squadron: [None]
    510 Squadron: 16 x 500 SAP [Semi-Armor Piercing] 1/10 x 1/40 [Fuses] (S-7512 - 12 x 500 G.P. [General Purpose] 1/10 x 1/40)
    511 Squadron: 16 x 500 SAP [Semi-Armor Piercing] 1/10 x 1/40 [Fuses]

    Bomb load of Each A/C: "A" High Box
    508 Squadron: 16 x 500 SAP (F-1711 - 5 x 500 RDX 7 x 500 GP) 1/10 x 1/40 ]
    509 Squadron: [None]
    510 Squadron: [None]
    511 Squadron: 16 x 500 SAP [Semi-Armor Piercing] 1/10 x 1/40 [Fuses]

    Bomb load of Each A/C: "A" Low Box
    508 Squadron: 16 x 500 SAP [Semi-Armor Piercing] 1/10 x 1/40 [Fuses]
    509 Squadron: Same (L-7676 & N-7169 - 12 x 500 RDX [25% Higher Explosive] 1/10 x 1/40 [Fuses])
    510 Squadron: [None]
    511 Squadron: 16 x 500 SAP [Semi-Armor Piercing] 1/10 x 1/40 [Fuses]
  12. Fuel Load of each A/C: 1900 Gallons
  13. Group Leader:
    a. Lead Box: Name: R.W. Burns Rank: Lt. Col. A/C: Y-7651  Sqdn. 510th
    b. High Box: Name: W.D. Hales Rank: 1st Lt. A/C: Z-7965 Sqdn. 508th
    c. Low Box: Name: H.B. Holsapple Rank: Capt. A/C: C-7951 Sqdn. 511th
  14. Passengers, if any: (Full Name, Rank, A/C and Squadron Passenger flying with)
    None
  15. PFF A/C: Z-7965 - 508th, Y-7651 - 510th, C-7951 - 511 - Flying with - 351st Group
      A-7687 - 509th, U-7947 - 510th, J-7649 - 511th - Flying with - 457th Group

Report Compiled By Batinchok, Cpl.



Formation Chart:
94th "A" CBW Lead Box Formation at Take–Off
510th Squadron
Burns–Viste
A/C 42-97651 Y PFF
Marsey
A/C 42-38038 R
Gibbons
A/C 42-102955 P
Keller
A/C 44-6082 B
Matre
A/C 42-102576 C
Barnhart
A/C 42-97196 M
Arnold
A/C 43-37512 S
Redman
A/C 42-97252 K
Belmeyer
A/C 43-37862 G
Neal
A/C 42-107124 F
Popp
A/C 42-31238 A Spare
Gray
A/C 43-37515 L
Bennett
A/C 43-37665 N


94th "A" CBW High Box Formation at Take–Off
508th Squadron
Hales
A/C 42-97965 Z PFF
Ballard
A/C 43-31711 F
Crabb
A/C 42-97349 B
Lord
A/C 42-97258 P
Smith
A/C 43-37571 X
Poston
A/C 43-38171 Y
Moulton
A/C 42-31192 R
Jizmejian
A/C 43-37900 M
Van Sandt
A/C 43-38089 P
Dreyer
A/C 43-38139 D
Lambert
A/C 43-38070 G Spare
Cartwright
A/C 42-31702 A
Edwards
A/C 43-37978 J


94th "A" CBW Low Box Formation at Take–Off
509th Squadron
Holsapple
A/C 42-97951 C PFF
Johnston
A/C 43-37696 Z
McAfee
A/C 44-6078 G
Dawson
A/C 44-6108 Y
Weatherman
A/C 43-37674 F
McCall
A/C 43-37676 L
Downing
A/C 43-37595 O
Newby
A/C 42-97926 X
Guthrey
A/C 44-6156 R
Hammond
A/C 43-37850 G
Secrest
A/C 42-97169 N Spare
Cunningham
A/C 43-37964 M
Barker
A/C 42-31560 A


94th "C" CBW High Box Formation Over–Target
509th Squadron
Holsapple
A/C 42-97951 C PFF
Johnston
A/C 43-37696 Z
McAfee
A/C 44-6078 G
Dawson
A/C 44-6108 Y
Weatherman
A/C 43-37674 F
McCall
A/C 43-37676 L
Downing
A/C 43-37595 O
Newby
A/C 42-97926 X
Guthrey
A/C 44-6156 R
Secrest
A/C 42-97169 N
Cunningham
A/C 43-37964 M
Barker
A/C 42-31560 A


Time Schedule:
Zero Hour: 1500 DBST [Double British Standard Time]  Briefing: 0900 Stations: 1140  Start Engines: 1150  Taxi: 1200  Take-Off: 1215  Leave Base: 1215 [Breakfast: 0800]

[Wounded On Mission: 0]

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