351st Bomb Group

Polebrook, England

Group Mission #192

Credited Mission #186

 
DATE: 18 Aug. 1944
Target: RR Bridge at Namur, Belgium
 
Briefing Outline:
  1. Airplane and Crew Assignment Check.

  2. Time Schedule:
     ___ Box
    Stations   –1425
    Start Engines –1435
    Taxi     –1445
    Take Off   –1500
    Last Take Off –1610

  3. Targets:
    Primary: Bridge at Namur [Belgium]
    Secondary: Any enemy object, is positively identified, visual & not in built-up area.
    Last Resort: Same

  4. Loading:
    351 “A”: 6 x 1000 - 1/10 x 1/40 [Fuses]
    351 “B”: ____
    Composite: ____
    Nickels [Propaganda Leaflets] in Ship # - ____
    Chaff: 336 units ea. – 3 min. before IP [Initial Point of Bomb Run] & for 14 min.

  5. Gasoline Loading: 1700 gallons
    Remarks:

  6. Wing Formation:
     Wing Formation  94th (A) CBW  94th (B) CBW  94th (C) CBW  Comp. CBW 
    Lead457351401
    Low457351401
    High457351401

  7. Division Formation:
    PositionCBW [Combat Wing]TargetDeparture Time at Coast
    Lead40
    2nd41st "B"
    3rd41st "B"
    4th94 "A"
    5th94 "B" [351st]
    6th94 "C"
    7th
    8th
    9th
    10th
    11th
    2nd Division
    3rd Division
    Marauders
    RAF [Royal Air Force]

    Remarks: Base Ref. Alt. – 22,000’

  8. Fighter Cover:
    • [Force][Latitude & Longitude][Call Sign]
      2 Groups P-51s 5145-0400 at Zero + 63  Balance 2-1 & 2-3 

  9. Group Assembly:
    BoxAltitudePlace
     457 A CBW Lead  13,000' Glatton
    457 A CBW High14,000'Glatton
    457 A CBW Low12,000'Glatton
    351 B CBW Lead13,000'Kings Cliffe
    351 B CBW High14,000'Kings Cliffe
    351 B CBW Low12,000'Kings Cliffe
    457 C CBW Lead13,000'Cottersmore
    457 C CBW High14,000'Cottersmore
    457 C CBW Low12,000' Cottersmore 

  10. Navigator - _____
  11. S-2 - _____
  12. Weather - _____
  13. Special Instructions to Gunners, Bombardiers, and Radio Operators:
    A. Type of Bombing Formation - Normal
    Salvo [Intervalometer Setting]
    “Buckeye” – weather 6th target.

  14. Squadron Leaders and Group Deputy report to Target Room. All but Pilots Dismissed.

  15. (A) Code Words –
    PFF Bombing –____
    Visual Bombing –In the Clear
    Authenticator –Sloppy Joe
    Recall –B – Amos and Andy
    Weather Code –VTBAI
    Release "CHAFF" –In the Clear

    (B) Call Signs:
    Call SignFlaresRemarks
    351st LeadWoodcraft “B” Baker LeadGY [Green Yellow]
    351st BWoodcraft “B” Baker LowRR [Red Red]
    351st CWoodcraft “B” Baker HighGG
    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 2
    R.A.F. Fighters
    BombersVinegrove 2-6
    U.S. Grnd. ControlColgate
    R.A.F. Grnd. Control

    Control Points:Fighter Reference Points:
    ___________
    ___________

    Remarks: ____

    (D)
    Colors of the Day
    TimeColorLetterChallenge
    0200 – 0800
    0800 – 1400RRXB
    1400 – 2000YYYG

    (E) Ships To Monitor [Radio Channels A, B, C & D]
    1. - All A/C monitor except the following:
    2. - R-038, P-089, L-676
    3. - 8AF B-082, B-349, Y-108
    4. - All A/C have available

  16. Let-Down on Kings Cliffe, if overcast.
    351st Lead  035° Mag. [Magnetic Compass Heading]
    351st High  050° Mag.
    351st Low   020° Mag.

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

  18. Special Instructions:
    A. Camera A/C to Return - G-862, K-130, Y-108
    Spares return Mid-Channel.


Operational Narrative – Lead Combat Box:
  1. Date of Mission - 18 August, 1944.
    1. Target Attacked: Railway Bridge at Namur, Belgium (Primary Target).
    2. Force – 94th "B" Combat Bomb Wing, thirty-seven aircraft, including one flying spare.
    3. Position – Second in Combat Wing and sixth in Division.
    4. Lead Teams
      Lead Group
      Combat Wing Air Commander: Colonel Harris E. Rogner
      Pilot:Captain Harry B. Holsapple.
      Navigator:Major Nelson E. Matthew
      Bombardier:1st Lt. Warren C. Steitz

      High Group
      Group Leader: 1st Lt. Kenneth C. Hales
      Pilot:2nd Lt. Evan A. Poston
      Navigator:2nd Lt. Stanley H. Sichel
      Bombardier:1st Lt. Earl L. Branaman

      Low Group
      Group Leader: Captain Gerald D. Viste
      Pilot:1st Lt. Arthur Bartzocas
      Navigator:1st Lt. Thomas J. Gallagher
      Bombardier:1st Lt. Clay J. Pinner
  2. Narrative.
    1.  Group & Wing Assembly - The 94th Combat Bomb Wing carried out its assembly as planned at the Kings Cliffe buncher. The lead group was briefed to fly at 17,000 feet for the assembly. The assembly was made without difficulty and departure from the assembly point was made on time.
    2.  Route Over England – The 94th “B” Combat Bomb Wing flew north of course and to the outside of the briefed route in order to lose time when it became evident that succeeding control points would be reached ahead of time. It was later necessary, however, to turn into the Division Assembly Line short of Splasher #7 in order to make good the departure from the coast.
    3.  Division Assembly – The 94th “B” Combat Bomb Wing flew its briefed position in the Division formation (sixth) and departed from the English coast on time and on course at the briefed altitude (20,000’).
    4.  Flight to Target – The briefed route was followed in crossing the channel, the enemy coast being reached on time (1731) and on course at 25,000 feet. The briefed course was followed with little deviation to the IP [Initial Point of Bomb Run], which was reached one minute late.
    5.  Description of Bombing Run – Low Box: The Low Box made its run on the target while the other two boxes were making their 360° turns. The target was picked up at the beginning of the run. Synchronization was good on the run, but before reaching the point of release, the target was covered by clouds. As synchronization had been good, the bombs were released rather than make a second run on the target which would interfere with other formations. The C-1 Pilot [Autopilot] was used on the bombing run. At the Point of Release the target was covered by clouds. A normal turn was made at the IP. Bombing results were unobserved. The ABC computer was set up on metro data and used to good advantage.
       High Box: Due to the fact that the Low and High Boxes were flying a collision course on the bomb run, the high box made a 360° turn to the left (the lead box had made its 360° [turn] to the right) and permitted the low box to go ahead and bomb the target first. The C-1 Pilot was used throughout the run. The aiming point was identified 60 seconds before bombs away. The briefed aiming point was used. A normal turn was made at the IP. Bombing results were good. The ABC computer was set up on metro data and used to good advantage.
       Lead Box: Due to cloud cover, the lead box made a second run on the target. A 360° turn was made between the IP and the target. This permitted the following two boxes to bomb ahead of the lead box. The C-1 Pilot was used on the run. The aiming point was picked up 60 seconds before bombs away. The briefed aiming point was used. A normal turn was made at the IP. Bombing results were good. The ABC computer was set up on metro data and used to good advantage.
       Due to the aforementioned 360° turns by the Lead and High Boxes, the three boxes bombed in the order of Low, High, and Lead.
    6.  Flight From Target – In compliance with the orders of the Combat Wing Air Commander, the High Box made a second 360° turn after bombing in order to wait for the Lead Box. This maneuver, however, did not lose sufficient time to permit the Lead Box to get ahead of the High. As a result, the combat wing made its withdrawal in group formation with the Low Box first, the High Box second, and the Lead Box third. The briefed route was followed on the withdrawal, but due to the necessary maneuvers in the target area, the departure from the enemy coast was made at the briefed point and altitude (Lead Box) fourteen minutes late. The briefed course was followed on the flight across the channel. It was necessary to make a 360° turn (Lead Box) in mid-channel in order to get under the cloud cover encountered and thus cross the English coast at 8,000 feet 20½ minutes late at the briefed point. Return to base was made without incident.
    7.  Fighter Support – As briefed.
    8.  Comments – Flak was meager and fairly accurate in the target area. No enemy aircraft opposition was encountered. Weather in the target area was three to four-tenths and hazy. No aircraft were lost.
    9.  Aircraft Not Attacking – There were no failures to attack. The flying spare returned as planned.
    10.  PFF Aircraft – No PFF aircraft were employed.

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


Statistical Summary:
94th “C” COMBAT WING FORMATION
Lead BoxHigh BoxLow BoxTOTAL
No. of A/C Failing to Take Off0000
No. of A/C Airborne13121237
No. of A/C Airborne Less Unused Spares12121236
No. of A/C Sorties12121236
No. of A/C Attacking12121236
No. of A/C Not Attacking0000
Name of Primary TargetNAUMUR, BELGIUM
(A) No. of A/C Attacking Primary Target12121236
(B) No., Size & Type Of Bombs 72 x 1000# GP  69 x 1000# GP  60 x 1000# GP 
 12 x 1000# RDX 
 201 x 1000# GP 
 12 x 1000# 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 Off144514471505
Time of Attack182718131806½
Average Time of Flight5:355:244:42
Altitude of Release25,705’26,350’25,100’
Visual or PFFVisualVisualVisual
Enemy Resistance – AA Intensity & AccuracyMeager and Accurate
Enemy Resistance – Fighter0000
Enemy Resistance – Bombers0000
U.S. A/C Engaged by Enemy Aircraft0000
Degree of SuccessGOOD RESULTS

PFF A/C were borrowed from Groups as follows: None
PFF A/C were loaned to Groups as follows: None


Bombardier’s Narrative – Lead Box 94th “B” Wing:
Target – Railway Bridge across the Meuse River at Namur, Belgium.
  1. Due to cloud cover over the target, the lead box made a second run on the target.
  2. The C-1 Pilot [Autopilot] was used on the run.
  3. The Aiming Point was picked up 60 seconds before “Bombs Away”.
  4. The briefed Aiming Point was used.
  5. A normal turn was made at the I.P. [Initial Point of Bomb Run].
  6. Bombing results were good.
  7. The A.B.C. computer was set up on metro data and used to good advantage.
  [Signed] Warren C. Steitz, 1st Lt., Air Corps, Lead Bombardier, Lead Box 94th “B” Wing


Combat Bombing Flight Record – Lead Box 94th “B” Wing:

Bombardier - 1st Lt. Steitz, Warren C.  Pilot - Capt. Holsapple, H.B. - Col. Rogner, H.E. Navigator - Major Matthews, Nelson E.
Aircraft B-17G   D-957  Take-off - 1500 Landed - 2016
Objective - Railway Bridge across the Meuse River at Namur, Belgium.
Aiming Point (MPI) [Mean Point of Impact] - Bridge
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 - G.P. [General Purpose] 1000 LB. AN-M44
Number of Bombs Loaded - 6   Released - Same
Fusing, Nose - 1/10   Tail - ____
Synchronization - On

Information at Release Point:

Altitude of Target - ___Magnetic Heading Ordered 76° Actual 94°
True Altitude Above Target - 25,705’True Heading 88°
Indicated Altitude - 25,000’Drift, Estimated 2° Left - Actual 3° Left
Pressure Altitude of Target +195True Track 85°
Altimeter Setting 29.92Actual Range 15,089 (15033)
Calculated Indicated Air Speed - 150KB.S. Type - M-9
True Air Speed - 229KTime of Release 1827
Ground Speed Est. 264 Actual 260Length of Bombing Run - 25½ min.
Wind Direction Metro - 250° Actual - 250°Intervalometer Setting - Salvo
Wind Velocity Metro 50K Actual 50K C-1 Pilot [Autopilot] - X [Used]
D.S. - 126.6  Trail - .47   ATF - 41.86A-5 Pilot _____
Tan. D.A, Est. .58 Actual .54 Manual Pilot - ____

Type of Release - Salvo
Point of Impact If Seen - Good
Mean Temp. Metro -1 Actual -1
Winds - Altitude - 25,705 Ft.  Direction - Metro 250°  Actual 250°  Velocity - Metro 50K  Actual 50K
Temp C. - Metro -27° C. Actual -22° C.



Bombardier’s Narrative – High Box 94th “B” Wing:
Target – Railway Bridge across the Meuse River at Namur, Belgium.
  1. The High Box made a second run on the target due to a collision course with the Low Box on the first run.
  2. C-1 Pilot [Autopilot] was used throughout the run.
  3. Aiming Point was identified 60 seconds before “Bombs Away”.
  4. The briefed Aiming Point was used.
  5. A normal turn was made at the I.P. [Initial Point of Bomb Run].
  6. Bombing results were good.
  7. The A.B.C. computer was set up on metro data and used to good advantage.
  [Signed] Earl L. Branaman, 1st Lt., Air Corps, Lead Bombardier, High Box 94th “B” Wing


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

Bombardier - 1st Lt. Branaman, Earl L.  Pilot - 1st Lt. Hales, Kenneth C. Navigator - 2nd Lt. Sichel, Stanley H.
Aircraft B-17G   M-004  Take-off - 1446 Landed - 2015
Objective - Railway Bridge across the Meuse River at Namur, Belgium.
Aiming Point (MPI) [Mean Point of Impact] - Bridge
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 - G.P. [General Purpose] 1000 LB. AN-M44
Number of Bombs Loaded - 6   Released - Same
Fusing, Nose - 1/10   Tail - ____
Synchronization - On

Information at Release Point:

Altitude of Target - ___Magnetic Heading Ordered 76° Actual 89°
True Altitude Above Target - 26,350’True Heading 82°
Indicated Altitude - 25,670’Drift, Estimated 2° Left - Actual 4° Left
Pressure Altitude of Target +195True Track 78°
Altimeter Setting 29.92Actual Range 15,242
Calculated Indicated Air Speed - 150KB.S. Type - M-9 N-7693
True Air Speed - 201KTime of Release 1813
Ground Speed Est. 264 Actual 272Length of Bombing Run - 3 min.
Wind Direction Metro - 250° Actual - 260°Intervalometer Setting - Salvo
Wind Velocity Metro 25K Actual 35K C-1 Pilot [Autopilot] - X [Used]
D.S. - 124.9  Trail - 45   ATF - 42.40A-5 Pilot _____
Tan. D.A, Est. .57 Actual .53 Manual Pilot - ____

Type of Release - Salvo
Point of Impact If Seen - Good
Mean Temp. Metro -1 Actual -1
Winds - Altitude - 26,350 Ft.  Direction - Metro 250°  Actual 260°  Velocity - Metro 25K  Actual 35K
Temp C. - Metro -27° C. Actual -22° C.



Bombardier’s Narrative – Low Box 94th “B” Wing:
Target – Railway Bridge across the Meuse River at Namur, Belgium.
  1. Target was picked up at the beginning of the run. Synchronization was good on the run, but before reaching the point of release, the target was covered by clouds. As synchronization had been good, the bombs were released rather than make a second run on the target which would interfere with another group.
  2. C-1 Pilot [Autopilot] was used on the bombing run.
  3. At point of release target was covered by clouds.
  4. The briefed Aiming Point was used.
  5. A normal turn was made at the I.P. [Initial Point of Bomb Run].
  6. Bombing results were unobserved.
  7. The A.B.C. computer was set up on metro data and used to good advantage.
  [Signed] Clay J. Pinner, 1st Lt., Air Corps, Lead Bombardier, Low Box 94th “B” Wing


Combat Bombing Flight Record – Low Box 94th “B” Wing:

Bombardier - 1st Lt. Pinner, Clay J.  Pilot - Captain Viste, Gerald D. Navigator - 1st Lt. Gallagher, Thomas J.
Aircraft B-17G   G-078  Take-off - 1516 Landed - 2004
Objective - Railway Bridge across the Meuse River at Namur, Belgium.
Aiming Point (MPI) [Mean Point of Impact] - Bridge
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 - G.P. [General Purpose] 1000 LB. AN-M44
Number of Bombs Loaded - 6   Released - Same
Fusing, Nose - 1/10   Tail - ____
Synchronization - On

Information at Release Point:   Target obscured by cloud.

Altitude of Target - ___Magnetic Heading Ordered 76° Actual 85°
True Altitude Above Target - 25,100’True Heading 79°
Indicated Altitude - 24,400’Drift, Estimated 2° Left - Actual 1° Left
Pressure Altitude of Target +195True Track 78°
Altimeter Setting 29.92Actual Range 14,869
Calculated Indicated Air Speed - 150KB.S. Type - M-9
True Air Speed - 197KTime of Release 1806½
Ground Speed Est. 264K Actual 222KLength of Bombing Run - 6 min.
Wind Direction Metro - 250° Actual - 260°Intervalometer Setting - Salvo
Wind Velocity Metro 25K Actual 35K C-1 Pilot [Autopilot] - X [Used]
D.S. - 128.3  Trail - 45   ATF - 41.32A-5 Pilot _____
Tan. D.A, Est. .59 Actual .54 Manual Pilot - ____

Type of Release - Salvo
Point of Impact If Seen - Unobserved
Mean Temp. Metro -1 Actual -1
Winds - Altitude - 25,100 Ft.  Direction - Metro 250°  Actual 260°  Velocity - Metro 25K  Actual 30K
Temp C. - Metro -27° C. Actual -22° C.



Preliminary Damage Assessment:
  1. The target for the three boxes of this group was the railway bridge across the Meuse River at Namur, Belgium. Photo cover is complete for all boxes.
  2. The bombs of the low box fell short of the target hitting the south side of the town of Namur. The pattern is 2,023 feet by 1,904 feet with the center of the pattern 2,163 feet short of the MPI. One span of the bridge appears to be broken before any bombs are dropped.
  3. The high box bombs fell slightly to the right of the target with the heaviest concentration on the elevated approach to the bridge. There is one direct hit on the south approach and two near misses. There is one hit on the north approach. One bomb hit in the water at the foundation of the bridge. The pattern is 1,875 feet by 1,750 feet with the center of the pattern 625 feet right of the MPI [Mean Point of Impact].
  4. The bombs of the lead box fell on the target with the heaviest concentration on the south approach. There is a hit on the bridge, four possible hits on the south approach and a near miss on the north approach just at the water edge. The pattern is 1,485 feet by 1,240 feet with the center of the pattern 620 feet to the right.
  [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 318-S: Need more flak suits. – Lt. Gurke.
A/C 258-P: After bombing, we returned twice to the target. Why? – Lt. Quinn.
A/C 987-J: After we turned off the target we didn’t follow briefed route. Turned wrong way and got into flak. – Lt. Muffett.
A/C 130-K: Formation poor, scattered at target; regular rat race. – Crew.
A/C 089-P: Get transportation to planes sooner. – Crew.

    509th Squadron:
A/C 674-F: When there is a change in altitude after briefing, pilots should be informed of it as well as navigators. My navigator assumed I knew about the change today, and we almost missed the formation. – Lt. Hammond.
A/C 696-Z: #2 man of low squadron, low box, flew poor formation. – Lt. Whitaker.
A/C 595-O: Low box lead very good – especially evasive action taken on coast coming out.
A/C 384-T: Assign pilots to their own planes. – Lt. Johnson.
A/C 964-M: Transportation very poor. Had to wait 40 minutes. – Whole crew.

    510th Squadron:
A/C 665-N: Ships do not pay attention to the taxi orders. – Lt. Bennett.
A/C 955-P: Woodcraft Able too much chatter. – Lt. Auten.
A/C 123-V: Too many forming at same location (Kings Cliffe). – Crew.
A/C 124-F: P-51 test fired their guns while noses were pointed in towards the formation. – Lt. Theys.
A/C 082-B: Very poor transportation. Waited one hour for the trucks. – Whole Crew.
A/C 196-M: The truck was very late getting us in from the plane tonight. – All Officers.

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


Mission Summary Report:
  1. Abortives and Flying Spares:
    1. Airplane No. 42-31238, 511th Squadron, returned early as planned. (Reason: Flying Spare).
  2. Battle Damage:
    1. Airplane No. 43-37978, 508th Squadron. Flak hole in top of left aileron causing skin damage. Flak hole on underside of left outer wing panel damaging skin, corrugation and main spar. Flak hole on underside of left inner wing panel damaging skin, corrugation and #1 main tank. Flak hole in left bomb-bay door damaging skin, and main column of ball turret.
    2. Airplane No. 43-37850, 508th Squadron. Flak hole on underside of #3 nacelle damaging ring cowling, skin, #6 cylinder and rocker box. Small skin flak hole on underside of left wing tip. Flak hole on underside of RH stabilizer damaging skin, short rib and stiffener. Flak hole on underside of left inner wing panel damaging skin, #1 fuel tank and corrugation.
    3. Airplane No. 42-97258, 508th Squadron. Flak hole on underside of fuselage, rear of ball turret, damaging skin and bulkhead. Flak hole on underside of fuselage, between ball turret and bomb-bay, damaging skin, corrugation and ball turret support. Flak hole on underside of right inner wing panel damaging skin, corrugation and main fuel tank. Flak hole on underside of right outer wing panel damaging skin, corrugation and Tokyo tank and spar. Flak hole on underside of #3 nacelle damaging skin, ring cowling and firewall. Flak hole in top of plexiglass nose.
    4. Airplane No. 42-31238, 511th Squadron. Flak hole on underside of right elevator damaging fabric and former. Flak hole on underside of left outer wing panel damaging skin, corrugation and Tokyo tank.

    TOTAL A/C DAMAGEDMAJOR DAMAGEBY FLAK
    444
  [Signed:] John W. Freeman, 1st Lt., Air Corps, Engineering Officer


“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:
    Sqdn 509th A/C:
    Sqdn 510th A/C: D–7957, P–2955, S–7512, F–7124, G–2576, J–8123, L–7515, R–8038, N–7665, B–6082, M–7196, G–7862
    Sqdn 511th A/C: (A–1238 Spare)
    P.F.F. Sqdn ___ A/C: ____

    b. 94th "A" Combat Wing   High Group
    Sqdn 508th A/C: H–8004, R–1192, Q–1879, G–7850, J–7978, B–7349, P–7258, K–8130
    Sqdn 509th A/C:
    Sqdn 510th A/C:
    Sqdn 511th A/C: F–8153, P–8089, S–7318, B–8100

    c. 94th "A" Combat Wing   Low Group
    Sqdn 508th A/C:
    Sqdn 509th A/C: G–6078, O–7595, R–6156, F–7674, U–7216, Z–7696, Y–6108, L–7676, M–7964, V–7854, T–1384, X–7926
    Sqdn 510th A/C:
    Sqdn 511th A/C:
  2. Target: 5004E/B/41
  3. W/T and R/T Operational Call Sign of each Squadron:
    Squadron508 [Call Sign]W/T MRM R/T CARLTONSquadron510 [Call Sign]W/T LTY R/T TIPSTAFF
    Squadron509 [Call Sign]W/T JUT R/T HOTMINTSquadron511 [Call Sign]W/T NPK R/T PARTNERSHIP
  4. a. Lead Box: Taxi – 1445; Take-Off – 1500; E.T.D. Field – 1500
    b. ____ Box: Taxi – ____; Take-Off – ____; E.T.D. Field – ____
  5. Time:Height:  Place of Crossing English Coast: (OUT)
    170420,000 Ft Orfordness
  6. Time:Height:  Place of Crossing Enemy Coast: (IN)
    173125,000 Ft 51°45'N-04°00'E [Veermansplaat, Netherlands]
  7. Time:Height:  Place of Crossing Enemy Coast: (Out)
    184625,000 Ft 51°45'N-04°00'E [Veermansplaat, Netherlands]
  8. Time:Height:  Place of Crossing English Coast: (IN)
    191610,000 Ft Orfordness
  9. E.T.R.(Estimated Time of Return) Base: 1945 Hours
  10. MF/DF [Medium Frequency/Direction Finder] Section: "H"
  11. Bomb load of Each A/C: "B" Lead Box
    508 Squadron:
    509 Squadron:
    510 Squadron: 6 x 1000 G.P. 1/10 x 1/40
    511 Squadron: 6 x 1000 G.P. 1/10 x 1/40

    Bomb load of Each A/C: "B" High Box
    508 Squadron: 6 x 1000 G.P. 1/10 x 1/40
    509 Squadron:
    510 Squadron:
    511 Squadron: 6 x 1000 G.P. 1/10 x 1/40

    Bomb load of Each A/C: "B" Low Box
    508 Squadron:
    509 Squadron: 6 x 1000 G.P. 1/10 x 1/40
    510 Squadron:
    511 Squadron:
  12. Fuel Load of each A/C: 1700 Gallons
  13. Group Leader:
    a. Lead Box: Name: Harris E. Rogner Rank: Col. A/C: D-7957  Sqdn. 510th
    b. High Box: Name: Kenneth C. Hales Rank: 1st Lt. A/C: H-8004 Sqdn. 508th
    c. Low Box: Name: Gerald D. Viste Rank: 1st Lt. A/C: G-6078 Sqdn. 509th
  14. Passengers, if any: (Full Name, Rank, A/C and Squadron Passenger flying with)
    None
  15. PFF A/C: None

Report Compiled By Civizzio, Rocky, S/Sgt.



Formation Chart:
94th "B" CBW Lead Box Formation at Take–Off
510th Squadron
Col. Rogner–Holsapple
A/C 43-37957 D
Whitten
A/C 43-37512 S
Auten
A/C 42-102955 P
Neal
A/C 42-107124 F
Matre
A/C 42-102576 C
McFarland
A/C 43-38123 V
McGee
A/C 43-37515 L
Belmeyer
A/C 42-38038 R
Bennett
A/C 43-37665 N
Marsey
A/C 44-6082 B
Redman
A/C 42-31238 A Spare
Gray
A/C 42-97196 M
Barnhart
A/C 43-37862 G

Spare Aircraft Returned As Planned

94th "B" CBW High Box Formation at Take–Off
508th Squadron
Hales
A/C 42-98004 H
Edwards
A/C 42-31192 R
Crabb
A/C 42-97349 B
Lord
A/C 43-37850 G
Dreyer
A/C 42-38153 F
Muffett
A/C 42-37978 J
Ballard
A/C 42-31879 Q
Kennedy
A/C 43-38089 P
Gurke
A/C 42-97318 S
Van Sandt
A/C 42-97258 P
Wishnewsky
A/C 43-38130 K
Angelini
A/C 44-8100 B


94th "B" CBW High Box Formation at Take–Off
509th Squadron
Viste
A/C 44-6078 G
Johnston
A/C 43-31384 T
McAfee
A/C 44-6156 R
Newby–Mertzlufft
A/C 43-37854 V
Weatherman
A/C 42-97216 U
McCall
A/C 43-37595 O
Hammond
A/C 43-37674 F
Barker
A/C 43-37964 M
Cunningham
A/C 42-97926 X
Walker
A/C 44-6108 Y
Whittaker
A/C 43-37696 Z
Seacrest
A/C 43-37676 L


Time Schedule:
Zero Hour: 1200 DBST [Double British Standard Time]  Briefing: 0915  Stations: 1425  Start Engines: 1435  Taxi: 1445
Take-Off: 1500 Leave Base: 1500 [Breakfast: Officers 0815]

Take Off was delayed 4 hrs.

[Wounded On Mission: 0]
The above records were obtained at the National Archives Records Administration and have been declassified by authority NND 745005
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