351st Bomb Group

Polebrook, England

Group Mission #210

Credited Mission #204

 
DATE: 29 Sept. 1944
Target: Cologne & Wesseling, Germany
 
Briefing Outline:
  1. Airplane and Crew Assignment Check.

  2. Time Schedule:
     ____ Box
    Stations   –0545
    Start Engines –0555
    Taxi     –0605
    Take Off   –0620
    Last Take Off –____

  3. Targets:
    Primary: Lead - Koln (Cologne) [Germany] - High & Low - Wesseling [Germany]
    Secondary: Koln - PFF
    Last Resort: Koln - PFF

  4. Loading:
    351 [Lead]: 12 A/C [Aircraft] - 12 x 500# GP [General Purpose] 1/10 Nose x 1/40 Tail [Fuses]
    351 [High & Low]: 24 A/C [Aircraft] - 6 x 500# GP [General Purpose] 1/10 Nose x 1/40 Tail [Fuses]
    Composite:
    Nickels [Propaganda Leaflets] in Ship # - None
    Chaff: Each A/C 360 units - Release 2 minutes before IP [Initial Point of Bomb Run] continue for 15 minutes.

  5. Gasoline Loading: 2300 gallons
    Remarks: ____

  6. Wing Formation:
     Wing Formation  94th (A) CBW  94th (B) CBW  94th (C) CBW  Comp. CBW 
    Lead351st401st457th
    Low351st401st457th
    High351st401st457th

  7. Division Formation:
    PositionCBW [Combat Wing]TargetDeparture Time at Coast
    Lead41st "A", "B", "C"Koln, Reishoz
    2nd40th "A", "B", "C"Monheim, Same as 41st
    3rd1st "A", "B", "C"Same as 41st
    4th94th "A", "B", "C"Koln - Wesseling
    5th
    6th
    7th
    8th
    9th
    10th
    11th
    2nd Division19 Sqdns.
    11 Sqdns.
    Kassel
    Ludwigshaven
    3rd Division11 CBW'sHochst on Main [River]
    Gustavsburg
    Marauders
    RAF [Royal Air Force]

    Remarks:
     Base Reference Alt. - 25,000'
     Division Assembly Line - Southwold to 5148-0352E
     Interval between task forces - 3 minutes.
     Zero Hour - 0800.

  8. Fighter Cover:
    • [Force][Latitude & Longitude][Call Sign]
      3 Groups P-51's 5120-0500  Balance 1-1, 1-2, 1-3 
      1 Group P-47's Area between 5122-0610
      and 5048-0629 
       Balance 1-4 
      1 Group P-51's Area between 5113-0728
      and 5023-0737 
       Balacne 1-5 

  9. Group Assembly:
    BoxAltitudePlace
    351 Lead20,000'Kings Cliffe
    351 High21,000'Kings Cliffe
    351 Low19,000'Kings Cliffe

  10. Navigator - _____
  11. S-2 - _____
  12. Weather - _____
  13. Special Instructions to Gunners, Bombardiers, and Radio Operators:
    A. Type of Bombing Formation -
    B. Intervalometer settings - If visual - Salvo for GP [General Purpose Bombs] - Min. for IB [Incendiary Bombs] - If PFF - 200 ft. for GP - Min. for IB's
    C. Upon reaching the I.P. the "B" and "C" groups will fly as directly above "A" group as reasonable or with as little lag as bossible so as to minimize the exposure time to flak. At the IP the 36 A/C groups will split into 12 A/C Squadrons and go to their respective targets. Each 12 A/C Sqdns. carefully maintain its position on and above the 12 A/C Sqdn. of the Lead Group. After Bombing Sqdns. need not assemble into group formation. These are army requested targets.

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

  15. (A) Code Words –
    PFF Bombing –In Clear [Words]
    Visual Bombing –In Clear [Words]
    Authenticator –"Jap Rat"
    Recall –Back the Attack
    Weather Code –VIABT
    Release "CHAFF" –In Clear [Words]

    (B) Call Signs:
    Call SignFlaresRemarks
    351st LeadWoodcraft Able LeadGY [Green Yellow]
    351st BWoodcraft Able HighGG
    351st CWoodcraft Able LowRR
    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 One
    R.A.F. Fighters
    BombersVinegrove (A) 1-10, (B) 1-11, (C) 1-12
    U.S. Grnd. ControlColgate
    R.A.F. Grnd. Control

    Control Points:Fighter Reference Points:
    C.P. 1 - SouthwoldO - Apeidoorn
    C.P. 2 - 5148-0352W - Munster
    C.P. 3 - 5120-0500N - Kassell
    _____E - Giessen
    _____R - Matricht
    _____S - Dusseldorf
    _____H - Koln
    _____I - Frankfurt
    _____P - Mannheim

    Remarks:
     Strategic reporting will be used.
     Will drop only on briefed targets. No T.O.'s [Targets of Opportunity] will be attacked.
     Lead box assembly flares will be GY [Green Yellow] instead of yellow as is on the flimsy.
     Control Point messages will be sent only by lead, bomb strike by each squadron lead.

    (D)
    Colors of the Day
    TimeColorLetterChallenge
    0100 – 0700RRDO
    0700 – 1300RGCG
    1300 – 1900R-RRYN

    (E) Ships To Monitor [Radio Channels A, B, C & D]
    1. - All except following:
    2. - P-676, X-926, M-900
    3. - H-435, S-914, D-405
    4. - All available

  16. Let-Down on Kings Cliffe, if overcast.
    351st A   030° Mag. [Magnetic Compass Heading]
    351st B   ___° Mag.
    401st A   ___° Mag.
    457th A   ___° Mag.

  17. Flying Control. –
    1. Taxi Plan.
    2. Emergency Fields - Framlingham 5212N-0124E
    3. Landing Aids.

  18. Special Instructions:
    Camera A/C to Return - Y-171, T-384, M-196
    Time Control for groups of each force will be the time the "A" Group of each force arrives at the I.P. The "B" and "C" group will depart England and fly their units so as to assume the proper position above the "A" group at the I.P. and during bombing run.
    Spares turn back at 3° East.
    Crew will be reminded of need for strict oxygen dicipline.
    Fighter/Bomber channel will be restricted to (1) Calls for assistance. (2) Reporting control or check point without obtaining receipt. (3) In Emergency.


Operational Narrative – 94th “C” CBW:
  1. Date of Mission - 27 September, 1944.
    1. Target Attaacked – Kologne [Cologne], Germany.
    2. Force – "A" Group of the 94th Combat Wing. Thirty-eight aircraft, including two flying spares and two PFF ships, took off.
    3. Position – Lead Group of the fourth combat wing in First Division.
    4. Lead Teams
      "A" Group Lead (Before IP)
      Group Leader: Major John B. Carraway.
      Pilot:1st Lt. Charles R. Woodrum
      Navigator:1st Lt. James R. Lechner
      Bombardier:1st Lt. Charles F. Henry

      "A" Group Lead (Bombing)
      Group Leader: Lt. Col. Paul D. Wood
      Pilot:1st Lt. Laurence J. Dingle
      Navigator:2nd Lt. William P. Cosgrove
      Bombardier:2nd Lt. Raymond J. Britton
  2. Narrative.
    1.  Group & Wing Assembly - Carried out at Kings Cliffe buncher at the briefed altitude of 20,000 feet. The assembly was not carried out smoothly due to the presence of high winds at the assembly altitude. However, the formation was assembled satisfactorily in order to depart from the assembly point at 0805 - one minute late.
    2.  Route Over England – A due north heading was taken upon departing from the assembly point. This was done in order to get in the proper position in respect to the "B" and "C" Groups of the 94th Combat Wing. The briefed route was crossed between Bourne and New Hunstanton, and as the formation was then ahead of time, it flew out over the Wash and then recrossed the English coast, staying to the east of the briefed course. Sufficient time was lost to enable the formation to get into the proper position behind the three task forces scheduled to precede it. The briefed route was contacted slightly west of the scheduled departure point and followed from there on.
    3.  Division Assembly – No Division formation of Combat Wings was planned. The 94th "A" Group was in the lead of the fourth Task Force as planned, and made its departure from the English coast one minute late at 25,500 feet (500 feet below the briefed altitude). The Division Assembly Line was not flown until just before the departure from the coast.
    4.  Flight to Target – The briefed route was followed in crossing the channel, and the enemy coast was crossed at the briefed point one minute late (0901) at 27,700 feet (300 feet below the briefed altitude). The briefed course was followed to the IP with only slight divergency. The actual IP was slightly to the east and south of the briefed point.
    5.  Description of Bombing Run – The PFF equipment went out in the lead aircraft just before turning on the IP. The deputy lead took over and attacked the target using "H2X" [Radar] method of bombing. The High and Low Squadrons dropped on the Lead aircraft of the "A" Group. Results were unobserved due to cloud cover. The C-1 Pilot [Autopilot] was used without malfunction.
    6.  Flight From Target – After bombing (the target had been attacked at 0937 - One minute early) the formation followed a course around the briefed route in order to avoid flak in the area of Koblenz. After making the turn, a course was taken which would permit a gradual return to the briefed route. Departure from the enemy coast was made from the briefed point one minute early (1117) at 10,000 feet, 5,000 feet below the briefed altitude. The formation flew to the left of course in order to keep in the best weather, and crossed the English coast south of course one minute early. A normal let down procedure had been followed. Return to base was made without incident.
    7.  Fighter Support – Good. Notable coverage in target area.
    8.  Comments – No aircraft were lost. No enemy aircraft were encountered. Flak at the target was moderate and generally reported as accurate, though many of the bursts were below the formation. Cloud coverage was 9 to 10/10ths in the target area. The Scouting Force reported adequate weather conditions over the target.
    9.  Aircraft Not Attacking – Aircraft 43-37964, Pilot Lt Hibbard, and aircraft 42-31384, pilot Lt Horowitz, returned early with mechanical. The two flying spares stayed with the formation.

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


Statistical Summary:
94th “C” COMBAT BOMB WING FORMATION
Lead BoxHigh BoxLow BoxTOTAL
No. of A/C Failing to Take Off0000
No. of A/C Airborne13131238
No. of A/C Airborne Less Unused Spares13131238
No. of A/C Sorties13111236
No. of A/C Attacking13111236
No. of A/C Not Attacking0202
Name of Primary TargetCologne, Germany
(A) No. of A/C Attacking Primary Target1311*1236
(B) No., Size & Type Of Bombs154 x 500# GP66 x 1000# GP72 x 1000# GP154 x 500# GP
138 x 1000# GP
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 Off061606170618
Time of Attack093209320932
Average Time of Flight6:346:436:08
Altitude of Release28,045’28,645’27,445’
Visual or PFFPFFPFFPFF
Enemy Resistance – AA Intensity & AccuracyModerate and Accurate
Enemy Resistance – Fighter0000
Enemy Resistance – Bombers0000
U.S. A/C Engaged by Enemy Aircraft0000
Degree of SuccessRESULTS UNOBSERVED

PFF A/C were borrowed from Groups as follows: None
PFF A/C were loaned to Groups as follows: None
Two PFF ships flew and attacked (Lead Sqdn.).
* The 2 flying spares (1 - Lead, 1 - High) replaced the 2 abortives of the High Box.


Intelligence S-2 Reports:
  1. No leaflets were carried on today's mission.
  2. This CBW bombed the PFF target through 9/10ths cloud. Cloud cover makes the plotting of the bombs impossible and the photographs show no recognizable ground features. PFF bombing was executed on the bombing circle and Mickey operator is unable to accurately predict the bomb fall.
  3. One crew reports seeing contrails and what appeared to be ME 163's flying high above at 40,000 feet in the vicinity of the IP and target area. There were about 18 A/C in the group, and they were leaving short broken contrails. No claims [of enemy aircraft being shot down] are being submitted.
  4. Flak at the target was moderate and generally reported as accurate, though many of the bursts were below our formation. There was meager, fairly accurate flak at Duren, and meager flak was observed along the Rhine River N of Coblenz.
  5. Cloud coverage was 9 to 10/10ths in the target area.
  6. No observations.
  7. PFF equipment was employed for bombing by this Group. Fighter support was good with notable coverage in the target area. Scouting Force reported adequate weather conditions over target area.


Bombardier’s Narrative For The Mission Of This Date:
94th "A" Group
Target - Koln, Germany (PFF)
  1. The PFF Equipment in the Lead Plane went out just after turning on the I.P. and the Deputy Lead took over and attacked the target using "H2X" [Radar] method of bombing.
  2. The High and Low Squadrons dropped on the Lead in Group Formation.
  3. Results were unobserved due to cloud cover.
  [Signed] William B. Lyttle, Capt., Air Corps, Group Bombardier.


Combat Bombing Flight Record:

Bombardier - 2nd Lt. Britton, R.S.
Pilot - 1st Lt. Dingle, L.J.
Navigator - 2nd Lt. Cosgrove, W.D.

Aircraft B-17G   L-045  Take-off - 0616 Landed - 1250
Objective - Koln, Germany
Aiming Point (MPI) [Mean Point of Impact] - PFF
Initial Point - As Briefed
Method of Attack - Group
No. of Attacking A/C in Group: - 36   Composite Group - ____
Number A/C Dropping Bombs by own Sighting Operation: One
Deflection and Range Sighting, Group: PFF   Composite Group - ____
Range Sighting only, Group - __   Composite Group - ____
Bombs, Types and Sizes - 500# G.P. [General Purpose] AN-M43
Number of Bombs Loaded - 12   Released - Same
Fusing, Nose - 1/10   Tail - 1/40
Synchronization - PFF On

Information at Release Point:

Altitude of Target - +165Magnetic Heading Ordered 86° Actual 119°
True Altitude Above Target - 28,045True Heading 112°
Indicated Altitude - 28,000Drift, Estimated 5° Right - Actual 5° Right
Pressure Altitude of Target +9True Track 110°
Altimeter Setting 29.92Actual Range 18,752'
Calculated Indicated Air Speed - 150KB.S. Type - M-11
True Air Speed - 205KTime of Release 0932
Ground Speed Est. 260 Actual 260Length of Bombing Run - 4 Min.
Wind Direction Metro - 280° Actual - 280°Intervalometer Setting - 200'
Wind Velocity Metro 73K Actual 73K C-1 Pilot [Autopilot] _____
D.S. - 119  Trail - 64   ATF - 44.51A-5 Pilot _____
Tan. D.A, Est. .66 Actual .66 Manual Pilot - X [Used]

Type of Release - 200' Train
Point of Impact If Seen - Unobserved
Mean Temp. Metro -13 Actual -13
Winds - Altitude - 28,000 Ft.  Direction - Metro 280°  Actual 280°  Velocity - Metro 73K  Actual 73K
Temp C. - Metro -43° C. Actual -43° C.



Track Chart:
Click on Chart to Enlarge.



Combat Crew Comments:

    508th Squadron:
A/C L-956: The trucks were slow in getting out. - Lt. Zimmerman.
A/C M-900: When Air Commmander gives instructions over VHF he should use B and C as well as A channels. - Lt. Kennedy.

    509th Squadron:
A/C N-169: High Box lead was very good today. - Lt. Walker
A/C X-926: Formation looked to be very good today. - Lt. Peterson.
A/C S-914: Need more food in A/C. - Crew.
A/C F-674: Get trucks out to A/C sooner after landing; have to wait much too long. - Lt. Storms.
A/C Z-696: sn't sufficient space for 3 crews in transportation as Ops memo dictates; requires additional time to separate equipment. - Lt. Knight.

    510th Squadron:
A/C A-465: Leader of High Sq. of High Box did a good job of leading. - Lt. McFarland.
A/C G-862: The first aid kit containing splints was not it our A/C today, and we needed it. The last three missions we have been short
of some article. Would it be possible also to furnish a stimulant in the planes for wounded men, such as a jigger of whiskey? - Lt. Cramer, Lt. Gode, Lt. Lubozynski.

    511th Squadron:
A/C K-585: Late in starting engines because of delay in fusing bombs. - Lt. Johnson.
A/C D-524: Lead today was excellent. - Lt. Popp.

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


Mission Summary Report:
  1. Abortives and Flying Spares:
    1. Airplane No. 43-37964, 509th Squadron, returned early because of internal failure #2 engine. (Mechanical).
    2. Airplane No. 42-31384, 509th Squadron, returned early. Pilot stated #3 propeller ran away. Aircraft was flight checked at altitude and #3 propeller ran away, indicating faulty governor. (Mechanical).
  2. Battle Damage:
    1. Airplane No. 43-37862, 510th Squadron. Two flak holes through right wing inboard panel, damaging skin, corrugation, and stiffener. Flak damage to #2 nacelle, damaging landing gear safety conduit. Flak entered right side of tail section, damaged skin, oxygen hose and injured tail gunner. (Minor)
    2. Airplane No. 43-38585, 511th Squadron. Skin and corrugation damage to underside right inboard wing panel. Flak hole in ball turret glass. Two inch flak hole, skin, circumferential, ball turret support ring, and electrical wiring. (Major)
    3. Airplane No. 43-38171, 511th Squadron. Flak entered left wing at top and came out bottom, damaging skin and corrugation and tokio tanks. Small flak hole through vertical stabilizer. (Major)
    4. Airplane No. 43-37524, 511th Squadron. Flak hole through right landing flap and wing, damaging spar of flap and wing stiffener. Flak hole up into inspection door of oil cooler, damaging skin. (Major)
    5. Airplane No. 42-98004, 508th Squadron. Flak tore out ball turret, severed numerous longerons and ribs, demolished bulkhead 6, and tore off 40 square feet of skin on right side. Vertical fin is also badly bent. (Salvage).
    Click on Picture to Enlarge.


    TOTAL A/C DAMAGEDMAJOR DAMAGEMINOR DAMAGEBY FLAK
    5415
  [Signed:] John W. Freeman, Captain, Air Corps, Group Engineering Officer


Aircraft Returning Early:

Aircraft No. 384 Squadron -   Pilot - F/O Horowitz
Time of Abortive - 0815  Location when Aborted - New Hunstenton
Reason For Abortive - Runaway Prop #3
Disposition of Bombs: 0020E-5320N - Jettisoned
Altitude At Time of Aborting: 21,000 ft.
Enemy Opposition Encountered - None
Remarks: ____
[Signed] Norman B. Horowitz


Aircraft No. 964 Squadron - 509th  Pilot - Lt. Hibbard
Time of Abortive - 0715  Location when Aborted - Kings Cliffe
Reason For Abortive - Losing oil from #2. Oil pressure went to 90# then dropped to 60#. Prop tended to overspeed, then underspeed. Lost large amount of oil from breather.
Disposition of Bombs: returned
Altitude At Time of Aborting: 16,000
Enemy Opposition Encountered - None
Remarks: ____
[Signed] H. Hibbard, 1st Lt.



“J” Form:
  1. Last Four numbers and Call Letter of A/C in each Squadron:
    a. 94th "A"Grooup   Lead Sqdn.
    Sqdn 508th A/C:
    Sqdn 509th A/C:
    Sqdn 510th A/C: K–7252, G–7863, H–8280, (N–7665 Flying Spare)
    Sqdn 511th A/C: Z–7687 PFF Lead, L–8045 Deputy Lead, P–7676, D–7524, H–8435, Y–8171, X–7571, K–8585, A–8428

    b. 94th "A" Group   High Sqdn.
    Sqdn 508th A/C:
    Sqdn 509th A/C: P–8432, Q–8116, X–7926, V–7854, Z–7696, T–1384, R–6156 N–7169, F–7674, O–7595, M–7964, S–9914
    Sqdn 510th A/C: (A–8465 Flying Spare)
    Sqdn 511th A/C:

    c. 94th "A" Group   Low Sqdn.
    Sqdn 508th A/C: H–8004, B–7349, M–7900, L–7956, C–7843, D–8405, F–1711, K–8130, J–7978
    Sqdn 509th A/C:
    Sqdn 510th A/C: M–7196
    Sqdn 511th A/C: F–7124, U–7381
  2. Target: Lead - GH-610 High & Low - GQ-1510A
  3. W/T and R/T Operational Call Sign of each Squadron:
    Squadron508 [Call Sign]W/T KPB R/T CARLTONSquadron510 [Call Sign]W/T JUB R/T TIPSTAFF
    Squadron509 [Call Sign]W/T MCK R/T HOTMINTSquadron511 [Call Sign]W/T RMR R/T PARTNERSHIP
  4. a. Lead Box: Taxi – 0605; Take-Off – 0620; E.T.D. Field – 0620
    b. ____ Box: Taxi – ____; Take-Off – ____; E.T.D. Field – ____
  5. Time:Height:  Place of Crossing English Coast: (OUT)
    083926,000 Ft Southwold
  6. Time:Height:  Place of Crossing Enemy Coast: (IN)
    090028,000 Ft 51°48'N-03°52'E [Ouddorp, Netherlands]
  7. Time:Height:  Place of Crossing Enemy Coast: (Out)
    111815,000 Ft Ostend [Belgium]
  8. Time:Height:  Place of Crossing English Coast: (IN)
    11575,000 Ft Southwold
  9. E.T.R.(Estimated Time of Return) Base: 1236 Hours
  10. MF/DF [Medium Frequency/Direction Finder] Section: "H"
  11. Bomb load of Each A/C: "A" Lead Box
    508 Squadron: All A/C 12 x 500# G.P. [General Purpose] 1/10 x 1/40 [Fuses]
    509 Squadron:
    510 Squadron:
    511 Squadron:

    Bomb load of Each A/C: "A" High Box
    508 Squadron: All A/C 6 x 1000# G.P. [General Purpose] 1/10 x 1/40 [Fuses]
    509 Squadron:
    510 Squadron:
    511 Squadron:

    Bomb load of Each A/C: "A" Low Sqdn.
    508 Squadron: All A/C 6 x 1000# G.P. [General Purpose] 1/10 x 1/40 [Fuses]
    509 Squadron:
    510 Squadron:
    511 Squadron:
  12. Fuel Load of each A/C: 2300 Gallons
  13. Group Leader:
    a. Lead Sqdn.: Name: J.B. Carraway Rank: Major A/C: Z-7687  Sqdn. 511
    b. High Sqdn.: Name: V.R. Weatherman Rank: 1st Lt. A/C: P-8432 Sqdn. 509
    c. Low Sqdn.: Name: J.H. Geiger Rank: Capt. A/C: H-8004 Sqdn. 508
  14. Passengers, if any: (Full Name, Rank, A/C and Squadron Passenger flying with)
    None

Report Compiled By L.A. Carley, T/Sgt.



Formation Chart:
94th "A" Group Lead Sqdn. Formation at Take–Off
511th Squadron
Carraway–Woodrum
A/C 42-97687 Z PFF
Bjoring
A/C 42-102676 P
Wood–Dingle
A/C 44-8045 L PFF
Popp
A/C 43-37524 D
Lambert
A/C 43-37571 X
Carle
A/C 44-8280 H
Schwartz
A/C 43-38435 H
McNamara
A/C 43-38426 B
Johnson
A/C 43-38585 K
Merrill
A/C 43-38171 Y
Bennett
A/C 43-37665 N Flying Spare
Cramer
A/C 43-37862 G
McGee
A/C 42-97252 K


94th "A" Group Lead Sqdn. Formation Over Target
511th Squadron
Wood–Dingle
A/C 44-8045 L PFF
Bjoring
A/C 42-102676 P
Carraway–Woodrum
A/C 42-97687 Z PFF
Popp
A/C 43-37524 D
Lambert
A/C 43-37571 X
Carle
A/C 44-8280 H
Schwartz
A/C 43-38435 H
McNamara
A/C 43-38426 B
Johnson
A/C 43-38585 K
Merrill
A/C 43-38171 Y
Cramer
A/C 43-37862 G
McGee
A/C 42-97252 K


94th "A" Group High Sqdn. Formation at Take–Off
509th Squadron
Weatherman
A/C 42-97193 P
Petersen
A/C 42-97926 X
Secrest
A/C 43-38116 Q
Hammond
A/C 43-37854 V
Tebbel
A/C 43-37957 O
Horowitz
A/C 42-31384 T
Knight
A/C 43-37696 Z
Barker
A/C 42-39914 S
Hibbard
A/C 43-37964 M
Basehore–McConnell
A/C 44-6156 R
McFarland
A/C 43-38465 A Flying Spare
McGuire
A/C 43-37674 F
Walker, G
A/C 42-97169 N


94th "A" Group High Sqdn. Formation Over Target
509th Squadron
Weatherman
A/C 42-97193 P
Petersen
A/C 42-97926 X
Secrest
A/C 43-38116 Q
Hammond
A/C 43-37854 V
Tebbel
A/C 43-37957 O
Bennett
A/C 43-37665 N
Knight
A/C 43-37696 Z
Barker
A/C 42-39914 S
McFarland
A/C 43-38465 A
Basehore–McConnell
A/C 44-6156 R
McGuire
A/C 43-37674 F
Walker, G
A/C 42-97169 N


94th "A" Group Low Sqdn. Formation at Take–Off and Over Target
508th Squadron
Geiger–Muffett
A/C 42-98004 H
Kennedy
A/C 43-37900 M
Muhleman
A/C 42-97349 B
Angelini
A/C 43-37956 L
Lambert
A/C 43-37571 X
Galloway
A/C 42-97843 C
Stahl
A/C 42-107124 F
McNamara
A/C 43-38426 B
Johnson
A/C 43-38585 K
Van Sandt
A/C 43-38405 D
Bennett
A/C 43-37665 N Flying Spare
Wishnewsky
A/C 42-31711 F
Sullivan
A/C 42-97196 M


Time Schedule:
Zero Hour: 0800 BST [British Standard Time]  Briefing: 0530 Stations: 0545 Start Engines: 0555 Taxi: 0605 Take-Off: 0620  Leave Base: 0620 [Breakfast: Enlisted Men 0130; Officers 0200]

[Wounded On Mission: 3]
[Killed in Action: 1]


Description of the Mission printed in the book "The 351st Bomb Group in WWII" written by Ken Harbour & Peter Harris.
Used with permission.

Over the target a flak shell entered the ball turret of 42-98004, piloted by Captain Geiger, and exploded. The ball turret was blown completely away and a large hole blown in the right side of the fuselage. Sgt. Kurtz, the “Y” radio operator, and Sgt. Divil, the ball turret gunner, were blown out of the ship. Somehow the plane held together and Captain Geiger brought it back to base.



Account of Crewmen's Fates:

Sgt. KENNETH D. DIVIL was killed instantly when a 88 mm. antiaircraft shell hit the Ball Turret he was occupying and subsequently exploded in the fuselage blowing a 40 sq. ft. hole in the right side of the plane and blowing the Radar Operator Sgt. Kurtz out of the plane. He was fortunate to have been wearing his parachute at the time.

Sgt. KURTZ, JOHN J., POW at Stalag Luft 4 Gross-Tychow (formerly Heydekrug) Pomerania, Prussia (moved to Wobbelin Bei Ludwigslust) (To Usedom Bei Savenmunde) 54-16. Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated.



Killed in Action:
  • Sgt. Divil, Kenneth D., Died on the Mission of 27 Sep. 1944.
    Buried: Plot D Row 10 Grave 53, Ardennes American Cemetery, Neupré, Belgium.
    Awards: Air Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Purple Heart.


Click on Photo to Enlarge
The above records were obtained at the National Archives Records Administration and have been declassified by authority NND 745005
Please contact us with your comments and corrections.