351st Bomb Group

Polebrook, England

Group Mission #215

Credited Mission #209

 
DATE: 6 Oct. 1944
Target: Airfield, Stargard, Germany (Secondary Target)
 
Briefing Outline:
  1. Airplane and Crew Assignment Check.

  2. Time Schedule:
     94 “A”
    Stations   –0710
    Start Engines –0720
    Taxi     –0730
    Take Off   –0745
    Last Take Off –0845

  3. Targets:
    Primary: Politz [Germany] - PFF - Stralsund [Germany]
    Secondary: Stargard
    Last Resort: Stralsund

  4. Loading:
    351“A”: 10 x 500 GP - 1/10 N [Nose] x 1/40 T [Tail] All A/C [Aircraft]
    351“B”:
    Composite:
    Nickels [Propaganda Leaflets] in Ship # - None
    Chaff: All A/C 360 units. Commence release at 12 minutes before target – continue for 15 minutes.

  5. Gasoline Loading: 2700 gallons
    Remarks: ____

  6. Wing Formation:
     Wing Formation  94th (A) CBW  94th (B) CBW  94th (C) CBW  Comp. CBW 
    Lead351457401
    Low351457401
    High351457401

  7. Division Formation:
    PositionCBW [Combat Wing]TargetDeparture Time at Coast
    Lead40 "A"Stargard
    2nd40 "B"Stargard
    3rd40 “C”Stettin
    4th40 “D”Stettin
    5th41 “A”Politz
    6th41 “B”Politz
    7th94 “A”Politz
    8th94 “B”Politz
    9th94 “C”Politz
    10th1st “A”Politz
    11th1st “B”Neubrandenburg
    12th1st “C”Neubrandenburg
    2nd Division
    3rd Division
    Marauders
    RAF [Royal Air Force]

    Remarks:
     Base Reference Altitude – 23,000’.
     Division Assembly Line – Louth - 54°00’N-04°20’E [In North Sea NW of Leeuwarden, Netherlands.]
     Interval between Combat Wings – 2 minutes.
     Zero hour – 0900.

  8. Fighter Cover:
    • [Force][Latitude & Longitude][Call Sign][Support]
      1 Grp. P-51’s 54°39’N To 09°46’E  Balance 1-1 Close
      1 Grp. P-51’s 54°39’N To 09°46’E  Balance 1-2 Close
      1 Grp. P-51’s 54°28’N To 12°00’E   Balance 1-3 Close
      1 Grp. P-51’s 54°34’N To 09°00’  Balance 1-4 

  9. Group Assembly:
     94th "A"BoxAltitudePlace
    351 Lead 5,000'  Kings Cliffe [Buncher] 
    351 Low4,000'Kings Cliffe [Buncher]
    351 High6,000'Kings Cliffe [Buncher]
     94th "B" 457 Lead 5,000'  Glatton [Buncher] 
    457 High4,000'Glatton [Buncher]
    457 Low6,000'Glatton [Buncher]
     94th "C401 Lead 5,000'  Cottesmore [Buncher] 
    401 Low4,000'Cottesmore [Buncher]
    401 High6,000'Cottesmore [Buncher]

  10. Navigator - _____
  11. S-2 - _____
  12. Weather - _____
  13. Special Instructions to Gunners, Bombardiers, and Radio Operators:
     Intervalometer Settings: Visual - SALVO GP’s and SALVO RDX B2’s - Minimum for M-17’s - PFF – 100 feet.

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

  15. (A) Code Words –
    PFF Bombing –In the Clear
    Visual Bombing –In the Clear
    Authenticator –“Home Run”
    Recall –Nan Able Love
    Weather Code –ABITV
    Release "CHAFF" –In the Clear

    (B) Call Signs:
    Call SignFlaresRemarks
    351st A LeadWoodcraft Able LeadRG [Red Green]
    351st B LowWoodcraft Able LowRR
    351st C HighWoodcraft Able LowGG
    401st ANormal
    401st BNormal
    457th ANormal
    457th BNormal
    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 1-7
    U.S. Grnd. ControlColgate
    R.A.F. Grnd. Control

    Control Points:Fighter Reference Points:
    C.P. 1 - LouthW - Hamburg
    C.P. 2 - 5434N-0900EH - Ludwigslust
    C.P. 3 - 54°28’N-12°00’EI - Berlin
    C.P. 4 - 54°34’N-09°00’ES - Spendal
    _____T - Neubrandenburg
    _____E - Stettin

    Remarks: ____

    (D)
    Colors of the Day
    TimeColorLetterChallenge
    0100 – 0700RGWF
    0700 – 1300GGOD
    1300 – 1900Y-YRPL

    (E) Ships To Monitor [Radio Channels A, B, C & D]
    1. - All except:
    2. - R-038, Y-171, P-258
    3. - B-701 A-222 G-862, B-802 [B-082], A-465
    4. - All available

  16. Let-Down on _____, 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.
    3. Landing Aids.

  18. Special Instructions:
     Camera A/C to Return - S-512, F-711, F-124
     Spares return at 03° East.


Operational Narrative – 94th “C” CBW:
  1. Date of Mission - 6 October, 1944.
    1. Target – Stargard, [Germany] (Secondary). [This city is in Poland today.]
    2. Force – 94th “A” Group. Thirty-eight aircraft, including two flying spares and three PFF ships, took off.
    3. Position – Briefed and flew as the seventh group in 1st Division, and lead group of the 94th Combat Wing.
    4. Lead Teams
      Group Lead
      Air Commander: Major F.A. Richardson
      Pilot:Captain John T. Eickhoff
      Navigator:1st Lt. John R. Gulnac
      Bombardier:1st Lt. Warren C. Steitz

      High Sqdn. Lead
      Leader: 1st Lt. Evan A. Poston
      Pilot:Captain Norman A. Trapp
      Navigator:2nd Lt. Irl A. Irwin
      Bombardier:2nd Lt. George H. Plaut

      Low Sqdn. Lead
      Leader: 1st Lt. Vernon R. Weatherman
      Pilot:2nd Lt. Archie E. Crews
      Navigator:2nd Lt. Thomas C. Kyser
      Bombardier:2nd Lt. Arnold Schiffman
  2. Narrative.
    1.  Group & Wing Assembly - Assembly was carried out exactly as briefed over the Kings Cliffe buncher, with the exception that on the advice of the weather ship, it was made at the briefed altitude plus 2,000 feet (7,000 feet).
    2.  Route Over England – The buncher was departed on course and on time (0844). Crowland was reached as briefed and the formation was over Louth one minute early, at 0911, and still 2,000 feet above the briefed altitude (7,000 feet). The turn at Louth was cut wide in order to fall into the proper position in the Division formation.
    3.  Division Assembly – The English coast was crossed just north of course at 7,000 feet at 0916. The remainder of the Division Assembly Line was flown as briefed and in the proper position.
    4.  Flight to Target – The route in was followed exactly as briefed. Due to a change in winds, the second control point was reached eight minutes early (1055), and the formation was fourteen minutes ahead of schedule at the third control point, and 4,000 feet below the briefed altitude (at 16,000 feet). The fourth control point was reached on course, twelve minutes early (1217) at 20,500 feet altitude.
    5.  Description of Bombing Run – On the last leg of the route before the IP [Initial Point of Bomb Run], information received from the Scouting Force indicated that the primary target was clouded over; so the IP was cut wide and a visual run was made on the secondary target, with each squadron performing its own sighting operation. The IP used was 53°11’N-13°51’E [The western shore of Oberuckersee, Germany]. Visibility was poor due to smoke from previous bombing, but the lead squadron identified the MPI [Mean Point of Impact] 60 seconds before the release line. No interference was encountered on the bombing run. The high squadron used the same IP, but was unable to identify the MPI. Bombs were dropped in the smoke of previous bombs, and no interference was encountered on the run. The low squadron made the turn at the briefed IP, reported visibility to be good, and identified the MPI five minutes before the release line. No interference was encountered by the low squadron on the bombing run. In all three cases, the C-1 Pilot [Autopilot] was used satisfactorily.
    6.  Flight From Target – After bombs away at the secondary target, the group reformed and made a wide swing in order to avoid flak known to be in the target area. The first control point after the target was reached two minutes late (1320) on course and at the briefed altitude of 20,000 feet. The remainder of the withdrawal from enemy territory was as briefed, with only one to two minutes variation in time schedules. The enemy coast was crossed on course at 1441. A gradual let down was begun on the route across the North Sea, with time again being gained due to changed winds. The English coast was crossed at the briefed point at 3,400 feet at 1626. A normal let down was made and the return to base was uneventful.
    7.  Fighter Support – Good.
    8.  Comments – No aircraft were lost. No enemy aircraft were encountered, and there was no flak in the target area. Moderate flak was observed at Kiel, Stettin, Politz, and Flensburg.
    9.  Aircraft Not Attacking – The flying spare scheduled with the lead squadron returned as briefed. A/C 42-97381 (low squadron) pilot Lt. Mueller, returned early, reporting the #2 engine very rough. This ship was replaced by the flying spare scheduled with the high squadron. The remaining thirty-six aircraft attacked the secondary target. One aircraft also attacked a target of opportunity (Freiewald) with two bombs which failed to release over the target.

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


Statistical Summary:
94th "A" GROUP 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 Spares12131237
No. of A/C Sorties12121236
No. of A/C Attacking12131137
No. of A/C Not Attacking0011
Name of Primary Target
(A) No. of A/C Attacking Primary Target
(B) No., Size & Type Of Bombs120 x 500# GP120 x 500# GP360 x 500# GP
Name of Secondary TargetSTARGARD, GERMANY
(A) No. of A/C Attacking Secondary Target12131136
(B) No., Size & Type Of Bombs 120 x 500# GP  126 x 500# GP  108 x 500# GP  354 x 500# GP 
Name of Last Resort Target (LRT)
(A) No. of A/C Attacking LRT
(B) No., Size & Type Of Bombs
Name of Target of Opportunity (T.O.)FREIEWALD, GERMANY
(A) No. of A/C Attacking T.O.11
(B) No., Size & Type Of Bombs2 x 500# GP2 x 500# GP
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 Off074007520744
Time of Attack13031304½1304
Average Time of Flight9:169:119:24
Altitude of Release25,408’25,750’24,858’
Visual or PFFVisualVisualVisual
Enemy Resistance – AA Intensity & AccuracyMODERATE FLAK EN ROUTE
Enemy Resistance – Fighter0000
Enemy Resistance – Bombers0000
U.S. A/C Engaged by Enemy Aircraft0000
Degree of SuccessGoodGoodGood

PFF A/C were borrowed from Groups as follows: None
PFF A/C were loaned to Groups as follows: None
 3 PFF A/C were used (2 – Lead, 1 – High) All Attacked


Bombardier’s Narrative – Lead Squadron 94th “A” Wing:
Secondary Target – A/D [Airdrome] at Stargard, Germany. [In Poland today.]
  1. Bombing was visual.
  2. Each squadron performed their own sighting operations.
  3. The I.P. [Initial Point of Bomb Run] was 53°11’N, 13°51’E [Western shore of Oberuckersee.]
  4. Visibility was poor due to smoke from previous bombing.
  5. Clouds prevented visual bombing, being 10/10ths over the target area.
  6. The M.P.I. [Mean Point of Impact] was identified 60 seconds before the release line.
  7. No interference encountered on the bombing run.
  8. The C-1 Pilot [Autopilot] was used satisfactorily.
  [Signed] Warren C. Steitz, 1st Lt., Air Corps, Lead Bombardier, Lead Squadron 94th “A” CBW


Combat Bombing Flight Record – Lead Squadron 94th “A” Wing:

Bombardier - Lt. Steitz, Warren C.
Pilot - Major Richardson, F.A. & Captain Eickhoff, J.T.
Navigator - Lt. Gulnac, John R.

Aircraft B-17G   B-701  Take-off - 0741 Landed - 1655
Objective - Secondary – A/D [Airdrome] at Stargard, Germany [In Poland today.]
Aiming Point (MPI) [Mean Point of Impact] - As Briefed
Initial Point - 53°11’N-13°51’E [Western shore of Oberuckersee.]
Method of Attack - Squadron
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] 500-LB., AN-M43 & Smoke Marker
Number of Bombs Loaded - 10 & Marker   Released - Same
Fusing, Nose - 1/10   Tail - 1/40
Synchronization - On

Information at Release Point:  Heavy Smoke over Target

Altitude of Target - ___Magnetic Heading Ordered 60° Actual 77°
True Altitude Above Target - 25,408’True Heading 73°
Indicated Altitude - 24,900’Drift, Estimated 3° Right - Actual 4° Right
Pressure Altitude of Target -296True Track 77°
Altimeter Setting 29.92Actual Range 11,736'
Calculated Indicated Air Speed - 150KB.S. [Bombsight] Type - M-9 #1233
True Air Speed - 228KTime of Release 1303
Ground Speed Est. 214 Actual 228Length of Bombing Run - 60 sec.
Wind Direction Metro - 10° Actual - 8°Intervalometer Setting - Salvo
Wind Velocity Metro 15K Actual 9K C-1 Pilot [Autopilot] - Yes
D.S. - 125.9  Trail - 58   ATF - 42.15A-5 Pilot _____
Tan. D.A, Est. .46 Actual .45 Manual Pilot - ____

Type of Release - Salvo
Point of Impact If Seen - Good
Mean Temp. Metro -8.5 Actual -7
Winds - Altitude - 26,000 Ft.  Direction - Metro 10°  Actual 8°  Velocity - Metro 15K  Actual 9K
Temp C. - Metro -32° C. Actual -21° C.



Bombardier’s Narrative – High Squadron 94th “A” CBW:
Secondary Target – A/D [Airdrome] at Stargard, Germany. [In Poland today.]
  1. Bombing was visual.
  2. Each squadron performed their own sighting operations.
  3. The I.P. [Initial Point of Bomb Run] was 53°15’N-13°51’E [Southwest shore of Oberuckersee.]
  4. Visibility was poor due to smoke from previous bombing.
  5. M.P.I. [Mean Point of Impact] was not actually seen, but bombed into the smoke.
  6. No interference encountered on the bombing run.
  7. The C-1 Pilot [Autopilot] was used satisfactorily.
  [Signed] George Plaut, 1st Lt., Air Corps, Lead Bombardier, High Sqdn., 94th “A” CBW


Combat Bombing Flight Record – High Squadron 94th “A” Wing:

Bombardier - Lt. Plaut, George
Pilot - Lt. Posten, Evan
Navigator - Lt. Irvin, Irl

Aircraft B-17G   B-701  Take-off - 0741 Landed - 1700
Objective - Secondary – A/D [Airdrome] at Stargard, Germany [In Poland today.]
Aiming Point (MPI) [Mean Point of Impact] - As Briefed
Initial Point - 53°15’N-13°51’E [Southwest shore of Oberuckersee.]
Method of Attack - Squadron
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 - None   Composite Group - ____
Bombs, Types and Sizes - G.P. [General Purpose] 500-LB., AN-M43 & Smoke Marker
Number of Bombs Loaded - 10 & Marker   Released - Same
Fusing, Nose - 1/10   Tail - 1/40
Synchronization - On

Information at Release Point:  Heavy Smoke over Target

Altitude of Target - ___Magnetic Heading Ordered 60° Actual 73°
True Altitude Above Target - 25,750’True Heading 70°
Indicated Altitude - 25,300’Drift, Estimated 3° Right - Actual 1° Right
Pressure Altitude of Target -296True Track 71°
Altimeter Setting 29.92Actual Range 11,882'
Calculated Indicated Air Speed - 150KB.S. [Bombsight] Type - M-9
True Air Speed - 232KTime of Release 1304½
Ground Speed Est. 214 Actual 202Length of Bombing Run - 30 miles
Wind Direction Metro - 140° Actual - 61°Intervalometer Setting - Salvo
Wind Velocity Metro 12K Actual 171/2K C-1 Pilot [Autopilot] - Yes
D.S. - 124.2  Trail - 60   ATF - 47.70A-5 Pilot _____
Tan. D.A, Est. .45 Actual .425 Manual Pilot - ____

Type of Release - Salvo
Point of Impact If Seen - Fair to Good
Mean Temp. Metro -8.5 Actual -2
Winds - Altitude - 26,000 Ft.  Direction - Metro 140°  Actual 60°  Velocity - Metro 12K  Actual 17½ K
Temp C. - Metro -32° C. Actual -25° C.



Bombardier’s Narrative – Low Squadron 94th “A” Wing:
Secondary Target – A/D [Airdrome] at Stargard, Germany. [In Poland today.]
  1. Bombing was visual.
  2. Each squadron performed their own sighting operations.
  3. The turn at the I.P. [Initial Point of Bomb Run] was as briefed.
  4. Visibility was good.
  5. M.P.I. [Mean Point of Impact] was identified five minutes before the release line.
  6. No interference encountered on the bombing run.
  7. The C-1 Pilot [Autopilot] was used satisfactorily.
  [Signed] Arnold Schiffman, 1st Lt., Air Corps, Lead Bombardier, Lead Bombardier, Low Sqdn., 94th “A” CBW


Combat Bombing Flight Record – Low Squadron 94th “A” Wing:

Bombardier - Lt. Schiffman, Arnold
Pilot - Lt. Weatherman, Vernon R.
Navigator - Lt. Kyser, Thomas C.

Aircraft B-17G   P-432  Take-off - 0745 Landed - 1720
Objective - Secondary – A/D [Airdrome] at Stargard, Germany [In Poland today.]
Aiming Point (MPI) [Mean Point of Impact] - As Briefed
Initial Point - As Briefed
Method of Attack - Squadron
No. of Attacking A/C in Group: - 12   Composite Group - ____
Number A/C Dropping Bombs by own Sighting Operation: 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] 500-LB., AN-M43 & Smoke Marker
Number of Bombs Loaded - 10 & Marker   Released - Same
Fusing, Nose - 1/10   Tail - 1/40
Synchronization - On

Information at Release Point:

Altitude of Target - ___Magnetic Heading Ordered 60° Actual 76°
True Altitude Above Target - 24,858’True Heading 73°
Indicated Altitude - 24,400’Drift, Estimated 3° Right - Actual 6° Right
Pressure Altitude of Target -296True Track 79°
Altimeter Setting 29.92Actual Range 11,680'
Calculated Indicated Air Speed - 150KB.S. [Bombsight] Type - M-9 Norden
True Air Speed - 228KTime of Release 1304
Ground Speed Est. 214 Actual 190Length of Bombing Run - 30 miles
Wind Direction Metro - 16° Actual - 30°Intervalometer Setting - Salvo
Wind Velocity Metro 15K Actual 25K C-1 Pilot [Autopilot] - Yes
D.S. - 127.4  Trail - 60   ATF - 41.60A-5 Pilot _____
Tan. D.A, Est. .47 Actual .48 Manual Pilot - ____

Type of Release - Salvo
Point of Impact If Seen - Good
Mean Temp. Metro -8.5 Actual -7
Winds - Altitude - 24,000 Ft.  Direction - Metro 16°  Actual 30°  Velocity - Metro 15K  Actual 25K
Temp C. - Metro -21° C. Actual -21° C.



Preliminary Damage Assessment:
  1. The three squadrons of this Group bombed the secondary target at Stargard, Germany. [In Poland today.] The target had been hit previously and smoke covered the eastern part of the target area. A fire seems to be burning in the repair hangar and workshop. Photo cover is complete, but the smoke makes accurate plotting of bursts difficult.
  2. The bombs of the Lead Squadron were scattered in a long, narrow pattern. The heaviest concentration fell on the landing ground just short of the MPI [Mean Point of Impact]. Some bursts are seen on the MPI building and some in the area of the M/T yard and the W/T station. Several scattered bursts hit in the barracks and administrative area, with a direct hit on the large L-shaped building. The pattern is 5,970 feet by 1,265 feet, with the center of the pattern in the MPI.
  3. The bombs of the Low Squadron fell into the pattern of the Lead, and the two patterns merge. The heaviest concentration of the Low is slightly to the left of the MPI and in the area of a workshop building that is under construction. There should be some hits on the main repair hangar (MPI), a small hangar, and a near miss on the control tower. Further damage will also be done to the M/T yard. An approximate pattern is 1,926 feet by 1,070 feet, with the center of the pattern slightly left of the MPI.
  4. The bombs of the High Squadron fell short of the MPI and in the area of the control building. The pattern is partially obscured by smoke from the Lead and Low, but bombs can be seen bursting along the hangar line. A salvo of bombs scores a direct hit on a hangar adjoining the M/G range, and another salvo hit on, or very near, the control buildings. Another salvo hit in the barracks area at a street intersection. Bursts can be seen near the main repair hangar (MPI), but smoke prevents accurate plotting of hits. The pattern is 1,877 feet by 1,345 feet, with some bursts outside of the main pattern. The center of the pattern is 1,138 feet short of the MPI.
  [Signed:] Thomas L. Cooper, Captain, Air Corps, Group P.I. [Photo Intelligence]


Narrative Teletype Report:
  1. No leaflets were carried on today's mission.
  2. Photos show the bombing results to be good. Heavy smoke covered the target from previous bombing, but heavy concentration can be seen in the target area. There will be some damage to hangars along the flight line and bursts can be seen in the administrative quarters of the target, Stargard A/F [Airfield] secondary.
  3. There was no enemy opposition, and no claims [of enemy aircraft being shot down] are being submitted.
  4. No flak was encountered at the target, and only moderate flak was observed at Kiel, Stettin, Politz, and Flensburg.
  5. Clouds were from 1-3/10ths enroute [sic] to target. 3/10ths clouds prevailed in the target area, offering a clear view for visual bombing.
  6. Twelve (12) seaplanes were dispersed in the bay area of Dievenow [Dziwnow, Poland] (54°02’N-14°45’E). Camouflaged buildings and fighter strip were seen in wooded area (54°15’N-12°19’) [Between Graal-Muritz & Ribnitz-Damgarten, Germany]. Series of large installations were observed on north shore of Fehmarn Island. Eighteen (18) S/E [single engine] seaplanes were taxiing in Stettiner Haven (53°53’N-14°10’E) [Off Garz, Germany]. A number of aircraft appeared on the airfield at 54°46’N-09°22’E [Just SW of Flensburg, Germany]. Six large ships were anchored in the Kiel harbor.
  7. PFF units were employed as navigational aids. Fighter support proved adequate. Weather information from Scouting Force was received in sufficient time to allow selection of secondary target as primary was overcast with clouds. New code system employed by Scouting Force for target selection was well understood by this Group, however, calls on VHF from other groups requesting de-coding of message proved that the letter system was not fully understood. None of our A/C is missing.


Track Chart:
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Combat Crew Comments:

    508th Squadron:
A/C 900-M: Very good formation and good lead. – Lt. Van Sandt.
A/C 843-C: Very good lead. – All officers.
A/C 258-P: Good formation; fine lead. – Whole crew.
A/C 428-A: P-51’s getting careless – came at formation head on. – Lt. Orndorff.
  Good navigation today. – Whole crew.

    509th Squadron:
A/C 964-M: There is not enough food in the rations. – Lt. Holcomb.
A/C 156-R: Driver Woodard would not stop to pick up officer who had to return for equipment.
A/C 196-M: Low box, low squadron lead was very good today. – Lt. Walker.

    510th Squadron:
A/C 576-C: We have to wait too long for a truck. – Lt. Hedden.
A/C 515-L: Not enough cookies today. – F/O Burr.
A/C 082-B: Very good formation and lead. – Lt. Marsey.

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


Mission Summary Report:
  1. Abortives and Flying Spares:
    1. Airplane No. 42-97252, 510th Squadron returned early as planned.
    2. Airplane No. 42-97381, 511th Squadron returned early. Pilot stated reported that #2 engine ran very rough at 6,000 feet, left and right magnetos had a drop of 75 RPM each, and propeller runs away at slightest boost of throttles. Engine was then checked on the ground and no discrepancies could be found. Aircraft was then flight checked at 25,000 feet and Pilot reported #2 engine OK. There was no indication of rough engine or runaway propeller. Nothing was touched on #2 engine before the flight check except for draining the oil sump.
  2. Battle Damage:
    1. No Battle Damage received.
  [Signed:] Otto R. Vasak, Captain, Air Corps, Station S-4 [Engineering] Officer


Armament Report:
  1. The following armament malfunctions were reported on the mission of 6 October, 1944.
    1. A/C 42-97687 - Control rod to bomb rack selector bar severed by flak. Four bombs were jettisoned. New control rod has been installed.
    2. A/C 44-6156 - Ball turret motor burned out. New turret double power unit has been installed.
    3. A/C 43-38116 - Ball turret inoperative in azimuth to right. A new turret double power unit has been installed.
  [Signed:] Clemert E. Hayes, Captain, Air Corps, Group Armament Officer.


Aircraft Returning Early:

Aircraft No. 42-97381 Squadron - 509   Pilot - Lt. Mueller
Time of Abortive - 0945  Location when Aborted -
Reason For Abortive - #2 Engine ran very rough. 75 RPM drop on both magnetos. (Runaway prop, governor on #2 engine.)
Disposition of Bombs: Brought them back.
Altitude At Time of Aborting: 6,000’
Enemy Opposition Encountered - None
Remarks: ____
[Signed] Raymond H. Mueller, 2nd Lt.


“J” Form:
  1. Last Four numbers and Call Letter of A/C in each Squadron:
    a. 94th "A"   Lead Group
    Sqdn 508th A/C:
    Sqdn 509th A/C: (B–7701 PFF), (A–8222 PFF)
    Sqdn 510th A/C: R–8038, B–6082, G–7862, L–7515, C–2576, A–8465, T–8461, H–8280, N–7665, S–7512, (K–7252 Flying Spare)
    Sqdn 511th A/C:

    b. 94th "A"   High Group
    Sqdn 508th A/C: O–8277, L–7956, J–7978, G–7843, P–7258, M–7900, F–1711
    Sqdn 509th A/C:
    Sqdn 510th A/C:
    Sqdn 511th A/C: (Z–7687 PFF), C–8527, A–8428, B–8426, H–8435, F–7705 Flying Spare

    c. 94th "A"   Low Group
    Sqdn 508th A/C:
    Sqdn 509th A/C: P–8432, Q–8116, M–7964, T–1384, R–6156, V–7854, F–7674, S–9914
    Sqdn 510th A/C: M–7196, F–7124
    Sqdn 511th A/C: Y–8171, U–7381
  2. Target: GQ-1551
  3. W/T and R/T Operational Call Sign of each Squadron:
    Squadron508 [Call Sign]W/T PVQ R/T CARLTONSquadron510 [Call Sign]W/T UUL R/T TIPSTAFF
    Squadron509 [Call Sign]W/T MLJ R/T HOTMINTSquadron511 [Call Sign]W/T TON R/T PARTNERSHIP
  4. a. Lead Box: Taxi – 0730; Take-Off – 0745; E.T.D. Field – At Take-Off
    b. ____ Box: Taxi – ____; Take-Off – ____; E.T.D. Field – ____
  5. Time:Height:Place of Crossing English Coast: (OUT)
    09125,000ftLouth
  6. Time:Height:Place of Crossing Enemy Coast: (IN)
    115120,000ft54°32'N-08°55'E [Northern coast of Nordstrand, Germany]
  7. Time:Height:Place of Crossing Enemy Coast: (Out)
    143620,000ft54°32'N-08°55'E [Northern coast of Nordstrand, Germany]
  8. Time:Height:Place of Crossing English Coast: (IN)
    16125,000ftLouth
  9. E.T.R.(Estimated Time of Return) Base: 1634 Hours
  10. MF/DF [Medium Frequency/Direction Finder] Section: "G"
  11. Bomb load of Each A/C: "A" Lead Box
    508 Squadron: All A/C 10 x 500 GP's [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 10 x 500 GP's [General Purpose] 1/10 x 1/40 [Fuses]
    509 Squadron:
    510 Squadron:
    511 Squadron:

    Bomb load of Each A/C: "A" Low Box
    508 Squadron: All A/C 10 x 500 GP's [General Purpose] 1/10 x 1/40 [Fuses]
    509 Squadron:
    510 Squadron:
    511 Squadron:
  12. Fuel Load of each A/C: 2700 Gallons
  13. Group Leader:
    a. Lead Box: Name: F.A. Richardson Rank: Major A/C: B-7701  Sqdn. 509
    b. High Box: Name: E.A. Poston Rank: 1st Lt. A/C: Z-7687 Sqdn. 511
    c. Low Box: Name: V.R. Weatherman Rank: 1st Lt. A/C: P-8432 Sqdn. 509
  14. Passengers, if any: (Full Name, Rank, A/C and Squadron Passenger flying with)
    None

Report Compiled By Batinchok, Cpl.



Formation Chart:
94th "A" Combat Wing Lead Squadron Formation at Take–Off and Over Target
510th Squadron
Richardson–Eickhoff
A/C 42-97701 B PFF
Theys
A/C 42-38038 R
Purcell
A/C 44-8222 A PFF
Whitten
A/C 42-102576 C
Marsey
A/C 44-6082 B
Redman
A/C 43-38461 T
Dinning
A/C 43-38465 A
Cramer
A/C 43-37515 L
Miller, J.
A/C 43-37862 G
Barnhart
A/C 44-8280 H
Evans
A/C 42-97252 K Flying Spare*
Carle
A/C 43-37512 S
Bennett
A/C 43-37665 N

 [* Flying Spare returned as planned]

94th "A" Combat Wing High Squadron Formation at Take–Off and Over Target
508th Squadron
Poston–Trapp
A/C 42-97687 Z PFF
Levin
A/C 43-38277 O
Miller, L.
A/C 43-38527 C
Ballard
A/C 43-37978 J
Weis
A/C 43-37956 L
Wishnewsky
A/C 42-97258 P
Stahl
A/C 42-97843 C
Sullivan
A/C 43-38426 B
Orndorff
A/C 43-38428 A
Van Sandt
A/C 43-37900 M
Lenze
A/C 43-37705 F Flying Spare*
Crutcher
A/C 43-38435 H
Buttel
A/C 42-31711 F

 [* Flying Spare filled in Low Squadron position vacated by Lt. Mueller]

94th "A" Combat Wing Low Squadron Formation at Take–Off
509th Squadron
Weatherman–Crews
A/C 43-38432 P
Daugherty
A/C 43-38171 Y
Powell
A/C 43-38116 Q
Walker, M.
A/C 43-37854 V
Whittaker
A/C 43-37964 M
McGuire
A/C 43-37674 F
Walker, G
A/C 42-97196 M
Knight
A/C 44-6156 R
Wooten
A/C 42-31384 T
Maddux
A/C 42-39914 S
Mueller
A/C 42-97381 U
Claggett
A/C 42-107124 F


94th "A" Combat Wing Low Squadron Formation Over–Target
509th Squadron
Weatherman–Crews
A/C 43-38432 P
Daugherty
A/C 43-38171 Y
Powell
A/C 43-38116 Q
Walker, M.
A/C 43-37854 V
Whittaker
A/C 43-37964 M
McGuire
A/C 43-37674 F
Walker, G
A/C 42-97196 M
Knight
A/C 44-6156 R
Wooten
A/C 42-31384 T
Maddux
A/C 42-39914 S
Lenze
A/C 43-37705 F
Claggett
A/C 42-107124 F


Time Schedule:
Zero Hour: 0900 BST [British Standard Time]  Briefing: ____ Stations: 0710 Start Engines: 0720 Taxi: 0730 Take-Off: 0745  Leave Base: 0745

[Wounded On Mission: 0]
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