Mission Details for Saumur (#102)



Number: 102
Date: 7/4/1944 12:00:00 AM
Commander: Maj. L. Stann
Crews Briefed: 26
Details: Railroad bridge over the Loire River

Flying Control

Runway: 23
Engines: 0400 Thumbnail image for /Images/Takeoff/Plan23.jpg
Taxi: 0415
Take Off: 0430
E.T.R.: 1023
Notes: Briefing took place at 0230 hours, and all operational aircraft were airborne by 0525 hours. All had returned by 1146 hours.


Aircraft: 26
Lost Over Continent: 0
Lost Other: 0
Summary: Independence Day!This was the first mission with nine, rather than ten, men crews. On orders from the 8th Air Force, one waist gunner was dropped from the crew.
The 401st provided the lead group of the 94th Combat Wing. Cloud cover was 8/10th to 9/10ths, and after two runs over the target in a vain effort to locate it visually, Major Stann searched for a target of opportunity. (Orders required that targets in France must be bombed visually, rather than by radar.) When no appropriate visual target could be located, all aircraft returned to Deenethorpe with their bombs.
The Group encountered some meager and inaccurate flak over the target, and a few aircraft received battle damage.

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