Mission Details for Munich (#109)



Number: 109
Date: 7/13/1944 12:00:00 AM
Commander: Maj. L. Stann
Crews Briefed: 21
Details: Aircraft plant

Flying Control

Runway: 23
Engines: 0510 Thumbnail image for /Images/Takeoff/Plan23.jpg
Taxi: 0525
Take Off: 0540
E.T.R.: 1404
Notes: The Group was briefed at 0230 hours. A number of changes had to be made before takeoff, and at 0555 hours 17 aircraft were airborne, with three to go. The least of the three took off at 0622 hours. Because of bad weather at Deenethorpe, the Group was diverted to Framlingham upon their return. One aircraft was missing.


Aircraft: 21
Lost Over Continent: 1
Lost Other: 0
Summary: This was the third successive mission to Munich, and again the 8th Air Force launched nearly 1,000 bombers over the target, escorted by 600 fighters.
The 401st provided the Low Box of the 94th Combat Wing. Once again the target was completely covered by clouds, so bombing was once again conducted by PFF (radar). Results could not be observed.
The Group encountered 15 to 20 enemy fighters over Strassborg, and the B-17 flown by Lt. Walter J. Otton and his crew (42-97953) was shot down, and three other aircraft were damaged. In the attack, Sgt. Edward L. Page, tail gunner on Lt. H. E. Haskett's crew, was killed. It was reported that, even though severely wounded, he stuck to his post and brought down an FW-190 before he expired. For his bravery, Sgt. Page was awarded the Silver Star posthumously. Flak over the target was moderate to intense and more accurate than on the previous missions. As a result, eleven 401st aircraft suffered battle damage.

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