Mission Details for Augsburg (#112)



Number: 112
Date: 7/19/1944 12:00:00 AM
Commander: Lt. Col. W.T. Seawell
Crews Briefed: 38
Details: Messerschmidt Aircraft Plant

Flying Control

Runway: 5
Engines: 0430 Thumbnail image for /Images/Takeoff/Plan05.jpg
Taxi: 0445
Take Off: 0500
E.T.R.: 1303
Notes: The Group was briefed at the early hour of 0200. 38 operational aircraft were off by 0532 hours. All but one of the operational aircraft had returned by 1354. Upon the Group's return, two ships landed without hydraulic pressure, one of which ran off the end of Runway 05.


Aircraft: 38
Lost Over Continent: 1
Lost Other: 0
Summary: The 401st provided the entire 94th Combat Wing "A" formation, consisting of three Boxes, on this long mission to southern Germany. For a change, it became apparent at the IP that the target could be bombed visually, and all three boxes bombed their primary MPI"s with excellent results. The Lead Box placed 100% of its bombs within 2,000 feet of the MPI and 80% within 1,000 feet. The Low Box's results were only slightly less accurate, while the High Box dropped incendiary bombs with good effect.
No enemy fighters were encountered, but flak was moderate to intense and accurate. This resulted in the loss of one aircraft and battle damage to 12 others, three of which received major damage. The aircraft shot down (No. 44-6129), which was piloted by Lt. William J. McKeon, attempted to stay in formation but was unable to maintain altitude. All crew members parachuted to safety, and Lt. McKeon was successful in evading capture.

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