Mission Details for Genshagen (#124)



Number: 124
Date: 8/6/1944 12:00:00 AM
Commander: Lt. Col. E.W. Brown
Crews Briefed: 39
Details: Aircraft engine plant

Flying Control

Runway: 5
Engines: 0625 Thumbnail image for /Images/Takeoff/Plan05.jpg
Taxi: 0640
Take Off: 0655
E.T.R.: 1545
Notes: The Group was briefed at 0330 hours. Two aircraft could not take off because of flat tires. All other aircraft were airborne by 0754, two spares returning early. The remaining operational aircraft had landed by 1612 except for one ship missing.


Aircraft: 39
Lost Over Continent: 1
Lost Other: 0
Summary: The 401st furnished the three Boxes making up the 94th Combat Wing "B" formation. Bombing was conducted visually with excellent results, the strike photos disclosing concentrations of hits within 1,000 feet of the MPI and craters blanketing the MPI area.
No enemy aircraft appeared, but the bombers encountered accurate barrage and tracking flak. This resulted in the loss of one 401st aircraft, "Round Tripper" (No. 42-31369), piloted by Lt. J. J. Sauerwald. However, the plane made it to the Baltic Sea, where it went down. All crew members survived and were captured. Sgt. Alex Garen, Jr., tail gunner on Lt. H. J. Oschsenhirt's crew, was killed by a flak burst.

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