Mission Details for Brest (#127)



Number: 127
Date: 8/11/1944 12:00:00 AM
Commander: Lt. Col. E.W. Brown
Crews Briefed: 26
Details: Tactical--rail facilities, fuel dumps and troop concentrations

Flying Control

Runway: 23
Engines: 1100 Thumbnail image for /Images/Takeoff/Plan23.jpg
Taxi: 1110
Take Off: 1125
E.T.R.: 1703
Notes: Takeoff times were delayed several times, with takeoff ultimately scheduled for 1325 hours, and ETR of 1901 hours. All operational aircraft were off by 1345, after which one aircraft aborted and one spare returned early. All other aircraft had landed by 1916 hours.


Aircraft: 26
Lost Over Continent: 0
Lost Other: 0
Summary: The mission for the day was a visual attack on tactical targets on the Brest Peninsula of France, which was still held by the Nazis. The 401st provided the Lead and Low Boxes of the 94th Combat Wing "B" formation, consisting of 12 planes each.
Bombing results were excellent. The Lead Box placed 90% of its bombs within 1,000 feet of the MPI and 100% within 2,000 feet. The Low Box also had an excellent pattern, well concentrated.
While no enemy air opposition was encountered, the Group ran into light but fairly accurate flak, which resulted in minor battle damage to ten aircraft.

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