Mission Details for Elbeuf (#128)



Number: 128
Date: 8/13/1944 12:00:00 AM
Commander: Maj. W.C. Garland
Crews Briefed: 37
Details: Tactical--road junctions used by retreating German troops

Flying Control

Runway: 5
Engines: 0930 Thumbnail image for /Images/Takeoff/Plan05.jpg
Taxi: 0945
Take Off: 1000
E.T.R.: 1456
Notes: Briefing took place at 0700, after which the mission was delayed by one hour. All operational aircraft were airborne by 1018 hours, after which one spare returned early. The remaining aircraft had all landed by 1525 hours.


Aircraft: 37
Lost Over Continent: 0
Lost Other: 0
Summary: The mission of the day for 1,200 four-engine bombers was a major visual attack on coastal batteries and choke points behind enemy lines in France. The Group's specific targets were road intersections being used by retreating German troops. The three Boxes of 12 ships each provided by the 401st made up the 94th Combat Wing "B" unit, each Box having a different target.
Bombing results were variously described as "good" or "fair"--clearly not fully satisfactory. No enemy aircraft were encountered, but flak along the route resulted in minor battle damage to eleven aircraft.

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