Mission Details for Yvoir (#131)



Number: 131
Date: 8/18/1944 12:00:00 AM
Commander: Lt. Col. A.C. Brooks
Crews Briefed: 36
Details: Tactical--railroad bridge

Flying Control

Engines: 1430 Thumbnail image for /Images/Takeoff/Plan00.jpg
Taxi: 1445
Take Off: 1500
Notes: Briefing took place at 0845, with takeoff originally scheduled for 1050. However, the mission was then delayed, with takeoff time set for 1500 hours. All operational aircraft were airborne by 1540 hours. One aircraft aborted, and all others had landed by 2041 hours.


Aircraft: 36
Lost Over Continent: 0
Lost Other: 0
Summary: The 1st Air Division was assigned tactical targets of bridges, airfields and fuel dumps behind enemy lines in support of the advancing allied ground troops. The 401st, which put up three 12 aircraft Boxes to form the 94th Combat Wing "C" unit, was assigned a railroad bridge over the Muese River in Belgium, which formed one of the German escape routes.
The Group successfully located the target, but because of clouds and ground haze it was partially obscured. The result was that two of the Boxes had to make a second run, and only the High Box placed its bombs on the bridge itself. The bridge was believed to have been knocked out.
Only the Low Box encountered flak, which caused minor damage to five of the 12 aircraft. No enemy air opposition was seen, and U. S. fighter cover was good.

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