Mission Details for Ludwigshaven (#138)



Number: 138
Date: 9/3/1944 12:00:00 AM
Commander: Col. H.W. Bowman
Crews Briefed: 39
Details: I.G. Farben chemical plant

Flying Control

Runway: 23
Engines: 0630 Thumbnail image for /Images/Takeoff/Plan23.jpg
Taxi: 0645
Take Off: 0700
E.T.R.: 1539
Notes: Briefing took place at 0400 hours. All but one aircraft, which encountered mechnical difficulties, were airborne by 0729. The two spares returned early and another aircraft aborted with one engine feathered, landing at 1219 hours. By 1548 hours, all other operational aircraft had returned.


Aircraft: 39
Lost Over Continent: 0
Lost Other: 0
Summary: Colonel Bowman led the Group and the 1st Air Division, the 401st providing three Boxes making up the 94th Combat Wing "A" formation. Since the target was covered by 9/10 to 10/10th's undercast, bombing was carried out by PFF (radar). However, the bombardiers had one momentary visual check-point, which greatly aided the bomb run, and subsequent information indicated that the target had been hit.
While no enemy fighters appeared, the Group encountered intense and accurate flak, which resulted in battle damage to 25 of the aircraft, five of them classified as major damage.

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