Mission Details for Oschersleben (#14)



Number: 14
Date: 1/11/1944 12:00:00 AM
Commander: Maj. A.C. Brooks
Crews Briefed: 34
Details: Aircraft Plant

Flying Control

Runway: 5
Engines: Thumbnail image for /Images/Takeoff/Plan05.jpg
Take Off: 0845
Notes: Because of bad weather on return, all aircraft were diverted to a number of other bases


Aircraft: 33
Lost Over Continent: 4
Lost Other: 0
Summary: This was one of the greatest air battles of World War II. The Group put up the most aircraft to date as part of a maximum effort. German resistance was fierce, involving heavy flak, dozens of fighters and balloon mines. The Group shot down a number of Luftwaffe fighters. It was on this mission that Major James Howard, a P-51 pilot, remained after all other U.S. fighters had left and engaged a swarm of Luftwaffe fighters attacking the 401st, for which he was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.
Aircraft piloted by Lt. S.G. Nason ("Pee-Tey-Kuh" #42-31033), Lt. H. J. Chapman ("Carolina Queen #42-37809), Capt. J. H. Foster (#42-39969) and Lt. D.C. Sprecher (#42-39893)were shot down by either fighters or flak.

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