Mission Details for Gaggenau (#141)



Number: 141
Date: 9/10/1944 12:00:00 AM
Commander: Lt. Col. E.W. Brown
Crews Briefed: 39
Details: Daimler Benz aircraft engine plant

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Runway: 5
Engines: 0620 Thumbnail image for /Images/Takeoff/Plan05.jpg
Taxi: 0635
Take Off: 0650
E.T.R.: 1331
Notes: The Group was briefed at 0400 hours, after which all times were moved back by 30 minutesbecause of early morning fog. All operational aircraft were airborne by 0746 hours. The three spares returned by 1044 hours. One returning aircraft landed with a flat tire and blocked Runway N. 23. The Runway was therefore changed to No. 28. One aircraft was missing when the remaining Group ships had returned by 1458 hours.


Aircraft: 39
Lost Over Continent: 1
Lost Other: 0
Summary: The Group put up three 12 aircraft Boxes to make up the 94th Combat Wing "C" unit. The target could be bombed visually for a change. The strike photos disclosed that 90% to 95% of the bombs dropped by the Low and High Boxes fell within 1,000 feet of the MPI, while the Lead Box was less successful, with 50%.
Meager to moderate flak was encountered between Strasbourg and Karlsrue, lasting about 25 minutes and resulting in the loss of one Group aircraft and crew. B-17 No. 44-6310, piloted by Lt. W. B. Woodward, went down when it was hit by flak at the target and set afire. The pilot and tail gunner were killed, but the other seven crew members parachuted safely and were captured. Four other Group aircraft received major flak damage and nineteen minor damage. One other flight crew member was slightly wounded.

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