Mission Details for Frankfurt (#147)



Number: 147
Date: 9/25/1944 12:00:00 AM
Commander: Maj. J. Maupin
Crews Briefed: 38
Details: Special mission to drop "Braddock Bombs".

Flying Control

Runway: 23
Engines: 0650 Thumbnail image for /Images/Takeoff/Plan23.jpg
Taxi: 0705
Take Off: 0720
E.T.R.: 1357
Notes: The Group was briefed at 0400 hours, and by 0800 all 38 operational aircraft were airborne. One spare and one other aircraft returned early, the latter because of a gas leak. All aircraft were back by 1458 hours.


Aircraft: 38
Lost Over Continent: 0
Lost Other: 0
Summary: The Group's 36 aircraft comprised the 94th Combat Wing "C" formation. While all other Groups dropped high explosives on the Frankfurt marshalling yards, the 401st was given the assignment of dropping "Braddock Bombs"--small incendiary devices which, it was hoped, would be found by foreign workers in Germany and used to commit acts of sabotage. General Eisenhower broadcast a message advising foreign workers of their intended use.
No Luftwaffe fighters appeared, and the 401st escaped any flak damage, although flak over Frankfurt was moderate. The bombs were dropped by PFF (radar).

Mission Assignments

Squadron Participants