Mission Details for Cologne (#149)



Number: 149
Date: 9/27/1944 12:00:00 AM
Commander: Capt. C.A. Lewis
Crews Briefed: 39
Details: Industrial facilities

Flying Control

Runway: 23
Engines: 0600 Thumbnail image for /Images/Takeoff/Plan23.jpg
Taxi: 0615
Take Off: 0630
E.T.R.: 1248
Notes: Briefing took place at 0300 hours, and all aircraft were airborne by 0700 hours. Two aircraft aborted early, and by 1311 hours all aircraft were back from the mission--"Good landings."
NOTE: Henceforth, by order of the 8th Air Force, "Boxes" of 12 aircraft are to be referred to as "Squadrons", and two or three Squadrons are to be referred to as a "Group". A formation of six aircraft make up a "Section", and three aircraft make a "Flight".


Aircraft: 39
Lost Over Continent: 0
Lost Other: 0
Summary: The Group, consisting of three squadrons, made up the 94th Combat Wing "B" formation. Since the target was covered by 9/10th's to 10/10th's clouds, bombing was by PFF (radar). However, after bombs away some visual check points indicated that the bombing had been reasonably accurate.
The moderate and accurate flak bursts caused battle damage to eleven Group aircraft. While no Luftwaffe fighters attacked the B-17's, a single B-24 Group lost 25 of its aircraft in three minutes in a mass formation attack by German FW 190 fighters.

Mission Assignments

Squadron Participants