Mission Details for Magdeburg (#150)



Number: 150
Date: 9/28/1944 12:00:00 AM
Commander: Capt. J.R. Locher
Crews Briefed: 39
Details: Aeroengine factory

Flying Control

Runway: 23
Engines: 0715 Thumbnail image for /Images/Takeoff/Plan23.jpg
Taxi: 0730
Take Off: 0745
E.T.R.: 1553
Notes: Briefing took place at 0500 hours. At 0737 it was reported that a member of the ground crew had been hit by the propeller of one of the aircraft taxiing in front of the briefing room. He was later reported to have been killed.
All aircraft had taken off by 0841 hours, and the three spares had returned by 1137 hours. At 1617 hours all aircraft had landed except two ships unaccounted for.


Aircraft: 39
Lost Over Continent: 1
Lost Other: 0
Summary: The 401st furnished the three Squadrons making up the 94th Combat Wing "A" formation. The Lead and Low Squadrons bombed visually and the High Squadron by PFF, all with good results.
This day it was the turn of the B-17's to face the attack of mass formations of Luftwaffe F-190 fighters. In one pass, 18 B-17's were shot down, 11 of them aircraft of the 303rd Bomb Group at Molesworth.
Fortunately, the 401st did not encounter Luftwaffe fighters but met intense flak over the target. As a result, "Little Moe" (No. 42-31069), piloted by Lt. E. H. Daves, went down when its No. 2 engine was hit and burst into flames. All crew members were able to parachute safely and were captured upon landing.
Another 401st ship, "Miss B Havin" (No. 42-31863), piloted by Lt. Charles W. Utter, also had one engine knocked out and another operating at less than full power. Steadily losing altitude, Lt. Utter decided to land on a 1,500 foot fighter strip near Ghent, Belgium. He set the crippled B-17 down safely, coming to a stop six feet from a deep drainage ditch, and two days later the crew was flown back to Deenthrope in C-47's.

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