Mission Details for Cologne (#155)



Number: 155
Date: 10/14/1944 12:00:00 AM
Commander: Capt. F.A. Kalinski
Crews Briefed: 42
Details: Railroad marshalling yards

Flying Control

Runway: 23
Engines: 0810 Thumbnail image for /Images/Takeoff/Plan23.jpg
Taxi: 0825
Take Off: 0840
E.T.R.: 1519
Notes: The Group was briefed at 0500 after a week's stand down due to bad weather. Notwithstanding gale warnings, all operational aircraft were airborne by 0911 hours. Two spares returned early as planned, and all other aircraft had landed by 1548 hours.


Aircraft: 42
Lost Over Continent: 0
Lost Other: 0
Summary: The 401st put up three 12 ship squadrons (plus two observers and one weather ship), comprising the 94th Combat Wing "A" unit. 10/10th's cloud cover over the target dictated bombing by PFF (radar) technique, which was carried out by the high squadron. Unfortunately, the lead and low squadrons encountered PFF malfunctions and were forced to drop on the smoke rising from bombs dropped by other groups.
No enemy aircraft were encountered, and flak was moderate but inaccurate. However, one 401st ship took "friendly fire" from a gunner on a B-17 from another Group who was testing his guns, taking several 50 calibre bullet holes in the fusilage.

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