Mission Details for Mannheim (#158)



Number: 158
Date: 10/19/1944 12:00:00 AM
Commander: Maj. D.G. McCree
Crews Briefed: 39
Details: Railroad marshalling yards

Flying Control

Runway: 28
Engines: 0935 Thumbnail image for /Images/Takeoff/Plan28.jpg
Taxi: 0950
Take Off: 1000
E.T.R.: 1805
Notes: The Group was briefed at 0500 hours. However, following the briefing all times were delayed by two hours, with the new times as stated above.
All aircraft were airborne by 1034 hours. The three spares returned early as planned, and one ship aborted with a feathered engine. All operational aircraft had returned by 1729 hours.


Aircraft: 39
Lost Over Continent: 0
Lost Other: 0
Summary: On this mission the 401st provided three 12 ship squadrons, comrising the 94th Combat Wing "C" unit. Because of heavy cloud cover, the Lead and Low Squadrons dropped on the Mannheim marshalling yards using PFF (radar) technique with unobserved results. However, the High Squadron, whose lead bombardier, Captain D. W. Fesmire, was flying his 121st mission, was able to bomb a target of opportunity at Karlsrue with excellent results.
No enemy aircraft were encountered but flak over the target and en route resulted in major battle damage to four aircraft and minor damage to twelve others. Two crew members were wounded, one seriously.

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