Mission Details for Hanover (#159)



Number: 159
Date: 10/22/1944 12:00:00 AM
Commander: Maj. D.G. McCree
Crews Briefed: 39
Details: Armament and Vehicle Manufacturing Plant

Flying Control

Runway: 5
Engines: 0950 Thumbnail image for /Images/Takeoff/Plan05.jpg
Taxi: 1005
Take Off: 1020
E.T.R.: 1628
Notes: The Group was briefed at 0700 hours and advised to use low visibility procedures. All but two aircraft were airborne by 1046 hours, and one took off at 1116 hours. One aircraft could not take off because of communications difficulties. Two of the three spares returned early as planned, and one ship was forced to abort with a feathered engine. A fourth aircraft returned with a runaway engine after dropping its bombs--but not on the target.
Because of bad weather at Deenthorpe, plans were made to divert the Group upon its return. However, Flying Control's Log states that by 1718 "All operational aircraft landed under extremely rugged weather conditions. Visibility very low and aircraft had difficulty in seeing each other. Magnesium flares and glim lighting used with good effect."


Aircraft: 39
Lost Over Continent: 0
Lost Other: 0
Summary: The three squadrons of the 401st made up the 94th Combat Wing "C" unit on this mission. Cloudy weather again made visual bombing impossible, but PFF (radar) equipment worked very well, and it was thought that the bombs were dropped on target.
No enemy aircraft were encountered and little flak. Only three aircraft received battle damage, all of it minor.

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