Mission Details for Hamburg (#160)



Number: 160
Date: 10/25/1944 12:00:00 AM
Commander: Capt. F.A. Kalinski
Crews Briefed: 39
Details: Oil plant and motor transport works

Flying Control

Runway: 5
Engines: 0905 Thumbnail image for /Images/Takeoff/Plan05.jpg
Taxi: 0920
Take Off: 0935
E.T.R.: 1624
Notes: Briefing took place at 0600 hours. Because of continuing low visibility, special landing procedures upon the Group's return were announced. The new procedure requires the Low and High Squadrons to circle Cottesmore Buncher upon return until the Lead Squadron has landed, followed by the High and Low Squadrons in that order. All but one operational aircraft were airborne by 1002, and two of the three spares returned early as planned. One aircraft aborted later with an engine malfunction. All other operational aircraft had returned by 1638 hours. "Very good landings."


Aircraft: 39
Lost Over Continent: 0
Lost Other: 0
Summary: The 401st put up three squadrons of 12 aircraft each, comprising the 94th Combat Wing "A" unit. Because heavy clouds continued to cover the Continent, bombing was conducted by PFF (radar). Crews reported seeing heavy black smoke coming up through the clouds, but specific results could not be confirmed.
While flak was not very effective over the target, one 401st aircraft sustained heavy flak damage and six others suffered minor damage.

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Squadron Participants