Mission Details for Munster (#163)



Number: 163
Date: 10/30/1944 12:00:00 AM
Commander: Maj. D.G. McCree
Crews Briefed: 39
Details: Railroad marshalling yards

Flying Control

Runway: 5
Engines: 1845 Thumbnail image for /Images/Takeoff/Plan05.jpg
Taxi: 0900
Take Off: 0915
E.T.R.: 1437
Notes: The Group was briefed at 0400 hours. Flying Control failed to note when all operational aircraft were airborne, but the three spares returned by 1240 hours. All Group aircraft were safely down by 1530, one having landed at Wittering with its hydraulics out.


Aircraft: 39
Lost Over Continent: 0
Lost Other: 0
Summary: On this mission the 401st provided the three 12 ship squadrons comprising the 94th Combat Wing "A" Group. The weather over the Continent was very poor, resulting in the recall of the 3rd Air Division. The 1st Air Division was unable to bomb its primary target, Gelsenkirchen, and turned to its secondary, the railroad marshalling yards at Munster. The 401st, like other Groups, bombed by PFF (Radar), with unobserved results.
There was no enemy air opposition, and flak was described as "over, under or all round the formation", but a few accurate bursts caused damage to four 401st aircraft.

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