Mission Details for Metz (#169)



Number: 169
Date: 11/9/1944 12:00:00 AM
Commander: Capt. D.A. Currie
Crews Briefed: 39
Details: Tactical gun emplacements

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Runway: 23
Engines: 0555 Thumbnail image for /Images/Takeoff/Plan23.jpg
Taxi: 0610
Take Off: 0625
E.T.R.: 1334
Notes: The Group was briefed at 0300 hours. The 50 degree crosswind at 20-25 miles per hour created a number of takeoff problems. One ship ran off the runway at 0647 hours, which delayed takeoffs for a time, and others were delayed by mechanical problems and the need to switch to ground spares. Most of the Group were off by 0721 hours, but one aircraft had to return at 0802 on three engines. In the end, all operational aircraft had returned from the mission by 1356 hours.


Aircraft: 39
Lost Over Continent: 0
Lost Other: 0
Summary: This mission was intended to assist General Patton's Third Army in its effort to capture the German bastion at Metz. The 401st put up the 94th Combat Wing "A" Group and carried 1,000 pound armor-piercing bombs. Special aircraft equipped with Gee-H equipment were provided to the 401st by the 303rd Bomb Group.
As the targets were cloud covered, bombing was carried out using the Gee-H procedure, which utilizes two radio beams to establish position. One report indicated that the Group's bombs fell 2 1/2 miles from the assigned MPI while another stated that photos disclosed that bombs dropped by at least one aircraft were in the vicinity of the MPI. In any event, General Patton and others commended the Group for its superior work, which paved the way for the capture of Metz.
No enemy fighters and no flak were encountered except for the "friendly flak" thrown up by American ground troops to mark the front lines.

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