Mission Details for Eschweiler (#170)



Number: 170
Date: 11/16/1944 12:00:00 AM
Commander: Lt. Col. E. de Jonckheere
Crews Briefed: 39
Details: Tactical support attack on gun emplacements and enemy troop concentrations

Flying Control

Runway: 23
Engines: 0750 Thumbnail image for /Images/Takeoff/Plan23.jpg
Taxi: 0805
Take Off: 0820
E.T.R.: 1409
Notes: The Group was briefed at 0500 hours. At 0700 hours visibility was only 500 yards, but after a week's stand down because of bad weather, a decision was made to fly. Despite the poor visibility, by 0838 all operational aircraft were airborne. The field was then closed at 0900 and plans were made for diversion of the Group upon its return. At 1415 the 401st aircraft began returning; several landed safely at Deenethorpe but most others were diverted to other airfields. The result was that by 1700 hours five aircraft had landed at Deenthorpe, 23 were at Ossington and the remainder at four other air bases, where they stayed until November 18.


Aircraft: 39
Lost Over Continent: 0
Lost Other: 0
Summary: The 401st furnished the 94th Combat Wing "C" Group on this mission intended once again to support General Patton's Third Army. Again, because of heavy cloud cover bombing was conducted using the Gee-H technique, which utilizes two radio beams to establish position. While the results could not be observed, the Group history states that "from all indications [the bombs] fell within the assigned area".
The Group did not encounter any enemy fighters or flak and suffered no battle damage.

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