Mission Details for Merseburg (#172)



Number: 172
Date: 11/25/1944 12:00:00 AM
Commander: Maj. D.E. Silver
Crews Briefed: 39
Details: Synthetic Oil Refineries

Flying Control

Runway: 23
Engines: 0735 Thumbnail image for /Images/Takeoff/Plan23.jpg
Taxi: 0750
Take Off: 0805
E.T.R.: 1625
Notes: Briefing took place at 0415 hours, and all aircraft were airborne by 0801 hours. The three spares returned early, as planned. At 1701 hours, Flying Control reported that all 401st aircraft except one were accounted for, although six had been diverted and landed at other airfields.


Aircraft: 39
Lost Over Continent: 0
Lost Other: 0
Summary: In still another attack on the German synthetic oil industry at Merseburg, the 401st provided three squadrons making up the 94th Combat Wing "B" Group. Once again clouds prevented visual sighting, so bombs were dropped using PFF (radar) techniques. While results could not be observed, a good PFF run was reported.
No enemy fighters were encountered, and, while some other Groups encountered heavy flak (eight 1st Air Division bombers were shot down and 200 others received flak damage), the 401st escaped with minor flak damage to four aircraft. However, one crewman, Sgt. Jack F. Irvin, tail gunner on Lt. Frederick R. Boddin's crew, died of anoxia because of oxygen system failure.

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