Mission Details for Merseburg (#178)



Number: 178
Date: 12/6/1944 12:00:00 AM
Commander: Lt. Col. B.K. Voorhees
Crews Briefed: 51
Details: I. G. Farben synthetic oil facilities

Flying Control

Runway: 23
Engines: 0725 Thumbnail image for /Images/Takeoff/Plan23.jpg
Taxi: 0740
Take Off: 0755
E.T.R.: 1541
Notes: Briefing took place at 0330 hours for this maximum effort. All but one aircraft were airborne by 0840, it having been scrubbed. Three spares returned early, and one ship aborted. At 1634 hours, all operational aircraft had returned, Flying Control noting: "Good landings under stinking weather conditions."


Aircraft: 51
Lost Over Continent: 0
Lost Other: 0
Summary: On this mission the 401st not only led the 1st Air Division but put up the equivalent of four squadrons. Three squadrons, making up the 94th Combat Wing "A" Group, were armed with 250 pound General Purpose bombs and 120 pound Fragmentation bombs, while one squadron (the 614th) made up a "screening force". This force preceded the main force and dropped Chaff to disrupt the flak radar in the target area.
Because of a solid undercast, bombing was again conducted by PFF methods, and no observation of results was possible. Flak was moderate at first (possibly the result of the release of Chaff by the Screening Force) but became intense and fairly accurate later. Three of the Group's ships received major flak damage and 28 others received minor damage. No enemy aircraft were encountered, and no injuries were incurred.

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