Mission Details for Schleiden/Koblenz (#182)



Number: 182
Date: 12/19/1944 12:00:00 AM
Commander: Lt. Col. E.W. Brown
Crews Briefed: 40
Details: Tactical targets

Flying Control

Runway: 23
Engines: 0915 Thumbnail image for /Images/Takeoff/Plan23.jpg
Taxi: 0930
Take Off: 0945
E.T.R.: 1517
Notes: Briefing took place at 0500 hours. After successive delays of one hour and a half hour, the above taxi and take off times prevailed. Loading was twelve 500 pound bombs and 2,300 gallons of gas. Visibility was very poor, and after 35 operational aircraft had taken off, the last four ships were forced to remain on the ground. Upon returning from the mission, with visibility down to 100 yards at Deenethorpe, the Group was diverted to air bases in the southwest of England. Most of the ships landed at the RAF base at Predannack, on Lizard's Point near Land's End. Flying Control received reports of Group aircraft having landed there and at Benson (south of Oxford) and Tangmere.


Aircraft: 36
Lost Over Continent: 0
Lost Other: 0
Summary: Despite "unflyable" weather, the 8th Air Force launched its bombers on tactical targets in support of Allied troops, who were being driven back by the German offensive known as "the Battle of the Bulge". The 401st provided the three squadrons making up the 94th Combat Wing "A" Group. Because of adverse weather conditions, the squadrons became separated in the target area. The Lead Dquaron bombed Koblenz by PFF methods; the Low Squadron dropped on the smoke of another Group at Stadtkyll, a target of opportunity; and the High Squadron bombed Schleiden by PFF. There was no flak or enemy air opposition and consequently no battle damage.
Upon returning from the mission, all Group aircraft were diverted to other bases. Twenty ships landed at an RAF Coastal Command base at Predannack in southwest England, while twelve landed at the RAF base at Tangmere, near London, and the other three landed at Benson, south of Oxford. All had to remain at those bases until December 23, when they took off for Deenthorpe. However, before reaching home the weather closed in again, and the ships were diverted to the 3rd Air Division base at Deopham Green and other 3rd Air Division bases. From those bases, the Group flew another mission on December 24.

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