Mission Details for Krefeld (#188)



Number: 188
Date: 12/31/1944 12:00:00 AM
Commander: Maj. A.H. Chapman
Crews Briefed: 39
Details: Railroad marshalling yards

Flying Control

Runway: 23
Engines: 0730 Thumbnail image for /Images/Takeoff/Plan23.jpg
Taxi: 0745
Take Off: 0800
E.T.R.: 1329
Notes: Briefing took place at 0500 hours. By 1853 all aircraft were airborne. Two spares returned early and one aircraft aborted with No. 3 engine out. By 1426 hours all aircraft had landed from the mission.


Aircraft: 39
Lost Over Continent: 0
Lost Other: 0
Summary: The 401st provided three squadrons making up the 94th Combat Wing "B" Group. While the target was partly visible, cloud obstruction dictated bombing by Gee-H (radio beam)technique. Unfortunately, strike photos indicated that all squadrons had missed the target area. No enemy fighters were encountered and flak was meager and inaccurate. As a result, none of the 401st ships suffered battle damage or casualties.
However, our friends in the 3rd Air Division, who were bombing different targets, were heavily attacked by enemy fighters, resulting in the loss of 27 B-17's and battle damage to 288 others out of a total of 526 aircraft. B-17 gunners claimed 26 German fighters downed, while the Allied escort claimed another 61, for a loss of ten of their number.

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Squadron Participants