Mission Details for Solingen (#2)



Number: 2
Date: 12/1/1943 12:00:00 AM
Commander: Lt. Colonel Harris E. Rogner
Crews Briefed:
Details: The aircraft manufacturing center in the Ruhr, know as "Happy Valley".

Flying Control

Runway: 28
Engines: 0735 Thumbnail image for /Images/Takeoff/Plan28.jpg
Taxi: 0750
Take Off: 0805
E.T.R.: 1438
Notes: 0821 hours - Seventeen aircraft off okay.


Aircraft: 17
Lost Over Continent: 0
Lost Other: 0
Summary: The Group flew the low position in the 1st Combat Wing, and this was the third wing over the target. They encountered 25 to 35 FW-190's over the target itself, but the escorting fighters did a good job of protecting the bombers, and although the attack went on for about 30 minutes the Group suffered no losses. The target was bombed using PFF methods.

On this mission the Group received credit for bringing down its first enemy aircraft. It went to Sgt Percy W. Stengel, a ball turret gunner with the 612th crew of W.J. Kelly.

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