Mission Details for Chatearoux (#21)



Number: 21
Date: 2/5/1944 12:00:00 AM
Commander: Capt. L. Stann
Crews Briefed: 26
Details: Airfield

Flying Control

Runway: 33
Engines: Thumbnail image for /Images/Takeoff/Plan33.jpg
Take Off: 0845
Notes: Upon return all aircraft were accounted for by 1439 hours--23 at Deenthorpe, one at Gravesend with three wounded, and one at Abingdon with one dead (Sgt. Fatcia) and two seriously wounded (Sgts. Minor and Moneybaker).


Aircraft: 26
Lost Over Continent: 0
Lost Other: 0
Summary: The results of bombing Chateauroux Airfield were excellent. Pictures of 401st bombs striking the target appeared in Stars and Stripes and in London newspapers. They showed the target completely demolished.
One aircraft, "Nasty Habit", was landed safely on three engines by its co-pilot, Lt. George Hellmuth, and engineer, Sgt. James Bailey, both of whom were wounded, after the pilot, Lt. Harry Piper, was severely wounded. Hellmuth and Bailey both passed out after landing the aircraft.

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