Mission Details for Soest (#218)



Number: 218
Date: 2/28/1945 12:00:00 AM
Commander: Capt. J.R. Locher
Crews Briefed: 39
Details: Railroad marshalling yards

Flying Control

Runway: 23
Engines: 1025 Thumbnail image for /Images/Takeoff/Plan23.jpg
Taxi: 1040
Take Off: 1055
E.T.R.: 1832
Notes: The Group was briefed at 0730 hours, and by 1131 hours all aircraft were airborne. All had returned from the mission by 1925 hours.


Aircraft: 39
Lost Over Continent: 0
Lost Other: 0
Summary: The 401st provided the 94th Combat Wing "B" Group on this mission. As the target was totally obscured by clouds, bombing was carried out using the Gee-H (radio beam) technique. No results could be observed, but Gee fixes taken by most navigators indicated that bombing results were poor. No flak or fighters were encountered--a "milk run". In fact, of the 1,072 bombers participating in the mission, only one aircraft was lost, having to ditch in the North Sea, and none sustained any battle damage.

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