Mission Details for Molbis (#230)



Number: 230
Date: 3/17/1945 12:00:00 AM
Commander: Lt. Col. D.E. Silver
Crews Briefed: 38
Details: Oil Refineries

Flying Control

Runway: 23
Engines: 0700 Thumbnail image for /Images/Takeoff/Plan23.jpg
Taxi: 0715
Take Off: 0730
E.T.R.: 1712
Notes: The Group was briefed at 0400 hours, and all aircraft were airborne by 0824. Flying Control noted: "Very good take off." By 1748 hours all but two aircraft had returned from the mission. Those two ships (which must have landed elsewhere to refuel) landed at 2044 and 2049 hours, respectively.


Aircraft: 38
Lost Over Continent: 0
Lost Other: 0
Summary: On this mission, with the 401st putting up the three squadrons comprising the 94th Combat Wing "A" Group, the primary target was flak gun installations in the Leipzig area protecting the oil installations at Molbis. The secondary target was the oil installations themselves.
As 10/10th's cloud cover obscured the gun positions, the Group bombed the oil installations by PFF (radar) techniques. Because of the clouds, the results could not be visually observed or photographed.
No enemy aircraft were encountered, and the meager flak in the target area did not result in damage to any 401st aircraft.

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