Mission Details for Plauen (#232)



Number: 232
Date: 3/19/1945 12:00:00 AM
Commander: Lt. Col. D.E. Silver
Crews Briefed: 38
Details: Cellulose production

Flying Control

Runway: 23
Engines: 0750 Thumbnail image for /Images/Takeoff/Plan23.jpg
Taxi: 0805
Take Off: 0820
E.T.R.: 1846
Notes: At briefing, which took place at 0445 hours, the Group was briefed on two alternate plans. Plan A was decided on and a 45 minute delay ordered, resulting in the taxi and takeoff times shown above.
All operational aircraft were off by 0850, with the two spares returning early as unneeded. Because of the length of the mission, it was anticipated that most of the ships would have to land to refuel, and all did so, a number landing on the Continent. By 2200 hours, Flying Control could report that all but eight of the operational aircraft had been accounted for. The following day (20 March) all but one of the operational aircraft had returned to Deenethorpe after overnight stays at other bases.


Aircraft: 38
Lost Over Continent: 0
Lost Other: 0
Summary: The 401st made up the 94th Combat Wing "B" Group on this mission, providing the usual three squadrons. The primary target, the benzol plant at Molbis, near Leipzig, could not be attacked because of heavy cloud cover. The 401st therefore dropped on the secondary target, the cellulose plant at Plauen, using PFF (radar) techniques. Results could not be observed.
Unlike the previous day's mission, the 401st encountered no form of enemy opposition and all crews returned to Deenethorpe without casualties.

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