Mission Details for Leipzig (#24)



Number: 24
Date: 2/20/1944 12:00:00 AM
Commander: Col. H.W. Bowman
Crews Briefed: 41
Details: Aircraft plant

Flying Control

Runway: 5
Engines: 0820 Thumbnail image for /Images/Takeoff/Plan05.jpg
Taxi: 0835
Take Off: 0850
Notes: All 41 aircraft were airborne by 0955, constituting two complete boxes of 18 aircraft each plus spares. All but two operational aircraft had returned by 0730 hours, one of which was later reported to have landed at Raydon.


Aircraft: 41
Lost Over Continent: 1
Lost Other: 0
Summary: Colonel Bowman led the 1st Bomb Division in an operation to Leipzig, where the 8th Air Force struck the greatest blow yet to German aircraft production. For this achievement, the 401st received messages of commendation from Generals Doolittle and Williams.
Lt. (later Major) Alvah Chapman, with Capt. Silver, Deputy Group Commander, in the co-pilot's seat, brought his aircraft, "Battlin Betty", back safely, flying across much of Germany at low altitude after having had two engines shot out and suffering major damage to brakes, flaps and fuselage.
Lt. Edward T. Gardner, the pilot of Doolittle's Doughboys" (# 42-31518) gave his life for his crew, holding the B-17 steady until the other nine crew members had safely bailed out, by which time it was too late to bail out himself.

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