Mission Details for Weimar (#240)



Number: 240
Date: 3/31/1945 12:00:00 AM
Commander: Maj. J.D. Strauss
Crews Briefed: 38
Details: Target of opportunity

Flying Control

Runway: 23
Engines: 0450 Thumbnail image for /Images/Takeoff/Plan23.jpg
Taxi: 0505
Take Off: 0520
E.T.R.: 1451
Notes: Briefing took place at the early hour of 0200. The aircraft were each loaded with six 1,000 pound bombs and 2,780 gallons of gas. All aircraft were off on the mission by 0627 hours. One aircraft was forced to abort with a turbocharger out, and one spare also returned early. By 1437 hours all aircraft had returned safely.


Aircraft: 38
Lost Over Continent: 0
Lost Other: 0
Summary: The 401st put up the three squadrons comprising the 94th Combat Wing "C" Group on this mission. The primary target, the oil production facilities at Merseburg, and the secondary target were both covered by clouds, so Weimar was chosen as a target of opportunity. Bombing was done by PFF (radar) mthods with some visual assists. Results were described as fair.
No enemy fighters were seen, and, while flak was observed in the area, none hit the Group's formation.

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