Mission Details for Traunstein (#252)



Number: 252
Date: 4/18/1945 12:00:00 AM
Commander: Col. E. Romig
Crews Briefed: 30
Details: Electric transformer station at Traunstein and railroad marshalling yards at Freising.

Flying Control

Runway: 23
Engines: 0835 Thumbnail image for /Images/Takeoff/Plan23.jpg
Taxi: 0845
Take Off: 0855
E.T.R.: 1911
Notes: Briefing took place at 0500 hours. This mission inaugurated a new formation strategy, with the Group furnishing 30, rather than 38, aircraft in squadrons of 10 each.
All operational aircraft were airborne by 0923 hours and all but two had landed by 1913 hours. One of the two returned at 2038 hours, having landed at an alternate field to refuel. The other ship is missing.


Aircraft: 30
Lost Over Continent: 1
Lost Other: 0
Summary: The 401st led the 1st Air Division on this mission, providing the three 10 plane squadrons comprising the 94th Combat Wing "A" Group. The High Squadron was able to bomb the primary target, the transformer station at Trainstein, reputed to provide the power for Hitler's Bavarian redoubt, with good results. The Lead and Low Squadrons bombed the secondary target, the railroad marshalling yards at Freising, again with good results.
The Group encountered what was described as "meager and accurate" flak south of Munich. One 401st ship, No. 43-38646, piloted by Lt. E. A. Viehman, lost two its two port side engines from flak damage before reaching the IP and swerved out of the formation. As the ship lost altitude, the crew bailed out, and all parachuted to safety. All crew members were able to avoid capture and reached Allied lines safely.

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