Mission Details for Lyon/Bron (#61)



Number: 61
Date: 4/30/1944 12:00:00 AM
Commander: Capt. D.G. McCree
Crews Briefed: 21
Details: Airfield

Flying Control

Runway: 23
Engines: 0610 Thumbnail image for /Images/Takeoff/Plan23.jpg
Taxi: 0625
Take Off: 0640
E.T.R.: 1357
Notes: Briefing took place at 0300 hours, and all operational aircraft were airborne by 0656. All operational aircraft had returned by 1447.


Aircraft: 21
Lost Over Continent: 0
Lost Other: 0
Summary: The 401st provided the Low Box of the 94th Combat Wing, with Captain McCree and Major Garland splitting the lead responsibility. The Group flew through intermittent clouds up to 30,000 feet, but weather at the target was clear enough for visual sightings. Strike photos indicated that a large concentration of bombs fell squarely on the assigned MPI. No enemy fighters were encountered due to excellent 8th Air Force fighter support, and the Group did not experience any flak.

S/Sgt William H. Sweepe, a ball turret gunner, distinguished himself by first disarming live bombs hung up in the bomb bay and then kicking them loose over the English Channel as his aircraft returned home.

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