Mission Details for Siracourt (#62)



Number: 62
Date: 5/1/1944 12:00:00 AM
Commander: Maj. L. Stann
Crews Briefed: 21
Details: V-1 rocket sites on the Pas de Calais.

Flying Control

Runway: 23
Engines: 0345 Thumbnail image for /Images/Takeoff/Plan23.jpg
Taxi: 0400
Take Off: 0420
E.T.R.: 1108
Notes: All electric power went out at 0337 hours, and at 0400 hours aircraft began to taxi in the dark. Sandra lights and the portable flare path on Runway 23 were turned on, but taxiing and takeoff were accomplished with some difficulty. Nevertheless, 20 aircraft were airborne by 0438 hours. All operational aircraft had returned by 1203. Gale warnings were received at 2140 hours.


Aircraft: 20
Lost Over Continent: 0
Lost Other: 0
Summary: Briefing took place at 0100 hours, which made for a very short night! Taxi and takeoff took place in the dark because of the power failure.
The Group flew as the High Box of the 94th Combat Wing. When the formation reached the target it was found to be completely covered by clouds and, as the Standard Operating Procedure (S.O.P.) for operations over France stated that the target must be positively identified before being bombed, the Group brought its bombs back to Deenethorpe. Meager but accurate flak was encountered, but no Group aircraft were lost.

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