Mission Details for Alkmar (#63)



Number: 63
Date: 5/4/1944 12:00:00 AM
Commander: Maj. W.T. Seawell
Crews Briefed: 36
Details: Airfield

Flying Control

Runway: 23
Engines: 0640 Thumbnail image for /Images/Takeoff/Plan23.jpg
Taxi: 0655
Take Off: 0710
E.T.R.: 1522
Notes: Briefing took place at 0340 hours. 35 operational aircraft were airborne by 0744. At 0955 1st Air Division informed Flying Control that all operational aircraft had been recalled, with return between 1100 and 1130 hours, later revised to 1235 hours.


Aircraft: 35
Lost Over Continent: 0
Lost Other: 0
Summary: The Group provided the Lead and High Boxes of the 94th Combat Wing. The briefed target was Berlin, but cloud cover from 13,000 to 23,000 feet resulted in a recall of the entire mission. While all other groups returned without dropping their bombs, the 401st, led by Major Seawell, was able to find a target of opportunity, Luftwaffe airdromes at Bergen/Alkmar, through the clouds. Strike photos indicated direct hits on hangers at the airdromes. No enemy aircraft were encountered, and flak was described as meager and inaccurate.

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