Mission Details for Stettin (#69)



Number: 69
Date: 5/13/1944 12:00:00 AM
Commander: Maj. R.J. White
Crews Briefed: 21
Details: Secondary target bombed by PFF

Flying Control

Runway: 5
Engines: 0900 Thumbnail image for /Images/Takeoff/Plan05.jpg
Taxi: 0915
Take Off: 0930
E.T.R.: 1842
Notes: The Group was briefed at 0600 hours. Takeoff was downwind, although pilots were advised that if the wind velocity changed the runway would be changed to 23. All operational aircraft were airborne by 0945. All aircraft but one had returned by 1859 hours.


Aircraft: 21
Lost Over Continent: 1
Lost Other: 0
Summary: The 401st furnished the High Box of the 94th Combat Wing on this mission, whose primary target was the oil refinery at Politz, in eastern Germany near the Baltic Sea. When broken clouds became a solid undercast over Germany, the Wing Leader ordered PFF (radar) bombing of the secondary target, the City of Stettin. Because of cloud conditions, the 401st was forced to bomb ahead of the PFF aircraft. However, the Group Bombardier, Capt. Kuenning, was able to see the city in his bombsight and the Group released on his bombs.
One 401st aircraft, piloted by Lt. S. N. Tonti, was hit by flak and, after limping to the Danish coast escorted by friendly fighters, wisely judged that he could not make it back to England and made for Sweden.

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