Mission Details for Kiel (#70)



Number: 70
Date: 5/19/1944 12:00:00 AM
Commander: Lt. Col. E.W. Brown
Crews Briefed: 37
Details: Canal and industry

Flying Control

Runway: 5
Engines: 0810 Thumbnail image for /Images/Takeoff/Plan05.jpg
Taxi: 0825
Take Off: 0840
E.T.R.: 1726
Notes: Briefing took place at 0500 hours. All 37 aircraft were off by 0918, and all but one aircraft had returned by 1709.


Aircraft: 37
Lost Over Continent: 1
Lost Other: 0
Summary: The 401st furnished the Lead and High Box of the 94th Combat Wing. The original target was Berlin, but either heavy cloud cover or failure to rendezvous with fighter escort (the accounts differ) resulted in bombing the secondary target, Kiel. Bombing was by PFF (radar), but through breaks in the clouds bomb bursts were observed in the industrial section along the Kiel Canal.
No enemey aircraft were sighted. Flak, while meager, was unusually accurate and resulted in the loss of Lt. Marian O. Hagan and his crew, flying "My Day" (42-30826).

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