Mission Details for Bayon (#73)



Number: 73
Date: 5/23/1944 12:00:00 AM
Commander: Capt. B.H. Johnson
Crews Briefed: 30
Details: Railroad tracks

Flying Control

Runway: 23
Engines: 0505 Thumbnail image for /Images/Takeoff/Plan23.jpg
Taxi: 0520
Take Off: 0535
Notes: Group briefing took place at 0200 hours. 29 operational aircraft were airborne by 0621, and all had returned by 1258.


Aircraft: 29
Lost Over Continent: 0
Lost Other: 0
Summary: The 401st provided the Lead and Low Boxes of the 94th Combat Wing. The briefed target was completely obscured by clouds and, despite three runs over the target, was not bombed. The Lead Box then dropped on a target of opportunity, the railroad tracks at Bayon, with bomb bursts observed on the tracks. The Low Box dropped their bombs 12 miles southeast of Verdun.
No enemy aircraft were encountered, and meager to moderate flak was encountered only at Rheims.

Mission Assignments

Squadron Participants