Mission Details for Fecamp/Metz (#75)



Number: 75
Date: 5/25/1944 12:00:00 AM
Commander: Maj. R.J. White
Crews Briefed: 34
Details: Coastal batteries at Fecamp and railroad marshalling yards at Metz.

Flying Control

Runway: 23
Engines: 0445 Thumbnail image for /Images/Takeoff/Plan23.jpg
Taxi: 0500
Take Off: 0515
E.T.R.: 1131
Notes: Briefing took place at 0300 hours, and all 34 operational aircraft were airborne by 0608. All operational aircraft of the Lead Box were back by 1020, and the remainder had returned by 1245 hours.


Aircraft: 34
Lost Over Continent: 0
Lost Other: 0
Summary: Sixteen of the 401st aircraft were assigned to attack coastal batteries at Fecamp in preparation for the coming invasion of France. Bombing was attempted by a new technique combining "Gee-H" and H2X, but the effort was not successful, the bombs falling north of the target.
The remaining 18 Group aircraft, comprising the High Box of the 94th Combat Wing, flew a hastily organized mission to bomb the marshalling yards at Metz. 401st bombs were observed to strike the right side of the marshalling yards, after strikes on the left side by another Group. Neither force appears to have encountered flak or fighters.

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