Mission Details for Caen (#85)



Number: 85
Date: 6/6/1944 12:00:00 AM
Commander: Capt. J.F. Goodman
Crews Briefed: 6
Details: Airfield near the invasion beaches

Flying Control

Runway: 23
Engines: 0705 Thumbnail image for /Images/Takeoff/Plan23.jpg
Taxi: 0720
Take Off: 0735
E.T.R.: 1143
Notes: This mission, the second flown by the 401st on D-Day, was briefed just as the first mission was taking off. All six operational aircraft were airborne by 0813, and all had returned by afternoon. The Group was briefed for a third D-Day mission of 24 aircraft at 1330 hours, but the mission was scrubbed.


Aircraft: 6
Lost Over Continent: 0
Lost Other: 0
Summary: The six 401st aircraft comprised the lead box of the 94th Combat Wing Composite Box. The target was an airfield near Caen, on the Normandy coast. Because of bad weather the 401st aircraft went alone to Caen but, with solid clouds below, were forced to return without dropping their bombs. Flak encountered over the Channel Islands was meager but fairly accurate.

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