Mission Details for Caen (#87)



Number: 87
Date: 6/10/1944 12:00:00 AM
Commander: Maj. D.E. Silver
Crews Briefed: 21
Details: Airfield

Flying Control

Runway: 23
Engines: 0410 Thumbnail image for /Images/Takeoff/Plan23.jpg
Taxi: 0425
Take Off: 0440
E.T.R.: 1015
Notes: The Group was briefed very early--at 0145 hours--and all 21 operational aircraft were airborne by 0456 hours. A diversion alert was received at 1038, but all aircraft were able to return to base by 1120 except one aircraft which landed at another base because of low fuel.


Aircraft: 21
Lost Over Continent: 0
Lost Other: 0
Summary: The 401st provided the Lead Box of the 94th Combat Wing on this mission to attack an airfield just behind the enemy lines. It was the first time an attempt was made to use the Gee-H device, which was basically a navigational device utilizing two ground stations, to bomb a target. However, because of difficulties with the device and heavy cloud cover, the Group returned with its bombs. No enemy aircraft were seen, and flak was meager and inaccurate.

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