Mission Details for Bordeaux (#93)



Number: 93
Date: 6/19/1944 12:00:00 AM
Commander: Major D.E. Silver
Crews Briefed: 41
Details: Airfield

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Runway: 23
Engines: 0445 Thumbnail image for /Images/Takeoff/Plan23.jpg
Taxi: 0500
Take Off: 0515
Notes: The Group was briefed at 0130 hours, and all 41 operational aircraft were off by 0553. The five spares had returned by 0913, and four other crews returned early from the mission. All but three of the remaining aircraft had returned by 1243 hours.


Aircraft: 36
Lost Over Continent: 3
Lost Other: 0
Summary: The Group encountered heavy clouds up to 30,000 feet on this mission, and when the Group reached the IP it was boxed in by two other Groups and could not make the turn onto the bomb run. However, Lt. Alfred A. Winograd, the "Mickey" (PFF) operator, led the Group around to the correct course, enabling the Wing Bombardier, Capt. Fesmire, to score a "shack".
Several minutes of very accurate flak were experienced over the target, resulting in the loss of three 401st aircraft. The lost crews were those of Lt. W. W. Trimble flying B-17 No. 42-40002 ("Breezing Home"), Lt. W. E. Massey, flying B-17 No. 42-40050 ("Channel Express III") and Lt.G. A. Filemyr, flying B-17 No. 42-31315 ("Liberty Run"). The last named aircraft received a direct hit in the tail, killing the tail gunner, Sgt. L. T. Maiden. However, the pilot was able to remain airborne until reaching Spain, where the crew members bailed out and were ultimately able to return to Deenethorpe.

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