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401st Bomb Group, Mission No. 238, 28 Mar 1945, Berlin, Germany.
Briefing took place at 0400 hours. Aircraft loading was six 500 pound GP's plus four M17 IB's and 2,780 gallons of gas. The Group was directed to assemble on the Continent near Brussels.
By 0641 hours all aircraft but one were airborne, that ship being scrubbed. One spare returned early and an operational aircraft was forced to abort because of a windmilling propeller, arriving at 1229 hours.
The three squadrons of the 401st made up the 94th Combat Wing "A" Group on this mission to attack the Spanau amrament works in Berlin. Although the weather was clear up to the target area, smoke and haze made it necessary to bomb by the PFF (radar)method. Results could not be assessed.
While no enemy fighter opposition was encountered, flak over Kassel and over the target caused major damage to two aircraft and minor damage to 18 others. One crew member of a returning aircraft was wounded.
One of the ships with major damage, No. 43-37551, piloted by Lt. Joseph W. McCullough, was hit by flak over the target and was last seen with the port wing on fire. The plane remained with the formation for some time but suddenly went into a spin and disappeared into the clouds. When the bailout signal was given, six members of the crew were able to parachute to safety and were made prisoners of war, but four were killed.
The crew of another ship, No. 43-37790 ("Lady Luck"), piloted by Lt. J. J. Kamper, flying its first mission, bailed out over the Continent and all landed safely in Allied territory. However, the Group history makes no mention of the incident, and the circumstances of the incident are not known.
By 1528 hours all but three aircraft had returned from the mission. Of the three missing aircraft, later information indicated that one had been shot down; the crew of the second ship had bailed out and were safe; and that the third had landed at another base.

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Aircraft

  • 42-102393 Diana Queen Of The Chase

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 27/2/44; Hunter 22/3/44; Grenier 2/4/44; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-R] Deenethorpe 16/4/44; 111m, Returned to the USA Bradley 8/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 12/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal...

  • 42-102468 'Farmer's Daughter'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 5/3/44; Hunter 7/4/44; Dow Fd 29/4/44; Assigned 615BS/401BG [IY-C] Deenethorpe 3/5/44; 614BS [IW-S]; 106m, Returned to the USA Bradley 7/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 14/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for...

  • 42-106992 Baby Lu, Grin 'N Bear It

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 19/1/44; Dalhart 4/2/44; Presque 23/3/44; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-D] Deenethorpe 16/4/44; force landed continent 19/4/45; Sal; Returned to the USA Bradley 11/7/45; 4185 BU Independence 12/7/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold...

  • 42-107151 Cover Girl

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 7/3/44; Kearney 22/3/44; Grenier 7/4/44; Assigned 614BS/401BG [IW-B] Deenethorpe 15/4/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 8/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 12/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA)...

  • 42-31591 Homesick Angel

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 26/11/43; Wendover 9/12/43; Grenier 20/1/44; Assigned 457BG Glatton 25/1/44; transferred 613BS/401BG [IN-J] Deenethorpe 11/3/44; Missing in Action Pas de Calais 19/3/44, force landed continent; Salvaged 1 SAD Troston 22/4/44; mission...

  • 42-31983 Mary Alice

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 13/1/44; Kearney 28/1/44; Presque Is 18/2/44; Grenier 2/3/44; Assigned 615BS/401BG [IY-G] Deenethorpe 7/3/44; detailed Munich 13/7/44 with L.H. Haskett, Tail gunner: Ed Page (Killed in Action); Returned to the USA 121 BU Bradley 6/6...

  • 42-97664 'Aw Come On'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 21/1/44; Gr Island 6/2/44; Presque Is 21/3/44; Assigned 615BS/401BG [IY-F] Deenethorpe 17/4/44; 612BS [SC-X]; force landed continent 10/5/45; Salvaged 2 SAD. AW COME ON.

  • 42-97780 "NOW GO!" aka "Blue Bomb Express"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 24/2/44; Denver 2/3/44; Kearney 1/4/44; Grenier 14/4/44; Assigned 452BG Deopham Green 19/4/44 NOW GO!; transferred 614BS/401BG [IW-R] Deenethorpe 28/4/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 6/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 21/10...

  • 42-97931 'MADAME QUEEN'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 8/4/44; Kearney 4/5/44; Dow Fd 21/5/44; Assigned 613BS/401BG [IN-Q] Deenethorpe 1/6/44; 614BS [IW-A]; Returned to the USA Bradley 8/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 10/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap...

  • 42-97947

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 12/4/44; 1SAG Langley 16/6/44; Grenier 6/7/44; Assigned 351BG Polebrook 8/7/44; transferred 612BS/401BG [SC-U] Deenethorpe 7/8/44; 613BS; transferred 305BG Chelveston 20/8/44; Salvaged 9AF Germany 10/5/46.

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  • Deenethorpe

    Military site : airfield
    Deenethorpe was a base purpose-built for American heavy bombers, with the Class A regulation 2,000 and 1,400-yard runways. All the buildings on site,such as the accommodation and administrative blocks, were temporary. In December 1943, several local...

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Date Contributor Update
25 November 2021 01:36:57 acbernstein1 Changes to mission associations
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Date Contributor Update
25 November 2021 01:35:24 acbernstein1 Created entry with caption, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
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http://401bg.org/Main/History/Missions/Details.aspx?Number=238

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