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401st Bomb Group, Mission No. 237, 24 Mar 1945, Twente, Holland.
The second briefing of the day, for crews of the 12 ships scheduled to participate, took place at 1115 hours. The 401st put up a task force of 12 ships on this, the second mission of the day, in support of the Allied ground force crossing of the Rhine River, known as "Operation Varsity". The 401st task force flew as the High Squadron of the 94th Combat Wing Composite Group. Visual bombing was again possible, and results of the attack were excellent.
No enemy aircraft were encountered, and the 401st contingent suffered only minor flak damage to four aircraft. All 12 ships were off by 1500 hours and had returned safely by 1950 hours



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    401st Bomb Group

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    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.

  • 43-37790 Lady Luck

    B-17 Flying Fortress
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  • 44-6506 Satisfaction Guaranteed

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 24/8/44; Grenier 10/9/44; Assigned 615BS/401BG [SC-N] Deenethorpe 12/9/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 4/6/45; Sth Plains 6/8/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 8/11/45. SATISFACTION GUARANTEED.

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    B-17 Flying Fortress
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    Military site : airfield
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