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301st Bomb Group, Mission No. 247, 11 Apr 1945, Freiham, Germany. Briefing took place at 0500 hours, with Assembly ordered over Buncher Y in France at 16,000 feet. All operational aircraft were airborne by 0842 hours. At 1455 the crew of one aircraft were forced to abort the mission with No. 1 engine feathered, having jettisoned its bombs in the sea. One spare aircraft also returned early. By 1720 all operational aircraft had returned, Flying Control noting: "Good fast landing." The 401st provided three squadrons comprising the 94th Combat Wing "C" Group on this mission. It was another clear day and, with visual sighting possible, the Lead bombardiers produced excellent results. 100 per cent of the Group's bombs fell withn 2,000 feet of the MPI, and 80 percent were within a 1,000 foot radius. Flak was sporadic and inaccurate, and none of the Group's ships sustained battle damage. No enemy aircraft were seen.

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A pathfinder B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 44-8258) of the 401st Bomb Group. Image by Robert Astrella. Written on slide casing: '48258 14 A, Mount Farm.'
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

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  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Diana Queen Of The Chase
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 612th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Dynamite John
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 612th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Farmer's Daughter
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 614th Bomb Squadron 615th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Ice Cold Katy
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 612th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Miss Aldaflak Section 8
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 612th Bomb Squadron 615th Bomb Squadron

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