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301st Bomb Group, Mission No. 244, 8 Apr 1945, Halberstadt, Germany. Briefing again took place in the middle of the night--0240 hours. All operational aircraft were airborne by 0700 hours, and the two spares returned early as there were no aborts. All aircraft had returned from the mission by 1519 hours. The three squadrons of the 401st made up the 94th Combat Wing "B" Group on this mission. While weather over both England and the Continent was clear, the primary target, the Luftwaffe airfield at Lerbst, was blotted out by the smoke from preceding Groups. The 401st therefore turned to the secondary target, the marshalling yards at Halberstadt. While smoke also obscured this target, photos showed that the Group's bombs had caused heavy damage to the marshalling yards. No enemy aircraft or flak was encountered, and all aircraft returned to base safely.

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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: Ice Cold Katy
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 612th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Cover Girl
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 614th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Homesick Angel
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 613th Bomb Squadron

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