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401st Bomb Group, Mission No. 240, 31 Mar 1945, Weimar, Germany. Briefing took place at the early hour of 0200. The aircraft were each loaded with six 1,000 pound bombs and 2,780 gallons of gas. All aircraft were off on the mission by 0627 hours. One aircraft was forced to abort with a turbocharger out, and one spare also returned early. The 401st put up the three squadrons comprising the 94th Combat Wing "C" Group on this mission. The primary target, the oil production facilities at Merseburg, and the secondary target were both covered by clouds, so Weimar was chosen as a target of opportunity. Bombing was done by PFF (radar) mthods with some visual assists. Results were described as fair. No enemy fighters were seen, and, while flak was observed in the area, none hit the Group's formation. By 1437 hours all aircraft had returned 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: Dynamite John
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 612th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: D-Day Dottie
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 613th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Baby Lu, Grin N Bear It
  • 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

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