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4 August 1944

Object Number - UPL 19614 - Crew members of the 753rd Bomb Squadron, 458th Bomb Group, pose beside a Consolidated B-24 somewhere in England. 13 November 1944. B-24JAZ-155-CO...

Mission Details

MIMOYECQUES

Description: V-1 MISSILE SITES

Notes: This is the first APHRODITE mission (388th Bomb Group). 4 war-weary B-17s are packed with 20,000 pound of nitrostarch explosive to make them flying bombs, the largest ever constructed up until that time. The aircraft carry a crew of two, the pilot and an autopilot engineer. The drone would be flown to an altitude of 1,800 feet, then put into a gentle dive and make a final run at the target at 600-700 feet, guided by radio control from "mother ship" B-24s flying above and behind. The targets were all V-Weapon sites that the Germans were modifying to be able to launch the V-2 rocket. The one at Mimoyecques was an underground facility whose entrance was fitted with enormous steel doors that were only opened for 30 minutes each day. The objective was to fly the aircraft bomb through the opening. The pilot and engineer would bail out over England after reaching altitude and set the controls. One of the drones was flown by Lt. Fain Pool with engineer S. Sgt Philip Enterline. Lt. Poll got the aircraft into the air and all was fine for about 10 minutes. Sgt Enterline had trouble setting the autopilot and arming the explosives. The plane began to spin out of control and both Pool and Enterline managed to bail out, Pool going out at about 500 feet. The plane, then under radio control recovered and was flown to the target but would not make the final dive. It was shot down by AA. A moment later the second drone stalled out and went into a fatal dive. The engineer was able to bail out, but the pilot, Lt. John Fischer was killed in the explosion and crash. The other two drones both missed their targets. The crews bailed out successfully but suffered injuries.

The insignia of the 388th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 20 T

SIRACOURT

Description: V-1 MISSILE SITES

WATTEN

Description: V-1 MISSILE SITES

WIZERNES

Description: V-1 MISSILE SITES

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People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 388th Bomb Group 562nd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-816250
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 385th Bomb Group
  • Service Numbers: 16079469 / O-?
  • Highest Rank: Captain
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 34th Bomb Group 18th Bomb Squadron 4th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 38546773
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Tail Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 388th Bomb Group 562nd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-?
  • Highest Rank: Major
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 388th Bomb Group 562nd Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Bombardier

Aircraft

Revisions

Date27 Sep 2014 18:43:07
ContributorAAM
Sources

Lee Cunningham, 8th Air Force missions research database / Stan Bishop's 'Losses of the US 8th and 9th Air Forces', the Combat Chronology of the US Army Air Forces and the work of Roger Freeman including the 'Mighty Eighth War Diary'.

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