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401st Bomb Group, Mission No. 230, 17 Mar 1945, Molbis, Germany.
The Group was briefed at 0400 hours, and all aircraft were airborne by 0824. Flying Control noted: "Very good take off." By 1748 hours all but two aircraft had returned from the mission. Those two ships (which must have landed elsewhere to refuel) landed at 2044 and 2049 hours, respectively.
On this mission, with the 401st putting up the three squadrons comprising the 94th Combat Wing "A" Group, the primary target was flak gun installations in the Leipzig area protecting the oil installations at Molbis. The secondary target was the oil installations themselves.
As 10/10th's cloud cover obscured the gun positions, the Group bombed the oil installations by PFF (radar) techniques. Because of the clouds, the results could not be visually observed or photographed.
No enemy aircraft were encountered, and the meager flak in the target area did not result in damage to any 401st aircraft.

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  • Harry Ahlers

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 21 x combat missions. Awards: AM (2OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Allen Aschenbach

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
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  • Charles Campbell

    Military | First Lieutenant

  • Karl Carey

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed near Brandenburg on 20 Apr 45 in B-17 'You All Right' #4339125

  • Frederick Eglin

    Military | Second Lieutenant

  • Millard French

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 36 x combat mission. ETD Awards: AM (5OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (2 x Battle Stars).

  • Lloyd Harveson

    Military | Major
    After the war, Lloyd Cullen Harveson became a Sales Office Correspondent selling tin cans for growers in the Rio Grande Valley of south Texas - he worked for Continental Can Company. ...

  • Howard Holt

    Military | Second Lieutenant

  • Robert Long

    Military | First Lieutenant

  • William Martin

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot

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Aircraft

  • 42-102393 Diana Queen Of The Chase

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 27/2/44; Hunter 22/3/44; Grenier 2/4/44; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-R] Deenethorpe 16/4/44; 111m, Returned to the USA Bradley 8/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 12/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal...

  • 42-102398 Dynamite John

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 29/2/44; Gr Island 22/3/44; Grenier 20/4/44; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-H] Deenethorpe 13/5/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 6/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 8/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in...

  • 42-102468 'Farmer's Daughter'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 5/3/44; Hunter 7/4/44; Dow Fd 29/4/44; Assigned 615BS/401BG [IY-C] Deenethorpe 3/5/44; 614BS [IW-S]; 106m, Returned to the USA Bradley 7/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 14/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for...

  • 42-102947 D-Day Dottie

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 21/4/44; Kearney 2/5/44; Grenier 26/5/44; Assigned 613BS/401BG [IN-S] 27/5/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 8/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 12/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman...

  • 42-106992 Baby Lu, Grin 'N Bear It

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 19/1/44; Dalhart 4/2/44; Presque 23/3/44; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-D] Deenethorpe 16/4/44; force landed continent 19/4/45; Sal; Returned to the USA Bradley 11/7/45; 4185 BU Independence 12/7/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold...

  • 42-107039 Ice Cold Katy

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 3/2/44; Grenier 27/2/44; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-M] Deenethorpe 23/3/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 7/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 13/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 28/11/45...

  • 42-31662 'Fancy Nancy IV'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 2/12/43; Kearney 17/12/43; Romulus 6/1/44; Kearney 7/1/44; Memphis 9/1/44; Presque Is 10/1/44; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-B] Deenethorpe 31/1/44; 134m crash landed Polebrook 22/4/44, Salvaged 1 SAD Troston. FANCY NANCY IV.

  • 42-31983 Mary Alice

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 13/1/44; Kearney 28/1/44; Presque Is 18/2/44; Grenier 2/3/44; Assigned 615BS/401BG [IY-G] Deenethorpe 7/3/44; detailed Munich 13/7/44 with L.H. Haskett, Tail gunner: Ed Page (Killed in Action); Returned to the USA 121 BU Bradley 6/6...

  • 42-32012 'Shark Tooth'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 15/1/44; Kearney 28/1/44; Assigned 614BS/401BG [IW-P] Deenethorpe 5/3/44; Returned to the USA 121 BU Bradley 8/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 13/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman...

  • 42-97322 Mister Completely, Home James

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 18/2/44; Dow Fd 7/3/44; Assigned 398BG Nuthampstead 1/5/44; no ops, transferred 614BS/401BG [IW-D] Deenethorpe 21/5/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 5/7/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 21/10/45; Reconstruction Finance...

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Locations

  • Deenethorpe

    Military site : airfield
    Deenethorpe was a base purpose-built for American heavy bombers, with the Class A regulation 2,000 and 1,400-yard runways. All the buildings on site,such as the accommodation and administrative blocks, were temporary. In December 1943, several local...

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Date Contributor Update
26 November 2021 01:27:52 acbernstein1 Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations
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http://401bg.org/Main/History/Missions/Details.aspx?Number=230

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