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401st Bomb Group, Mission No. 203, 3 Feb 1945, Berlin, Germany.

Briefing took place at 0300 hours. Aircraft loading was ten 500 pound GP's and 2,780 gallons of gasoline. All aircraft were airborne by 0819; two aircraft were forced to abort, and one spare also returned early. By 1541 hours all but two aircraft had landed. The ship piloted by Lt. C. P. Djernes landed at Woodbridge with low fuel, brakes out and two wounded aircrew; the other ship, piloted by Lt. Myron L. King, was reported that have headed for Russian controlled territory after losing an engine over the target.

The 401st put up three squadrons, making up the 94th Combat Wing "B" Group on this mission. As the weather was clear, the target was bombed visually. While the target was obscured by the smoke and fire caused by bombs dropped by the preceding eight Groups, the 401st lead bombardiers used the RAF grid with outlying checkpoints to verify aiming points. The Lead and Low Squadrons were right on target and, while the High Squadron's bombs dropped short, they were still in the immediate area of the MPI.

While no German fighters were encountered, the flak was heavy and accurate. Four aircraft received major battle damage and seventeen others suffered minor damage. Lt. Myron L. King, whose B-17 had lost an engine over the target, decided to fly eastward and landed successfully in Russian controlled territory. Only after weeks of inhospitable treatment by our Russian "allies", graphically described in the book, "Portrait of a Flying Lady" by George Menzel, was the crew able to return to Deenthorpe.

Connections

Units

Aircraft

  • 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...

  • 42-106992 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...

  • 42-107113 'Miss Aldaflak' 'Section 8'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 24/2/44; Gr Island 7/3/44; Grenier 5/4/44; Assigned 615BS/401BG [IY-J] Deenethorpe 2/5/44; 612BS [SC-O]; Returned to the USA Bradley 6/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 21/10/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for...

  • 42-31072 Betty J.

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    ...

  • 42-31730 'Morning Star', 'Tail End Charlie'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 10/12/43; Kearney 27/12/43; RAF Nutts Corner 15/1/44; Assigned 615BS/401BG [IY-B] Deenethorpe 31/1/44; 613BS [IN-O]; 112m, Returned to the USA 121 BU Bradley 7/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 9/6/45; 4100 BU Patterson 9/10...

  • 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...

  • 42-97478 Shade Ruff #2

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 28/11/43; Wendover 12/12/43; Nutts Corner, Belfast, N. I. 20/1/44; Assigned 748BS/457BG Glatton 9/1/44; 749BS; transferred 614BS/401BG [IW-Q] Deenethorpe 11/3/44. ...

  • 42-97869 'Hula Girl', 'Maid To Order'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 21/3/44; 88BG Hunter 19/5/44; Dow Fd 29/5/44; Assigned 614BS/401BG [IW-H] Deenethorpe 8/6/44 MAID TO ORDER; 615BS [IY-A]; Missing in Action Munster 16/2/45 with Ernie Hansen, Joe Chuderewicz, Morton Greenberg, Jim Morrison, Ray Miller,...

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Missions

  • 817

    3 February 1945

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...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
02 December 2021 21:56:51 acbernstein1 Created entry with caption, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

http://401bg.org/Main/History/Missions/Details.aspx?Number=203

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