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VIII Bomber Command 27A SECRET MISSION

2 January 1943

Official description

Not yet known

Description

4 B-24s from the 93BG/329BS have been equipped with special electronic equipment that would supposedly allow "blind bombing" of target through overcast (called "Moling") are despatched to hit targets in the Ruhr valley of Germany.

Mission details

1. Essen, Germany

Description

MOLING MISSION

Aircraft type

B-24 Liberator

Notes

4 B-24s from the 329th Bomb Squadron have been equipped with special electronic equipment that would supposedly allow "blind bombing" of target through overcast (called ""Moling"") are despatched to hit targets in the Ruhr valley of Germany. They become the first American bombers to penetrate German airspace. As the flight approached the targets, the overcast cleared and as the pilots were instructed to not risk the special aircraft, the mission was aborted and they dropped their bombs in the North Sea before returning to base. Because of the "sensitive" nature of the mission and the fact that bombs were not dropped on a German target it was not reported in the American press or in the official mission count of the 8th Air Force.

Units

  • 93rd Bomb Group

    93rd Bomb Group

    Group
    93rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 1-March-1942 at Barksdale Field, Louisiana. On 15-May-1942 the Group moved to Ft. Myers, Florida to continue advanced flight training and also to fly anti-submarine patrols over the Gulf of Mexico; they...

  • 329th Bomb Squadron

Mission Statistics

Number of aircraft Sent 4

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
10 December 2014 09:39:15 Emily Changes to event
Sources

Freeman, The Mighty Eighth War Diary, p. 32.

Date Contributor Update
08 December 2014 21:31:04 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
Sources

Lee Cunningham 8-Dec-2014. "The Mighty Eighth War Diary" Roger A. Freeman.

Date Contributor Update
08 December 2014 21:25:26 Lee8thbuff Changes to name and description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 8-Dec-2014. Description based on "The Mighty Eighth War Diary" Roger A. Freeman.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:43:14 AAM AAM ingest
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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