44th Bomb Group Mission Number 1

Date City Country Target
11/7/1942 Diversionary Mission Germany Diversion

Unofficial Mission Summary 

This date brought the day of days - the first actual mission for the Group. The mission consisted of a diversionary sweep mission over the North Sea to a point north of Cape De La Hague and back again. Seven ships took off, one returned early, five performed the mission and one landed at Great Elmswell Airdrome. The 66th sent two ships - Miller and Adams; and the 68th sent five: 819, O'Brien; 813 Holmes; 776 Sullivan, 800 Cramer, and 699 Phillips. The purpose was to draw the enemy off its defensive measures while other Groups went on to the intended target; and secondly, it was to give our pilots some sort of "feeling" for what was expected and to acquaint the ground crews more readily of many new functions that all of the practice missions in the world would never reveal. Sortie credits were given and all aircraft returned to the base without incident, having encountered no type of enemy action.
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