44th Bomb Group Mission Number 2

Date City Country Target
11/9/1942 St. Nazaire France  

Unofficial Mission Summary 

UMS
11/9/42
This mission represented the first mission the 44th Gp. actually dropped bombs on enemy-held lands. The 68th had the honor to represent the entire Group on this mission with six aircraft.

The target was attacked from a height of 17,000 feet at about 1405 hours. The target was hit with two crews claiming direct hits and two others state that their bombs fell on the dock area near the Lock Gates. Fires and heavy, billowing smoke belched forth from the area. This mission also was the first to provide a baptism of enemy flak which was moderately heavy but inaccurate.

All A/C returned to the base without damage, but wiser in what to expect.
 
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