44th Bomb Group Mission Number 122

Date City Country Target
4/18/1944 Cuxhaven/Rathenow Germany Target of Opportunity

Unofficial Mission Summary 

Brandenburg Airdrome 35 miles south of Berlin was the intended target today but due to the cloud covered conditions at this target, Cuxhaven, Germany was hit visually with very poor results. The 67th sent six aircraft of the 24 in the 44th formation. They took off at 1000 hours with bomb loads of 52 x 100 lb's, but two of the 67th returned early. Again it was Lt. Mercer in "L'il Cookie" as the engines would start to vibrate as soon as 15,000 ft was reached - supercharger trouble. The primary target was Brandenburg A/D visual; secondary Berlin PFF; but the Group bombed targets of opportunity with 21 planes at Rathenow and Cuxhaven. Moderate flak and weak fighter opposition was encountered. Bombing results were very good at both targets. The crew of Lt. Perry was relieved from assignment on the 16th and assigned to the 15th Air Force in Africa after having completed 15 missions with us. Two new combat crews assigned.
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