44th Bomb Group Mission Number 143

Date City Country Target
5/24/1944 Melun France Airfield

Unofficial Mission Summary 

36 A/C were dispatched by the Group (12 being 67th's), 35 of them bombed the Primary, Melun, France, an airfield 25 miles south of Paris. The planes bombed in three squadrons; the first 12 ships, (68th) had excellent coverage, the second of 11 ships had poor results (67th's led by Capt. Thames) and the third of 12, planes (Mostly 506th) had fair results. Only moderate slightly accurate flak was met, and the fighter support was excellent. Lts. Duce and Wahler's aircraft (67th) suffered slight flak damage and no casualties. All returned to base at 1115 hours. Sgt. Kipnes adds that the bomb loading was 24 x 300'GPs in "Glory Bee", and flew off Capt. Thames wing.
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