44th Bomb Group Mission Number 149

Date City Country Target
5/30/1944 Rotenburg Germany Airfield

Unofficial Mission Summary 

The target for today was the airfield at Rotenburg, Germany. 26 aircraft took-off, eight of them from the 67th, at 0730 with bomb loads of 12 x 500 lb GPs. Capt. Gildart was lead pilot, and Major Lehnhausen was his Command Pilot on this most successful mission. Strike photos show excellent coverage of the target and was recognized as being the best to date. Capt. Thomas finished his tour today by flying Deputy Lead. Moderate, fairly accurate flak was experienced with a few ships of the Group having Category "A" battle damage. Sgt. Kipnes on Lt. Mercer's crew adds, "Take-off at 0757 in 'Wasps Nest" with target the airplane repair' depot in Rotenberg. We started out in Glory Bee, but as we started to taxi #2 engine sprang an oil leak and we had to switch over to this standby plane. Visibility was perfect - bomb results excellent. General Johhson, our C.O. commended us on our precision bombing - it looked like all our bombs were right on target. Fighter support was very good and stayed with us all the way. P-51s escorted us into the target, with P-38s taking us back on the long stretch over water. Landed at 1325 hours." The squadron (67th) softball team engaged the 506th in a heated battle at 1815 hours. A huge crowd turned out to see the 67th win hands down, the final score being 3 to 0. Cpl Kota pitched a great ball game.
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