44th Bomb Group Mission Number 239

Date City Country Target
10/15/1944 Cologne / Geron Germany Marshalling Yards

Unofficial Mission Summary 

Nine of the 67th aircraft were in the 44th formation of 33 A/C and 5 PFFs attacking the largest motor transport works at Cologne, Germany. Our planes made up the "A" group of 25 aircraft and a "B" group of 13 ships to lead the 14th Combat Wing, third Wing in the Division. All aircraft reached the target and bombed by the PFF method. The "A" group bombed the Gerson M/Y at Cologne with unobserved results although there was evidence of bomb strikes in the target area. At the IP the PFF in the lead ship of the "B" group was jammed and the order to bomb was not received by the others. Having then been committed to,a visual run, the "B" group went on to bomb Dormegan, a Target of Opportunity just north of Cologne, with good desults. No flak or enemy fighters were in the target area, while flak on the route out was only meager and inaccurate. Fighter support was excellent and there were no losses. S/Sgt. L.C. Allen, tail turret gunner on Lt. Struther's crew, adds these comments: "The entire 8th AF hit Cologne today. The town completely covered by dust and smoke. We flew in J, formerly B, had bomb loading of 5 x-500 GPs and 6 M17s, bombed from altitude of 24,000 feet. Our escort was P-51s. Took familiar route over Belgium, in and out." Lt. O.K. Hill, 66th, was deputy lead for the Group. Major Slough relieved to be assigned to AAF RD #1, for return to Atlantic City, USA.
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