Mission No. Aborted – December 18, 1944
Target: Front Line Support for American 1st Army
Bomb Load: 12-500# G.P.
Gas Load: 2400 gallons
Plane: F4213 – Rubble Rouser
Position: #2, #4 Element, Lead Sqdn., 41st “B” Gp.
T.O.: 0959 Land: 1412 Time: 4 hours, 13 minutes
Left Base: 1044 @ 13000′
Bombs Away: Jettisoned in Channel
Distance: 473 SM
Remarks: Reached Belgium coast without trouble. Five minutes after crossing coast had to feather #2 engine because of internal failure. Unable to climb or stay with group so turned back. Five minutes later had to feather #1 engine because of internal failure. Jettisoned bombs in Channel and returned to base without further trouble. Pilot made beautiful landing under the circumstances. Very disappointed. Would have been a very nice mission.
[Note: This was the 379th Bomb Group’s 231st mission.]