Mission No. (No Credit) – August 8, 1944
Target: Caen – German Troop Concentration
Bomb Load: 38-100# G.P.
Gas Load: 1700 gallons
Plane: S5004 (No Name)
Position: #3, #3 Element, Lead Sqdn., 41st “A” Gp.
T.O.: 1052 Land: 1450 Time: 3 hours, 58 minutes
Left Base: 1122 @ 4000′
Bombs Away: 1319 1/2; 14000′; -4 degrees C.
Distance: 592 SM
Remarks: Encountered heavy flak barrages along course but avoided them. For first time returned without battle damage. Lead bombardier messed up & we dropped our bombs on Canadian troops. No credit for mission. Altitude was too low. Flak can be too accurate at that level. Hope we stay higher in future.
[Note: This was the 379th Bomb Group’s 185th mission.]