Mission No. Twenty-Nine – November 20, 1944
Target: Gelsenkirchen – Synthetic Oil Plant
Bomb Load: 20-250# G.P.
Gas Load: 2200 gallons
Plane: P4310 – No Name
Position: #1, #2 Element, Lead Sqdn., 41st “B” Gp.
T.O.: 0805 Land: 1329 Time: 5 hours, 24 minutes
Left Base: 0923 @ 20000′
Bombs Away: 1123; 21600′; -26 degrees C.
Distance: 771 SM
Remarks: Very bad weather. Formation broke up in clouds over target. Came out of clouds alone. Dropped down below high clouds & made D.R. run on target by ourselves. Dropped bombs on E.T.A. Returned to base by ourselves. Flak unknown. Could feel explosions bouncing plane but could not see it in the clouds. Very messed up mission. Should never have been sent out.
[Note: This was the 379th Bomb Group’s 226th mission.]