Mission No. 203
23 Dec 1944
Station: A-73
Target: RR Viaduct at Ahrweiler, Germany
Results good. Circumstances combined to make the Ahrweiler mission on Dec 23, 1944, unusual and tragic. The 391st lost 16 out of 30 aircraft. The first thing was that the weather had been not flyable for upwards of two weeks. During this period, both sides had worked hard at getting the maximum number of airplanes in commission. When the weather broke clear on the 23rd, it was still cloudy in Germany, which is why the mission became a "Pathfinder" mission (see below). When our planes reached the fighter rendezvous point, our fighters did not show up. The leader made one circle and then forged on to the target. At some point then, the group was attacked by 60 German fighter planes, ME-109's and FW-190's. Our defenses were overwhelmed, particularly for the low flights.

All aircraft associated with an Accident or Missing Air Crew Report (MACR) for this mission are shown in red. Click on taxi code for details.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR THIS MISSION FROM THE GROUP MISSION RECORDS IS AVAILABLE IN THE "CREW LOADLING LIST" SECTION OF THIS WEBSITE here


Box #1 - Lead Flight
Pathfinder
1PFS
???-?
??
Jannsen-Garside
575
743-N
7
Kirton
575
855-R
2
Hoar
575
620-B
14
Box #1 - High Flight
Breeseman-Kelly
575
847-E
??
Heslep
575
418-E
9
Sharp
575
43
Gatlin-Adair
575
42
Tavener
575
42
Kloepfer
575
42
Box #1 - Low Flight
Mickelson-Messel
574
46
Haynes
574
42
Gray
574
44
Stevenson-Schwarz
574
42
Woods
574
720-R
??
Ryan
574
42

Box #2 - Lead Flight
Pathfinder
1PFS
???-?
??
Boylan-Smith
573
42
Dillard
573
806-C
65
Abraham
573
42
Box #2 - High Flight
May-Solomon
573
451-D
28
Rice
573
854-J
33
Baker
573
620-S
14
Dent-Allen
573
319-R
??
Edwards
573
447-E
34
Schaffron
573
822-D
27
Box #2 - Low Flight
Chism-Del'Oliver
574
927-R
RW
Detjens
574
41
Donnelly
574
42
Brown-Estrom
574
42
Lesmeister
574
42
Matus
574
43
Box #2 - Spare Flight
Putnam
573
252-Z
22