HEADQUARTERS 450TH BOMBARDMENT GROUP (H), AAF
OFFICE OF THE OPERATIONS OFFICER
APO 520 US ARMY
23 JULY 1944
Pilot-Bombardier Mission Report.
TO: Commanding Officer, 47th Wing, APO 520, U.S. Army. Attention: Wing Bombardier.
A. First Attack Unit:
1. Major Davis, Lt Leavitt, Lt
B. Second Attack Unit:
1. Lt Jeff, Lt Richman, Lt Lanza
C. Third Attack Unit:
1. Lt Peterson, Lt Nicholas, Lt
Romano Refinery, Kragujevac RR Bridge.
3. 22 July
4. Plan did
not go as briefed. Lead unit went slightly beyond I.P. to avoid B-17's. Lead
Bombardier picked up wrong check points when turned into the target and so they
did not bomb the primary. They bombed target of opportunity Kragujevac RR
Bride. 2nd and 3rd units bombed as briefed.
operation – 1st attack unit bombed secondary target, Kragujevac RR
Bridge by visual means. 2nd unit bombed primary by offset method. 3rd
unit bombed by synchronous method with PFF. Wing men toggled on their
respective lead ships.
of 2nd and 3rd attack units cannot be accurately
determined because of the smoke screen. It is believed that the bombs hit
slightly to the right of the target. The first attack unit bombed RR Bridge at
Kragujevac and it is believed the bombs landed 400' to the right.
bombardier evidently couldn't orient himself quickly enough when they went
a few miles beyond the I.P. He will not
lead the group in the future.
Henry C. Kaecker,
Captain, Air Corps,
GP Bombing Officer.