September 1944

September, '44

Bombing was suspended from August 30 through September 9 in order for the group to perform the "grocery run", as tons of food and medicine were delivered to France. The group commander, Colonel Jacob Brogger, was injured by an explosive bullet while flying a misssion over Holland. As a result, he was relieved of command and replaced by Colonel Troy Crawford. Buzz bombs began flying over the base fairly regularly, with none making a direct hit. 14 men who had been shot down and evaded capture made their way back to base.

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Early Sep The Grocery Run
Sep 10th Heilbronn
Sep 12th Kiel
Sep 13th Ulm
Sep 18th Supply drop, Nijmegen, Holland
Sep 21st Koblenz
Sep 22nd Kassel
Sep 25th Koblenz
Sep 26th Hamm
Sep 27th Kassel
Sep 28th Kassel
Sep 30th Hamm

Mission Details

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Early September: The Grocery Run
Tons of food and medicine were ferried to the recently liberated people of France. Empty bombers left the base and were filled with provisions at a base in southern England. They were then flown to the airfield in Orleans, which lay in ruins after bombardment by the same bombers. The field was in such bad shape that army engineers had to rebuild the runways before planes could land. The crews flew at treetop level in order to see the results of their previous work. All around them were wrecked gliders, destroyed factories and bridges, and towns in ruins. The crews were met with open arms by the French citizens, who unloaded the planes. Photos

September 10: Heilbronn
The rail yards were attacked, with fair results. "Rough Buddy" (42-95390) was hit by flak and went down, killing 9 crewmen with 1 more taken prisoner. Photo

September 12: Kiel
36 planes bombed a jet engine plant with good results.

September 13: Ulm
No bombs were dropped on this target, so the group instead bombed the marshalling yards at Heilbronn.

September 18: Supply drop, Nijmegen, Holland
Gasoline, food, and ammunition were dropped to the ground troops, which had just parachuted into the area. The group commander, Colonel Jacob Brogger, was injured by an explosive bullet and was sent home. Photos

September 21: Koblenz
The crews were unable to see the signal given by the PFF plane and, as a result, missed the target by about a mile. One plane, "T.S." (42-110071), was hit by flak and crash landed at Bredfield airbase, killing all 10 on board. It was the crew's first mission. Photo

September 22: Kassel
22 planes bombed the marshalling yards through heavy clouds, with unobserved results. Flak was intense, but inaccurate.

September 25: Koblenz
33 planes bombed, but it is believed they were well short of the target.

September 26: Hamm
29 planes attacked the marshalling yards, with fair results. 2 planes and crew were lost. "Temptation" (42-50477) received multiple flak hits and all 11 crewmen were taken prisoner. It was supposed to be their last mission. "Lil' Max" (42-100347) was hit by flak. 2 crewmen were killed, 4 were taken prisoner, and 5 evaded capture. Photos

September 27: Kassel
27 planes attacked the locomotive works with unobserved results. 10 propaganda bombs were also dropped.

September 28: Kassel
27 planes bombed for a second day. The group saw 7 enemy jet fighters.

September 30: Hamm
26 planes dropped 500 pounders and propaganda bombs, with unobserved results.

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