OPERATIONAL MISSION #nnn
FOR
da mo yr
num id hs
pilot
3
LEAD num id hs
pilot
2
K-21
num id hs
pilot
1
16MM
num id hs
pilot
6
num id hs
pilot
5
num id hs
pilot
4
K-20
LOW num id hs
pilot
9
(SJ) num id hs
pilot
8
K-21 HIGH
num id hs
pilot
3
num id hs
pilot
2
num id hs
pilot
7
(SJ) num id hs
pilot
3
num id hs
pilot
2
num id hs
pilot
1
STATIONS
START ENG.
TAXI
num id hs
pilot
1
K-21
num id hs
pilot
6
num id hs
pilot
5
TAKE OFF
LAST TIME T.O.
num id hs
pilot
6
num id hs
pilot
5
num id hs
pilot
4
num id hs
pilot
4
K-20
num id hs
pilot
9
num id hs
pilot
8
LOW-LOW num id hs
pilot
9
num id hs
pilot
8
num id hs
pilot
7
num id hs
pilot
3
num id hs
pilot
2
num id hs
pilot
7
num id hs
pilot
10
num id hs
pilot
1
num id hs
pilot
10
SPARE PFF: num id hs
pilot
6
num id hs
pilot
5
K-21
num id hs
pilot
4
K-20
num id hs
pilot
9
num id hs
pilot
8
num id hs
pilot
7
num id hs
pilot
10

The online flimsies (Form #15) have a layout similiar to the above. "Num" indicates the aircraft's tail number (last 3-4 digits), the "id" is the call sign, and "hs" is the hardstand number. This plan represents the "diamond" formation used later in the war. The low-low ("Diamond") squadron was not used in the earlier missions. The air commander flew with the lead squadron in plane #1. Some missions included an additional element bringing the squadron strength to 13 ships. Some flimsies are missing and the formation diagrams are used instead. Missions flown with B24's use a "Tail view" format and show the formation as viewed from behind.

This layout does not represent the formation over the target. After the aircraft have assembled as a group, the lead aircraft (#1) assume the leads of the respective squadrons, any unnecessary airborne spares then return to base. The bombers fly enroute to target in the standard box formation. The aircraft designated as #1 are the lead aircraft, and fly at the van of their squadron. His wingmen are #2 and #3. These three aircraft form the lead element. Each squadron is composed of 3 to 4 elements.

Five minutes prior to IP, the lead ship fires two red flares. At this time the low squadron manuevers outside of the high formation. All three squadrons then turn into the IP point in trail formation. The low-low squadron, if present, brings up the rear.

The initial point (IP) point is positioned downwind from the target (as predicted by the weather squadron earlier that day). When the squadron is committed to the run on the target, the lead bombardier guides the formation. All aircraft drop on his cue. Immediately after "bombs away" the pilot resumes control of the aircraft and the formation executes a 1000' dive away from target to pick up speed. At the same time the lead squadron turns toward the rally point (RP). The other squadrons turn inside and assemble on the lead squadron in the pre-IP formation and head home.

On each mission flimsy, air crews colored red indicate an aircraft shot down; blue denotes a forced landing in friendly territory; purple indicates the aircraft aborted; dark gray show low flights; light gray indicates aircraft flying with another group. Other crew data indicate the pilot, the aircraft number, call letters and hardstand number. Aircraft designated K-20/21 were camera ships. Those designated 16MM carried motion picture cameras. Aircraft designated (SJ) were spot jammer ships.

Mission Details

F - flimsy; L - loading list; R - mission reports; P - strike photo; M - map; B - bomb plot

001
07May44
FLMR
002
08May44
FLBR
003
09May44
FLBR
004
11May44
FLR
005
20May44
FLR
006
23May44
FLR
007
24May44
FLR
008
25May44
FLR
009
27May44
FLR
010
28May44
FLR
011
29May44
FL
012
30May44
FL
013
31May44
FL
014
04Jun44
FL
015
06Jun44
FL
016
06Jun44
FL
017
06Jun44
FL
018
07Jun44
FL
019
08Jun44
FL
020
11Jun44
FL
021
12Jun44
FL
022
14Jun44
FL
023
15Jun44
FL
024
16Jun44
FL
025
17Jun44
FL
026
20Jun44
FL
027
20Jun44
FL
028
22Jun44
FL
029
24Jun44
FL
030
25Jun44
FL
031
25Jun44
FL
032
27Jun44
FL
033
28Jun44
FL
034
29Jun44
FL
035
30Jun44
FL
036
01Jul44
FL
037
02JUL44
FL
038
04Jul44
FL
039
05Jul44
FL
040
06Jul44
FL
041
08Jul44
FL
042
09Jul44
FL
043
12Jul44
FL
044
14Jul44
FL
045
17Jul44
FL
046
18Jul44
FL
047
19Jul4
FL
048
20Jul44
FL
049
21Jul44
FL
050
01Aug44
FL
051
02Aug44
FLRBM
052
03Aug44
FL
053
04Aug44
FLRM
054
05Aug44
FL
055
06Aug44
FL
056
07Aug44
FL
057
08Aug44
FLR
058
09Aug44
FL
059
11Aug44
FL
060
13Aug44
FL
061
14Aug44
FLM
062
15Aug44
FL
063
16Aug44
FL
064
18Aug44
FL
065
24Aug44
FLRPMB
066
25Aug44
FL
067
26Aug44
FL
068
27Aug44
FL
069
30Aug44
FL
070
01Sep44
FL
071
03Sep44
FL
072
05Sep44
FL
073
09Sep44
FL
074
10Sep44
FL
075
11Sep44
FL
076
12Sep44
FL
077
13Sep44
FL
078
17Sep44
FLRMPB
079
19Sep44
FL
080
21Sep44
FL
081
25Sep44
FL
082
26Sep44
FL
083
27Sep44
FL
084
28Sep44
FL
085
02Oct44
FL
086
03Oct44
FL
087
05Oct44
FL
088
06Oct44
FLRS
089
07Oct44
FL
090
09Oct44
FL
091
14Oct44
FL
092
15Oct44
FL
093
17Oct44
FL
094
18Oct44
FL
095
19Oct44
FL
096
22Oct44
FL
097
25Oct44
FL
098
26Oct44
FL
099
30Oct44
FL
100
02Nov44
FL
101
04Nov44
FL
102
05Nov44
FL
103
06Nov44
FL
104
09Nov44
FL
105
10Nov44
FLR
106
16Nov44
FLM
107
21Nov44
FL
108
25Nov44
FL
109
27Nov
FL
110
30Nov44
FL
111
04Dec44
FL
112
06Dec44
FL
113
10Dec44
FL
114
11Dec44
FL
115
12Dec44
FL
116
16Dec44
FL
117
23Dec44
FLR
118
24Dec44
FL
119
26Dec
FL
120
28Dec44
FL
121
29Dec44
FL
122
30Dec44
FL
123
31Dec44
FL
124
01Jan45
FL
125
02Jan45
FL
126
03Jan45
FL
127
05Jan45
FL
128
07Jan45
FL
129
08Jan45
FLRBP
130
10Jan45
FL
131
13Jan45
FL
132
14Jan45
FL
133
16Jan45
FL
134
18Jan45
FL
135
20Jan45
FL
136
21Jan45
FL
137
28Jan45
FL
138
29Jan45
FL
139
01Feb45
FL
140
03Feb45
FL
141
06Feb45
FL
142
09Feb45
FL
143
14Feb45
FL
144
15Feb45
FL
145
16Feb45
FL
146
17Feb45
FL
147
19Feb45
FL
148
21Feb45
FL
149
22Feb45
FL
150
23Feb45
FL
151
24Feb45
FL
152
25Feb45
FL
153
26Feb45
FLR
154
27Feb45
FLR
155
28Feb45
FL
156
02Mar45
FL
157
03Mar45
FLR
158
04Mar45
FLR
159
07Mar45
FLR
160
08Mar45
FLR
161
09Mar45
FLR
162
10Mar45
FL
163
11Mar45
FL
164
12Mar45
FL
165
14Mar45
FL
166
15Mar45
FL
167
17Mar45
FLR
168
18Mar45
FL
169
19Mar45
FL
170
21Mar45
FLRBM
171
22Mar45
FL
172
23Mar45
FL
173
24Mar45
FLR
174
28Mar45
FL
175
30Mar45
FL
176
31Mar45
FL
177
03Apr45
FL
178
04Apr45
FL
179
05Apr45
FL
180
07Apr45
FL
181
08Apr45
FL
182
09Apr45
FL
183
10Apr45
FL
184
11Apr45
FL
185
14Apr45
FL
186
15Apr45
FL
187
16Apr45
FL
188
17Apr45
FL
189
19Apr45
FL
190
20Apr45
FL
191
21APR45
FL
Victory tour 1                

Mission Summaries:

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