1. 27th February 1945 (Mission 132) AC 43-38987, Herbert Vick, 7th Squadron, Paul Gustafson written in on Bombardier line even though no navigator shown and another enlisted man listed as togglier.
Leipzig: PFF. Results unobserved. Flew with Vick, 1400 miles, 10 hours. Unexpectedly light flak, inaccurate. Thru France, back same way.
2. 1st March 1945 (Mission 133) AC 44-6465 (Fancy Nancy), Don McCutchan, 7th Squadron
Ulm: PFF. First for our crew. 1200 miles, 9 hours. Light, inaccurate flak. Thru France, across lines near Strasbourg, visual there. Saw Swiss Alps.
3. 3rd March 1945 (Mission 135) AC 44-6465 (Fancy Nancy), Don McCutchan, 7th Squadron
Bielefeld: PFF. Visual at primary (patchy clouds). Dedenhausen, oil. No bombs. No flak. Thru Dutch corridor. 8 hrs. 1150 miles.
4. 10th March 1945 (Mission 139) AC 44-6465 (Fancy Nancy), Don McCutchan, 7th Squadron
Soest. PFF, as with first 3 Marshalling yards. Near Dortmund. 900 miles 7 1/2 hours. Dutch corridor. France part. Light inaccurate flak.
5. 11th March 1945 (Mission 140) AC 43-38367 (Gotta Haver), Don McCutchan, 7th Squadron
Hamburg. PFF-North Sea in, Dutch corridor out. Moderate to heavy inaccurate flak. Oil fire as hit target in dock area. 1000 miles 71/2 hours.
6. 12th March 1945 (Mission 141) AC 44-6465 (Fancy Nancy), Don McCutchan, 7th Squadron
Sweinmunde. Longest trip 1415 miles. North Sea across between Flensburg & Kiel, over Danish Islands (25 from Sweden). Above area visual. Target no. Hits in dock area, much smoke. Meager inaccurate flak. 1400 miles 10 1/2 hrs.
7. 14th March 1945 (Mission 142) AC 44-6465 (Fancy Nancy), Don McCutchan, 7th Squadron
Misburg (near Hannover) oil target. PFF thru haze. Hardesty (ball turret) says bombs fell just short of target in town. Moderate, accurate flak. Hit James' windshield. In France, out Dutch, 1150 miles 8hrs.
8. 15th March 1945 (Mission 143) AC 44-6465 (Fancy Nancy), Don McCutchan, 7th Squadron
Oranienburg (20 mile Berlin) Marshalling yards, few hits. PFF thru haze. Light flak. Unexpected flak light accurate at Wittenburg. Dutch corridor in and out. 1350 miles 9 hours.
9. 17th March 1945 (Mission 144) AC 44-6465 (Fancy Nancy), Don McCutchan, 7th Squadron
Bitterfeld. Unexpected bad weather -53 degrees, clouds to 27,000. 7th Sq. lost-43 miles S. of cross across France. Toured alone. Little flak 1300 miles 10 hrs. PFF. Marshalling yards.
10. 19th March 1945 (Mission 146) AC 43-38410 (The Sex Maniacs), Harry E.O'Grady, 4th Squadron, flew in Deputy Lead Position
Jena-(Luftenbut (sp?) flak batteries primary-oil area) PFF & visual-heavy haze. Bomb long in town past Ziess Optical Works. Flew on O'Grady's last mission. Moderate, accurate, hole above bombardierís shoulder. 6 inches x 4 inches long. In and out France. Assembled France-Saw St. Lo area. Aachen area 1200 miles 9 hours. Waelcleven (sp?) area.
11. 21st March 1945 (Mission 148) AC 43-39179 (Shaky), Don McCutchan, 7th Squadron
Marx. Jet airfield (near Wilhelmshaven) 21 March. In North Sea out Dutch corridor. Beautiful visibility, hit square, no flak, no fighters 700 miles 7 hours.
12. 22nd March 1945 (Mission 149) AC 44-8309 (Ol' Buddy), Don McCutchan, 7th Squadron
Ratingen (5 mi north of Dusseldorf) 22 March. Hit troop and material concentrations five miles from Rhine-present battle line. Excellent results, good visibility. Thru Belgium, accurate meager flak. 650 miles 5 hours.
13. 24th March 1945 (Mission 151) AC 43-38280 (Missbehaven Raven), Don McCutchan, 7th Squadron
Zwischenahn Lake airfield, 24th March, in and out Holland, little inaccurate flak at coast out. Good visibility, excellent results. 700 miles 5 hours.
Recall 25th March- (a) Plane explodes just off runway
14. 30th March 1945 (Mission 154) AC 43-38280 (Missbehaven Raven), Don McCutchan, 7th Squadron
Hamburg , oil, 30 March, in Holland out North Sea. Heavy, accurate flak. 7-8 tenths cumulus-results fair. Flak hole 12" x 8" in left wing just back of No. 1 engine. 750 miles, 7 hours.
15. 31st March 1945 (Mission 155) AC 44-6465 (Fancy Nancy), Don McCutchan, 7th Squadron
Brandenburg, 31 March, thru France (Cologne) back out Holland. PFF results unobserved. A mess, no compass. Flak unintelligible. 1100 miles 8 hours.
16. 3rd April 1945 (Mission 156) AC 44-6465 (Fancy Nancy), Don McCutchan, 7th Squadron
Kiel, 3 April, North Sea route, PFF results unobserved. 900 miles 7 1/2 hrs. Weather was messy-clouds to 25,000 in places. Harbor.
17. 4th April 1945 (Mission 157) AC 43-38286 (Flying Dutchmen), Don McCutchan, 7th Squadron
Kiel, 4 April, harbor, PFF but better weather 8 hrs. 900 miles
18. 5th April 1945 (Mission 158) AC 43-38286 (Flying Dutchmen), Don McCutchan, 7th Squadron
Unterschlauersbach ( 10 miles W of Nurnburg) 5 April, jet airfield shocked by our 2 ship formation. Very bad weather, 25,000 ft clouds, dense persistent contrails, assembly impossible. Back over Belgium at 800 ft 7 1/2 hrs , 900 miles.
19. 7th April 1945 (Mission 159) AC 43-38286 (Flying Dutchmen), Don McCutchan, 7th Squadron
Gustrow, 7 April, ordnance depot, up 0130, off 0900 back 1830 a long day. Actual time 8:15, 1100 miles, 15,000 ft, hit target very nicely, hit by Me 109 near Hannover. Saw 3 B 17s go down. Saw P-51s get two of the 109s
8th April 1945 (Mission 160) AC 43-38286 (Flying Dutchmen), Don McCutchan, 7th Squadron
Abortion, 8th April, going to Grafenwohr near Nurnburg, ordance depot. Official report- # 1 engine
20. 9th April 1945 (Mission 161) AC 43-38286 (Flying Dutchmen), Don McCutchan, 7th Squadron
Schlissheim (7 miles north Munich) Airfield April 9. Belgium, France beautiful Alps. CAVU ('clear and view unobstructed') shocked it. 8:30, 1100 miles. Hit by 6-262s. Light Flak.
21. 10th April 1945 (Mission 162) AC 43-38286 (Flying Dutchmen), Don McCutchan, 7th Squadron
Stendal, April 10, Marshalling yard. Were to hit Neuruppin Air Field but lead Sq cut us out on bomb run. Stendal 3 priority. Very accurate tracking flak. 15 holes in ship, big one thru waist near Pancho. Guinn in tail got flak on chest and hand, spent as went thru ammunition chute. Near riot on interphone. 7 1/2 hours 1050 miles.
22. 11th April 1945 (Mission 163) AC 44-8309 (Ol' Buddy), Don McCutchan, 7th Squadron
Treuchtlingen, April 11, Marshalling yards, 22 miles SSW Nurnburg Beautiful weather, visibility. Over Brussels, the Moselles. Rhine near Mannheim. Again, results poor to fair, 1000 miles 7 1/2 hrs
April 12. A scrub as on the first. What with two practice missions, April 2, 6, accounts for everyday since our last pass March 27-29. In fact since going operational very few days I canít now account for. In March 15 missions, 4 practice missions, 2 scrubs, a recall, a slow time, 6 days on pass, one day off when recalled from pass.
May 1, Sqdr on run to Rotterdam (beginning May 1 and ending May 5, there were food drop missions to starving civilians and German troops in Holland}
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