DescriptionMISSION #144, Ruhland (Frantic-Russia) June 21, 1944.
All heavy bombers of the 8th Air Force attacked Berlin except the two Combat Wings to hit the Synthetic Oil Refinery at Ruhland South of Berlin. These were to fly on to Russia. The 388th furnished an A Group plus the low and high squadrons of a Composite Group, led by the 452nd BG. Our A Group led the 45th Combat Wing and the Composite Group was low Group in the 13th B Combat Wing. The two Combat Wings, plus an escort of P-51's, after attacking the Target; continued on across Germany and Poland to land at bases in Russia. This was the first shuttle raid from England.
21 A/C plus 2 PFF A/C were airborne by 0545 hours. 8 A/C of the Composite Group were airborne by 0525 hours. 2 A/C of the A Group returned as spares and 1 A/C of the Composite Group, Lt. Gauthier, aborted with a runaway prop on #1 engine.
Formations were effected without difficulty and the Combat Wings proceeded to the Target as briefed. Weather over the Target was CAVU. Bombs were away at 1030 hours from 20,000 feet and the Composite Group at 1043 hours from 19,000 feet. Strike photos show a "shack".
Meager flak was encountered over the Target, Brandenburg and Warsaw. Moderate flak was encountered at Cuxhaven and Biala Podlaska, Poland. Our escort broke up the attack of enemy a/c in the vicinity of Biala Podlaska.
All of our A/C landed at the assigned Easter Command Base except one which landed at Kiev. Flight time on this mission was 11 hours 40 minutes.
From The 388th At War by Ed Huntzinger