Sun. 6/28 & Mon. 6/29/42
HOME BASE Fayid, Egypt
TARGET Tobruk, Libya
COMBAT FLYING HOURS (this mission) 6:40 total tour 32:00
BRIEFING 1800 (6/28) TAKE OFF 2215 (6/28) LANDING 0455 (6/29)
CREW Lt. T. D. Brown PLANE NO. 17
BOMB LOAD 9-500 lb TARGET TIME 0150 (6/29) BOMBING ALT. 21000'
NO. of PLANES 11 of our B-24's and 8 British Libs
BOMBING RESULTS made 5 runs over the target ... saw bombs hit dock area.
ENEMY ACTION moderate anti-aircraft fire. On last run over the target, an ME-109 attacked us from behind and above(out of a bright moon). He fired and missed ... and so did we .... one pass-swoosh! and he was gone. It was our first experience with German night fighters ... and my first mission in the upper turret over target.
OTHER REMARKS Heard later that a British Lib was badly shot up-two of the crew were killed .... guess we were lucky. On the way to the target, we could see the enemy bombing Mersa Matruh.