25 B-24’s took off at 0550 to bomb SZOINOK M/Y at SZOINOK, Hungary. None returned early. 25 a/c were over target at 0942 hours, 22 of which dropped 52 tons of 500 lb GP (.1 and .o1 fusing) bombs on target from 20,000 to 21,700 feet. 3 a/c of the 22 dropping on target jettisoned 3 tons of bombs hung up by malfunctions. 3 others jettisoned 7.5 tons on the return route. 25 returned to base at 1215 hours. None lost. None missing. None at friendly fields. 22 effective sorties.
ROUTE AND ASSAULT
Rendezvoused on MANDURIA – SAN VITO line at 0650 hours at 7,000 feet. The route then proceeded to KP VRBOUSKA (4312N – 1641E) at 0800 hours at 13,000 feet, to DOMBOVAR (4623N – 1808E) at 0915 hours; to MONOR (4721N – 1926E); to IP TAPTO SZELE (4720N – 1952E) at 21,000 feet; to target at 0942 on an axis of 128 degrees true. The rally was right and the formation passed over Lake LUDAS (4605N – 1950E); to RAGUSA (4231N – 1821E) to base. There was no escort.
The bomb strike photos show the target was well hit with a compact pattern of bursts. There were several large fires, explosion and black smoke. There was 10/10 high clouds above the formation over target with visibility limited to 4 miles by heavy haze.
Flak: S-I-H flak was experienced for 3 – 3 minutes.
Total Losses: None. Damage: None. Casualties: None. Victories: None.