SPECIAL NARATIVE REPORT No. 220
MISSION: VIENNA/FLORISDORF Oil Refinery
DATE: 12 March 1945
40 B-24’s took off to bomb the VI2NA/FL0RIa 3DCRF Oil Refinery at 0840 to 0905 hours. 2 returned early both returning their bombs to base. 38 dropped 75.5 tons of 500 lb RDX bombs on target at 1305 hours from 24,000′ to 25,000′. 38 returned to base at 1605 hrs. None lost, missing, or at friendly fields.
II. ROUTE AND ASSAULT
This group executed a remote rendezvous over CAZZA at 1023 hrs at 13.000′, departing there from behind the 450th Group as second group in the Wing. From this point the briefed couse was followed with little deviation to the IP HOFLEIN (4845 N 1622E) over which the formation arrived at 1240 hours at 25,000′. An attack by PFF was made on the target on an axis of 180°. A right rally brought the formation to HAINFELD (4803 N – 1547 E) from which the formation followed its briefed course to base.
Scattered low clouds over south Italy increased to overcast over the Adriatic. From the Dinaric Alps northward there was low overcast decreasing over the lowlands. Over the target there was 6/10 middle clouds to 16,000′ with 2/10 low clouds. Cloud cover completely obscured the target for visual bombing methods.
36 -51’s were sighted as escort at (4736 N 1430 E) at 1221 hrs at 22,000’. They were last seen at 1420 hrs at (4455 N 1510 E). Escort was evaluated as good.
Impossible to observe results due to undercast. Mickey operators believe runs good with target showing well in scopes.
IV. ENEMY RESISTANCE
A. Fighters: None.
B. Flak –at target was I-I-H.
None lost, 1 damaged from flak (minor) , no casualties, no victories.