In England at 2115, four twin-engine German intruder aircraft, probably Ju-88s, attacked Wendling Air Field, Station 118. The attacking aircraft made three low-level passes dropping fragmentation bombs and firing 200 to 300 rounds of 20 mm ammunition. Only person was injured during the attack, and then, just slightly. Seven B-24s belonging to the 577th Bombardment Squadron (H) and one belonging to the 576th were damaged.
The 577th Bombardment Squadron (H), Kenneth E. Cline’s squadron, took a heavy beating with its dispersal area taking the brunt of the attack. B-24 #151 was seriously damaged and B-24s #390 and #040 were reduced almost to salvage. B-24s #901 and #238 were also damaged during the attack. Two others were also damaged, but less severely.
A gasoline truck was slightly damaged and 14 bomb bay gasoline tanks caught fire and were burned out.1
Ken missed all the excitement. He was in London on a four-day pass when the attack occurred.
Notes & Commentary
1 392th Bombardment Group (H) History, March 1945, Headquarters 392th Bombardment Group (H), 8 April 1945, microfilm B0445, Maxwell AFB, AL: Air Force Historical Research Agency, 1973, frames 1820 & 1833.