Mission Journal

“A few of our missions were relatively easy, with no fighters, not much flak or ground fire, and no damages to speak of. On other missions we paid a heavy price. I’ve recorded all of this on my WWII Mission Journal pages. They are very brief accounts of a lot of action. They also form a kind of memorial for each of the men lost on those missions. I have not forgotten any of them. They each paid the ultimate price. I didn’t have to pay that price. I was so very, very fortunate.” —Robert Boecking

Missions 10 & 11, Osnabrück & Cologne

Author’s Note: All together the 379 BG flew 330 missions from Kimbolton with 141 planes lost. [reference] In his Journal, Robert relates that of the five crews who left Dyersburg, Tennessee, and who flew their missions out of Kimbolton, one blew up over the target, a second crew were safe after bailing out of their burning ship, the third blew up with their ship over the target, a fourth crew had to ditch their plane at sea, and a few survived to become POWs. The fifth crew (Robert’s) suffered some casualties and their plane was damaged a few times. Fortunately they were always able to make it back to base. Like he said to me, Robert was very fortunate.