21 February 1945
Target: Vienna South Station Area, Austria
Another target in the concentrated Southeast section of Vienna
was missed by the pathfinder methods on 21 February. The target was the South
Station Area, but the bombs fell beyond the target near the banks of the Danube
River. Intense haze interfered with correct target identification.
Seven of the planes in the first section were hard hit by flak and three of them failed to return to Base.The three planes lost were flown by the Group leader, Major Robert K. Baker, 1st Lt. Clarence P. Marshall, and 2nd Lt. Josiah R. Hooper. All three of these planes headed for safe territory east of the Russian bomb line. One wounded man aboard another plane was returned to Base.
Major Baker became the second Squadron Commander in the history of the Group to become missing in action.
The deputy lead position in the formation was flown by Major Poole. This was his fourth consecutive mission to Vienna.