B-17G 42-38136 615th
6 March 1944 Mission # 32 Target: Berlin , Templin
6 march 1944 , 07:45 , engines are on.
24 operational aircraft took off by 08:39, mission 32 , Target Ball bearing Works , Berlin , Templin
The 401st formed the lead box of the 94th Combat Wing. Several aircraft aborted, and several more returned early
because of mechanical difficulties. The primary target was Erkner, outside Berlin, but because of bad weather the Group
bombed Templin, northeast of Berlin. Numerous enemy attacks by from 60 to 150 enemy aircraft occurred from the target
area all the way home.
Lt. Claude M. Kolb and his crew, flying 42-38136, were lost in action.
Missing Air Crew Report : 2743
1. Organization : AAF Sta 128.
William J. Kelley 1st Lt. O-802205 612 th
George R. Van Dyke 2nd Lt. O-683350 612 th
John B. Garity S/Sgt. 16155719 612 th
- Aircraft was attacked by ME 210's.
It fell behind and dove straight down 2000-3000 feet and then exploded.
One chute was definitely indentified by tail gunner and there may have been one or two.
Mission to Templin, Germany, Aircraft was attacked by ME 210's.
Chrashed in a forrest near Biesow, Germany.
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