B-17G " Command Performance " 42-31508 613th
13 April 1944 Mission # 50 Target: Schweinfurt , Germany
13 April 1944 , 09:50 engines are on.
22 aircraft on mission #50 , target today is Ball bearing plant in Schweinfurt , Germany.
Enemy fighters were agressive and persistent, with as many as 150 to 200 encountered during the mission,
and some coming as close as 75 yards.
Flak was heavy as well. Clouds over the target made observations of strike results impossible.
The 401st lost two aircraft on this mission
Missing Air Crew Report : 3938
1. Organization : AAF Sta 128.
Harold H. Domm S/Sgt. 18176517 613 th
Clark G. Merrill S/Sgt. 13098643 613 th
Frank G. DeWitt S/Sgt. 19064865 613 th
- 14:00 , Fighters set A/C # 2 engine afire.
Then 10 minutes later still smoking he was hit by single Me 190 which started bad fire in gas tanks.
8 ( possibly 10 ) came out just before A/C went into dive and exploded.
Mission to Schweinfurt, Germany, hit by single Me 190 which started bad fire in gas tanks.
Crashed near Keilberg, Germany
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