B-17G " Also ran , Still running " 42-39820 614th
11 April 1944 Mission # 49 Target: Politz, Sorau , Germany
April 11, 1944 , 06:50 engines are on , 32 aircraft were airborne by 07:55
target today is a synthetic oil refinery at Politz , Sorau.
The primary target for this mission was the FW 190 assembly plant at Sorau, southeast of Berlin.
However, because the primary target was obscured by clouds, the Group bombed the secondary target,
the large synthetic oil refinery at Politz, just north of Stettin. Enroute to the target the Group encountered terrific flak,
during which three aircraft were lost..
Including the B-17's piloted by Lt. Samuel P. Wilson
Missing Air Crew Report : 4015
1. Organization : AAF Sta 128.
Alfred LeSage S/Sgt 13068963 614 th
- Lt Wilson ship was last seen at 10:54 whem no. 2 engine was hit by flak.
It pulled out of formation and was seen to salve his bombs.
Its inboard engine was feathered , but was under control when it turned away.
Mission to Politz, Poland, after being hit by flak, the plane had no 2 engine on fire.
They crashed near Steinhagen, Germany.
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