B-17G 42-39979 612th
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. F. O. Kuhl and his crew
Missing Air Crew Report : 4018
1. Organization : AAF Sta 128.
Percy J. Stengel T/Sgt 36276698 612 th
Morris W. Johnson T/Sgt 35494817 612 th
- While traversing a flak area A/C peeled out of formation to the left and turned back towards England.
Gas was seen coming out of right wing.
A/C was under control when last seen.
Mission to Politz, Poland, after being hit by flak, the plane had no 2 engine on fire.
They turned back to England but crashed near Vechta, Germany.
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