B-17G " Badland Bat " 42-31521 615th
29 April 1944 Mission # 60 Target: Berlin
29 April 1944 , 06:40 engines are on.
21 aircraft were airborne by 07:30 , mission #60 , target today are Railroad marshalling yards in Berlin.
The 401st was part of a force of over 1,000 heavy bombers which dropped over 2,000 tons of bombs on Berlin
in the largest daytime blow ever struck at the Reich.
While the 401st did not encounter any enemy fighters , flak over the target was extremely heavy and accurate.
As a result the 401st lost three aircraft and crews, those piloted by Lt. Donald E. Butterworth (42-31226),
Capt. George Gould (42-31521) and Lt. J. H. Singleton (42-31116).
Missing Air Crew Report : 4346
1. Organization : AAF Sta 128.
Frank P. Fraioli 1st Lt 0-683234 ??? th
- After being apparantly hit by flak, A/C feathered # 3 engine.
A/C dropped behind , trying to salvo turret.
Pilot then asked for fighter support and said that he was going to try to make it back.
Turned off with 2 feathered engines.
Mission to Berlin, Germany, Hit by flak, A/C feathered # 3 engine and dropped behind.
Crashed near Gifhorn, Germany
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