B-17G 42-107207 614th
30 May 1944 Mission # 79 Target: Oscherslaben
30 may 1944 , 06:55 engines are on.
18 aircraft were airborne by 07:42 , mission #79 , target today is the Focke Wolf Aircraft Assembly Plant.
The Group provided the Lead Box of the 94th Combat Wing. Lead Bombardier was Lt. Durward E. Fesmire.
Some flak was encountered but the principal opposition came from between 40 and 60 German fighters,
which attacked as the Group left the target area.
This resulted in the loss of two 401st aircraft and crews, those of Lt. Carleton L. Wilson (42-97440 "Flak Rat II"),
and Lt. Alpheus L. Kilmer (42-107207).
Missing Air Crew Report : 5304
1. Organization : AAF Sta 128.
George L. La Fevor 2nd Lt. 0-752001 614 th
Charles K. Fidler S/Sgt. 13108273 614 th
Russell E. Bilyeu Sgt. 16122333 614 th
- On this operation we were flying low Squadron and only the low Squadron was hit by enemy fighters.
The plane was hit by single engine fighters about 11:10, just after target.
The plane flipped over on its back and went into a flat spin.
Six chutes were seen to come out before it crashed into the ground and exploded.
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