B-17G "Dry Run" 42-37843 615th
14 June 1944 Mission #90 Target: Le bourget, France
14 June 44 , all 60 aircraft were airborne by 05:17.
60 planes are off on mission #90.
Target today is the airfield at Le Bourget,France.
For the 401st Bomb Group, this was the most important mission to date.
The Group put up 60 aircraft--by far the most for any one mission.
Flak at the target was moderate and accurate, and the Group was also attacked by two German Me-109's just before
reaching the target, resulting in the loss of Lt. Russell H. Schroeder and his crew, flying "Dry Run" (42-37843).
The German fighters were immediately bounced and shot down by U.S. fighter aircraft.
Missing Air Crew Report : 5801
1. Organization : AAF Sta 128.
Post, Edwin A. S/Sgt. 31203844
Robideaux, Jay W. S/Sgt. 31203844
- 4 to 8 190's came in from 12 to 2 o'clock low and appeared to concentrate on A/C 7843.
His right horizontal stabilizer was shot off and the other appeared useless.
A/C pulled up in about 70 degrees climb and climbed 100 - 125 yards above formation, stalled and fell off on right
wing and went into vertical dive with very low spin.
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