B-17G " Salvo Sadie " 42-31496 612th
21 Jun 1944 Mission # 96 Target: Berlin, Germany
21 Jun 1944 , 04:10 engines are on.
43 aircraft were airborne by 05:21 , mission #96 , target today is a aircraft plant and other facililies.
This was a massive attack on Berlin by 1,234 bombers and an equal number of fighters of the 8th Air Force.
Strike photos showed excellent results, many explosions, fire and smoke were reported in the entire Berlin area.
Flak was accurate and moderate to intense, and the Luftwaffe was active in the area.
One of the aircraft shot down was the 401st's B-17 No. 42-31496, piloted by Lt. J. Atherton
Shot down by fighters but succeeded in making a force-landing.
Sergeants Burg, Gray, Smith, and Cox bailed out and landed safely.
The other crew members stayed with the aircraft.
Missing Air Crew Report : 6000
1. Organization : AAF Sta 128.
Charles C. Davis Jr. 2nd Lt. 0-761803 612 th
- Seemed to go over to join another formation.
To the left of this A/C and in a S.W. direction on heading of approximately 210 degrees.
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