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Mission No. 4
748th Bomb Squadron
457th Bomb Group
748th Bomb Squadron

Mission Narrative

Mission No. 4
Date - February 25, 1944
Target - Augsburg
Plane s/n 42-31517 was piloted on this mission to Augsburg by Lt James R. Chinn. His plane was hit by flack over France and he had to leave the formation. He salvoed his bombs but was still not able to rejoin the formation and was attacked and shot down by fighter aircraft over Mont St Martin, France. Seven of his crew were killed, one evaded and two were captured and became POW's.

James R. Chinn Crew

The crew on this mission was as follows:
     Plane s/n 42-31517     
Pilot Lt James R. Chinn   KIA  
Copilot Lt Robert F. Cooper   KIA  
Lt Frank McNichol    EVD
Lt John C. Vollmuth    EVD
Aircraft Engineer
Sgt Vite Peragine   POW
Radio Operator Sgt Robert J. Mullins   KIA  
Left Waist Gunner Sgt Marrion D Ross   KIA  
Right Waist Gunner Sgt William Sullivan, Jr   KIA  
Ball Turret Gunner Sgt Dillard V. Engdahl   KIA  
Tail Gunner Sgt Jeremiah B. Rolison   KIA  
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