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Mission No. 120
457th Bomb Group '749th Bomb Squadron
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Mission Narrative

Mission No. 120
Date - September 10, 1944
Target - Gaggenau - Cr in France
On this, the groups 120th mission, the target was Geggenau, Germany. The 457th put up 36 planes. Over the continent, two planes of the 457th collided. One of the planes, s/n 42-97456, was cut in half and spun on down and crashed. The other plane s/n 42-97451 was very badly damaged and turned back and landed at the base. Two of the crew of this plane bailed out over the continent in friendly terrority and returned to Glatton. On the return route, one plane, s/n 42-32086, flown by Lt Loren G. Hampton, crash landed in France in friendly terrority. One crew of plane, s/n 44-8032, had two engines shot out with one afire. The pilot gave the bailout signal and he and some officers in the front of the plane bailed out. The bailout signal was not working and the men in the rear of the plane did not hear it. The crew Engineer, Sgt David Foltz, took the controls of the plane and flew the plane for an hour and a half till they were over friendly terrority. The rest of the crew then bailed out and were later returned to Glatton. Sgt Foltz received the Silver Star and the Purple Heart for his heroic deeds and his injuries.
Plane s/n 42-32086, named "You Never Know," and piloted by Lt Hampton, was hit by flak over the target. Two of the gunners, Sgt Pipcock and Seeber, thinking the plane was doomed,went out through the still open doors of the bomb bay. Lt Hampton regained control of the plane and flew it back as far as Joigny, France where they made a wheels up landing and all survived. While flying at low altitude with only one good engine, enemy soldiers on the ground were shooting at the plane and added damage to the already wounded plane and hit the navigator and broke his leg.

......... Crew

The crew was as follows:
     Plane s/n 42-32086     
PilotLt Loren G. Hampton   POW
Copilotlt Orville K. Hocker   POW
NavigatorLt Robert E. Mattox   POW
BombardierLt Andrew R. Friesen   POW
Aircraft EngineerSgt Maurice A. Diehl   POW
Radio OperatorSgt Russell G. Karl   POW
Left Waist GunnerSgt Michael Pipock - POW   POW
Ball Turret GunnerSgt Thomas v. Farrell   POW
Tail GunnerSgt Glenn E. Seeber -   POW
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