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Mission No. 3
750th Bomb Squadron
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Mission Narrative

Mission No. 3
Date - February 24, 1944
Target - Schweinfurt
The 457th put up only eighteen planes for this mission. The target was the ball bearing plant that had been bombed several times before. The group encountered both heavy flak and fighters. The eighth lost a total of 49 planes on this mission and the 457th lost one.
On this mission to Schweinfurt, one plane was lost. Plane s/n 42-38060 was hit by flak over the target. The plane, piloted by Lt. Max Morrow, lost two engines. Sgt Italo Stella was killed in the air by shrapnel that pierced his flak vest and Lt McIntyre was badly wounded. Lt Morrow decided to crash land his plane in Germany to get aid for the wounded. They crash landed the plane and and were taken prisoner. Lt McIntyre later died of his wounds.

......... Crew

The crew was as follows:
     Plane s/n 42-38060     
PilotLt Max R. Morrow   POW
CopilotLt Thomas G. Davis   POW
NavigatorLt Daren A. McIntyre   KIA  
BombardierLt Robert G. Horn   POW
Aircraft EngineerSgt George B. Lee   POW
Radio OperatorSgt David E. Wallace   POW
Left Waist GunnerSgt Everett M. Tyler   POW
Right Waist GunnerSgt Bernard E. Harris   POW
Ball Turret GunnerSgt Italo Stella   KIA  
Tail GunnerSgt Merton R. Cattanach  POW
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