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Mission No. 53
748th Bomb Squadron
457th Bomb Group 748th Bomb Squadron
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Mission Narrative

Mission No. 53
Date - May 28, 1944
Target - Dessau
The 457th put up only16 aircraft which led the 94th Wing on this mission to Dessau. The Luftwaffe put up over 450 fighters on this date and shot down 32 bombers. The target was manufacturing facilities of the Junkers Aircraft Co. This was the second mission in two days to feel the attack of the Luftwaffe's ME-109's. The group lost three of the sixteen planes to an attack by 50 or 60 fighters. The lead aircraft, with Air Commander Major George C. Hozier, lost an engine in the fighter attack but maintained the lead until bombs were dropped. For his action on this mission he received the Silver Star. The planes lost were Lt clyde Knipfer s/n 42-31520, Lt Rudolph Stohl s/n 42-97067, and Lt Emanuel Hauf s/n 42-97452.
Plane s/n 42-97067, named "Black Puff Polly" and piloted by Lt Rudolph M. Stohl, was hit by ME-109's. With two engines out and flames coming from the third, Stohl gave the order to bail out. One member of the crew was killed by a burst of 20 mm shells. The rest of the crew were captured and became POW's.

......... Crew

The crew was as follows:
     Plane s/n 42-97067     
PilotLt Rudolph M. Stohl   POW
CopilotLt David W. Schellenger   POW
NavigatorLt John D. Millham   POW
BombardierLt James E. Thomas   POW
Aircraft EngineerSgt Robert C. Kreite   POW
Radio OperatorSgt Walter W. Wagoner  KIA  
Left Waist GunnerSgt Irwin A. Welling   POW
Right Waist GunnerSgt William F. Bemis   POW
Ball Turret GunnerSgt Sheldon E. Moore   POW
Tail GunnerSgt Charles L. Stewart   POW
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