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Mission No. 98
748th Bomb Squadron
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Mission Narrative

Mission No. 98
Date - July 31, 1944
Target - Munich
This was another mission to Munich in the month of July. This time the target was the BMW Aero Engine Works. The 457th put up 36 planes and formed the entire 94th Wing. At the target there was a dense overcast and bombing was done by PFF. Anti-aircraft fire was heavy and accurate on the low box and plane s/n 42-97087 took a direct hit by flak and the right wing broke off. The plane spun down and exploded. Bombing results were unobserved.
Plane s/n 42-97087, named "Tujunga," and piloted by Lt Byron S. Schiffman took a direct hit by flak in the target area. Engine #1 caught fire and the planes wing broke off. The plane spiraled down and exploded.

......... Crew

The crew was as follows:
     Plane s/n 42-97087     
PilotLt Byron S. Schiffman   POW
CopilotF/O William L. Barton -   POW
NavigatorF/O Irving J. Cohen   POW
BombardierF/O Finn Firing   KIA  
Aircraft EngineerSgt Joseph R. Westwood   KIA  
Radio OperatorSgt Nathaniel Mostow   KIA  
Left Waist GunnerSgt John R. Wilkerson   KIA  
Right Waist GunnerSgt Aflred Kunz   KIA  
Ball Turret GunnerSgt Welbur L. Epley   KIA  
Tail GunnerSgt Vernon A. Nelson   KIA  
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