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Mission No. 29
751st Bomb Squadron
457th Bomb Group 751st Bomb Squadron
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Mission Narrative

Mission No. 29
Date - April 20, 1944
Target - Gorenflos
This was an afternoon mission to bomb V-1 flying bomb sites along the French coast near Gorenflos, France. This was the first mission that the 457th used a 12 plane V formation for each Squadron. The mission to bomb 'flying bomb' sites were called "No Balls". Bombing results were excellent. The flak was moderate but accurate. On the bomb run one plane s/n 42-97137, named "Silver Queen," and piloted by Lt Walter S. Milne, took a direct hit and exploded in mid air. No parachutes were ovserved.
Plane s/n 42-97137, named "Silver Queen," and piloted by Lt Walter S. Milne, took a direct hit from flak in the radio room. The plane broke in half and part of the plane exploded. It was seen spiraling down in two pieces and no parachutes were observed. Some airmen in the nose section were seen to fall from the plane but parachutes did not open. There were only two survivors who parachuted safely.

......... Crew

The crew was as follows:
     Plane s/n 42-97137     
PilotLt Walter S. Milne   KIA  
CopilotLt Robert E. Ensminger   KIA  
NavigatorLt John D. English   KIA  
BombardierLt Edward C. Cannon   KIA  
Aircraft EngineerSgt Jerome A. Folgeman   POW
Radio OperatorSgt Lyle W. Johnson   KIA  
Left Waist GunnerSgt Alton A. Schaffner   KIA  
Right Waist GunnerSgt Ralph L. Haldiman   KIA  
Ball Turret GunnerSgt Helner Beck   KIA  
Tail GunnerLt. Carl E. Gamblin --------------POW   POW
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