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Mission No. 179
751st Bomb Squadron
457th Bomb Group 751st Bomb Squadron
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Mission Narrative

Mission No. 179
Date - January 28, 1945
Target - Cologne
On this date the 457th was assigned a target of bombing the marshalling yards in Cologne, Germany. The group put up 36 planes and the flight to the target was routine. The target was covered with 10/10th's cloud cover and bombing was done by G-H equipment. Results were unobserved. One plane, s/n 42-97164, feathered one of it's engines and left the formation and was not seen again. The plane crashed in Germany.
Plane s/n 42 97164, named "Rebel Queen," and piloted by Lt William P. Boyes, Jr., left the formation after dropping his bombs. He left the target at Cologne and feathered #2 engine, then lost #3 and #4 engine and was not seen again. Two of the crew were killed, seven were POW's. Pilot Boyes reports that no one on the crew was injured in the air and all bailed out and landed safely. While hiding the first half hour after landing, Boyes states that he heard gunshots nearby and suspects that that is what ended the life of two of his crew.

......... Crew


The crew was as follows:
     Plane s/n 42-97164a     
PilotLt Wallace F. Boyes, Jr.   POW
CopilotLt Elmer W Felgenhauer   KIA  
NavigatorLt Kenneth J. Furst   POW
BombardierLt Merritt D. Turner   KIA  
Aircraft Engineersgt Francis J. Horan   POW
Radio OperatorSgt Abraham Feldman   POW
Left Waist GunnerSgt Frank Trapani III   POW
Ball Turret GunnerSgt Roy S. Duitman   POW
Tail GunnerSgt Robert A. Dilley  POW
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