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Mission No. 4
457th Bomb Group '749th Bomb Squadron
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Mission Narrative

Mission No. 4
Date - February 25, 1944
Target - Augsburg
On this mission the 457th put up 27 aircraft and were led by Col Luper to a target at Augsburg. The target was an aircraft manufacturing plant making the Me 210 jet planes. The opposition was heavy and the group was under fighter attack most of the way. The group had two planes shot down by enemy fighters and one that crash landed back in England (s/n 42-97458). Twenty three of the twenty four planes completing the mission had battle damage.
Plane s/n 42-97457, piloted by Lt Archie Bower, was hit by flack over the target and dropped out of formation. The plane was then attacked by fighters and crashed near Birkweiler, Germany. Six members of the crew were killed and four became POW's

......... Crew

The crew was as follows:
     Plane s/n 42-97457     
Pilot Lt Archie F. Bowers, Jr   POW
CopilotLt William R. Baxendale   KIA  
NavigatorLt Lee E. Hoskins   KIA  
BombardierLt Richard W. Cooke   POW
Aircraft EngineerSgt Frank S. Giodano   POW
Radio OperatorSgt Joseph M. Snyder   KIA  
Left Waist GunnerSgt Jesse J. Hirschberg   KIA  
Right Waist GunnerSgt John J. Waskovich   POW
Ball Turret GunnerSgt John W. Popowitz   KIA  
Tail GunnerSgt Wesley W. Schneider, Jr  KIA  
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