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Mission No. 128
457th Bomb Group '749th Bomb Squadron
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Mission Narrative

Mission No. 128
Date - September 28, 1944
Target - Magdeberg
This mission to Magdeberg turned out to be one of the worst mission for the 457th since it began flying. Six crews were lost. The Group put up 36 planes and their target was to be the Krupp machine shops at Magdeberg where anti-aircraft guns and tanks were made. Just before reaching the IP the group was attacked by 25 to 50 ME-109's and FW-190's. The fighters attacked from 4 oclock and 9 o'clock low and hit hardest at the rear of the formation. Five planes were lost to fighters: s/n 43-37518, s/n 43-38181, s/n 43-38026, S/N 43-37834 and 42-97470. One other plane s/n 42-102948 was lost to flak at the target. Bombing was by PFF and the results were unobserved. P-51's arrived to drive off the attacking planes after the damage was done. Three other planes received major damage and twelve received minor damage from flak and fighters.
Plane s/n 42-102948, named "The Denver Bandit," and piloted by Lt Keylon W. Clarke, survived a devestating fighter attack on the bomb run only to be hit by flak over the target. The flak hit knocked out engines #2 and #3 and the plane left the formation. It dove down and leveled off at 5000 feet where it exploded.

......... Crew

The crew was as follows:
     Plane s/n 42-102948     
PilotLt Keylon W. Clarke   POW
CopilotLt Robert N. Hovland   KIA  
NavigatorLt Walter Sundling   POW
BombardierLt Robert P. Smith   POW
Aircraft EngineerSgt Albert D. Griffith   POW
Radio OperatorSgt William C. Dethloff   POW
Right Waist GunnerSgt David R. Dooley   POW
Ball Turret GunnerSgt Reed F. Simpson   KIA  
Tail GunnerSgt Richard H. Anderson  POW
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