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Mission No. 128
748th 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 43-37834, flown by Lt Fred J. Lockwald, was hit by fighters just moments after turning on the IP. Details of exactally what happened to these planes on this attack are scarce. The attack lasted 13 minutes. There were about 50 ME-109's and FW-190's that hit from below at six and nine oclock. The damage was done by 30 mm cannon shells and this plane, along with four others in the Squadron, left the formation and crashed in Germany. Two of the crew were killed and the rest POW's.

......... Crew

The crew was as follows:
     Plane s/n 43-37834     
PilotLt Fred J. Lockwald   POW
CopilotLt Joseph Jirik   KIA  
NavigatorLt James B. Rawls Jr.   POW
BombardierLt Seymour F. Salganick   POW
Aircraft EngineerSgt Carlton Killgo   POW
Radio OperatorSgt Harry I. Jacobson   KIA  
Left Waist GunnerSgt John Wranesh   POW
Ball Turret GunnerSgt Drew L. Sheffield   POW
Tail GunnerSgt Everett A. Mahannah, Jr   POW
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