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Mission No. 178
748th Bomb Squadron
457th Bomb Group 748th Bomb Squadron
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Mission Narrative

Mission No. 178
Date - January 22, 1945
Target - Sterkrade
The target for the 457th was a synthetic oil refinery in the northeast corner of the Ruhr valley. The group formed up in the bomber stream and when the target showed clear, each squadron bombed separately. The low squadron was forced to hold its bombs when another group flew directly under it at the point of bomb release. That squadron went on to bomb Osnabruck, Germany. The Squadrons became separated and returned to the base separately. One plane, s/n 43-38583, was hit by flak near the town of Recklinghausen. It dove out of formation and disappeared into the clouds.
Plane s/n 43-38583, 748th Squadron, and piloted by Lt. Arthur G. Jellinek, was hit by flak after leaving the target at Stekrade, Germany. The control surfaces were badly damaged and parts of the vertical stabilizer were shot away. The plane left the formation and was lost in the clouds. All of the crew parachuted into Germany and became POW's.

......... Crew

The crew was as follows:
     Plane s/n 43-38583a     
PilotLt. Arthur G. Jellinek   POW
CopilotLt. James E. Christy   POW
BombardierLt. Jack A. Dressler   POW
ToggleerSgt Joseph W. Farrow   POW
Aircraft EngineerSgt. J. Frank Conti   POW
Radio OperatorSgt. Harry J. Jolly. Jr   POW
Left Waist GunnerSgt. Karl Lembertson   POW
Ball Turret GunnerSgt. Harley Ernst, Jr.   POW
Tail GunnerSgt. Kenneth M. Beattie   POW
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