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Mission No. 188
748th Bomb Squadron
457th Bomb Group 748th Bomb Squadron
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Mission Narrative

Mission No. 188
Date - February 16, 1945
Target - Gelsenkirchen
The target for the 8th Air Force was synthetic oil plants in Germany. The 457th was assigned to bomb industrial targets in the city of Gelsenkirchen. The group and wing assembly was accomplished without difficulty and the bomb run was in squadron formation. Contrails, haze and low fog made visual bombing impossible and bombs were dropped using G-H equipment. Bombing results were fair. Flak was moderate but accurate and one plane, s/n 44-6831, took a direct hit in the right wing. the wing broke off and the plane rolled and spun out of sight. The group landed at another field that night because of inclement weather at Glatton.
Plane s/n 44-6831, 749th Squadron, piloted by Lt Roland H. Brazier, was hit in the right wing by flak while over the target. The burst occurred near engine #3 and the right wing broke off and folded over the cockpit. The plane immediately began to roll and then went into a flat spin. It was not seen to explode and no parachutes were seen. Six members of the crew were killed and four were POW's.

......... Crew

The crew was as follows:
     Plane s/n 44-6831     
PilotLt Roland H. Brazier   POW
CopilotLt Alvin G. Hazlett   POW
NavigatorLt William J. Diehl   POW
BombardierLt William F. Freeman   KIA  
Aircraft EngineerSgt Walter H. Klimoff   KIA  
Radio OperatorSgt Stanley L. Murray   POW
Left Waist GunnerSgt Richard C. Trapp   KIA  
Right Waist GunnerSgt Daniel S. Hochberg   KIA  
Ball Turret GunnerSgt William J. Conner   KIA  
Tail GunnerSgt Stanley D. Swanson   KIA  
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