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Mission No. 1
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Mission Narrative

Mission No. 1
Date - February 21, 1944
Target - Lippstade/Gutersloh [1st Loss]
This was the first mission flown by the 457th Bomb Group and was led by the Commander of the 457th, Col James Luper. Of the thirty six planes the group put up, eighteen were assigned to enemy fighter airfield targets at Lippstadt and eighteen to Gutersloh. The planes at Guttersloh encountered heavy flack and fighters. One plane was lost to fighter action
This was the first mission flown by Lt Llewellyn (Lew) Bredeson and his crew. Bredeson, flying 'Tail End Charlie', was under heavy fighter attack on the bomb run. With two engines out, oxygen system damaged, and other major damage from 20 mm shells, Lt Bredeson salvoed his bombs and the crew abandoned the plane. The tail gunner of the crew was injured during the attack and the crew attached a static line to his chute and helped him out the waist door, hoping he would get prompt medical attention. He apparently died before touching the ground. The other nine survived and became POW's. This was the first plane lost in combat by the 457th.

......... Crew

The crew was as follows:
     Plane s/n 42-31596     
PilotLt. Llewellyn G. Bredeson - POW   POW
CopilotLt. George M. Barnes - POW   POW
NavigatorLt. Robert A. Whitby - POW   POW
BombardierLt. Samuel L. Kalman - POW   POW
Aircraft EngineerSgt Howard R Collins - POW   POW
Radio OperatorSgt Leonard V. Luchonock - POW   POW
Left Waist GunnerSgt. Louis P. Rigaud - POW   POW
Right Waist GunnerSgt John F. Lewis - POW   POW
Ball Turret GunnerSgt Walter J. Jutze - POW   POW
Tail GunnerSgt William H. Schenkel   KIA  
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