|457th Bomb Group Honor Roll
Mission No. 74
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Mission NarrativeMission No. 74
Date - June 22, 1944
Target - Collided with 42-38056
On June 22nd, 1944, 800 bombers were dispatched to tactical targets in France. The 457th had a target of an oil dump on the Seine River across from the city of Rouen, France. Two twelve ship boxes were supplied by the 457th under the Air Commander, Major Eugene Peresich. Flak was heavy and very accurate and fifteen planes were damaged. Bombing results were excellent. The group lost two planes when one of the mission aircraft, landing without brakes, left the runway and collided with another plane on the taxi strip. Both planes were consumed by flames but all of the crew managed to escape the inferno.
Flak was very heavy at the target at Rouen, France. Plane s/n 42-31620, named "Skunk Hollow," was piloted by Lt Franklin H. Morrell, who brought his damaged plane back to the field and prepared for a crash landing. When he touched down without brakes the plane veered to the right and hit the wing of another aircraft, s/n 42-38056, named "Queen Bea," parked on the hardstand. Both planes burst into flames and were totally consumed. Two men, Lt Tangherlini and Sgt Mayers, were both decorated with a bronze star for their heroic action in moving other planes from the inferno. No one was killed or injured.
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