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Mission No. 8
748th Bomb Squadron
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Mission Narrative

Mission No. 8
Date - March 06, 1944
Target - Berlin
On this mission to Berlin the 457th put up eighteen planes led by Capt. Fred Spencer. The target was the V.K.F. ball bearing works. As they approached the city of Magdeberg they met vigorous fighter opposition, mainly Me-109's and Me-210's. Two crews were lost during this encounter. Lt Eugene Whelen's plane, flying in the high box, was rammed by an Me-109 fighter and his aircraft exploded and fell into the low box where it crashed into the plane of Lt Roy E. Graves. Only one of the Graves crew survived. Five additional planes had major damage from flak over Berlin. The Eighth Air Force lost sixty nine planes on this day.
The crew was as follows:
     Plane s/n 42-31595     
PilotLt Eugene H Whelan   KIA  
CopilotJames R. Cauley   KIA  
NavigatorLt George S. McPeake, Jr.   KIA  
BombardierLt Robert J. Kuncl   KIA  
Aircraft EngineerSgt Robert H. Vaughn   KIA  
Radio OperatorSgt Jerome J. Hartings   KIA  
Left Waist GunnerSgt J. D. Bartoe   KIA  
Right Waist GunnerSgt John C McVey   KIA  
Ball Turret GunnerVirgil L French   KIA  
Tail GunnerAlphus Maddox  KIA  
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