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Mission No. 130
750th Bomb Squadron
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Mission Narrative

Mission No. 130
Date - October 02, 1944
Target - Kassel - Cr in Belgium
On Oct 2nd, 1944 the 457th put up 36 planes for a mission to bomb an ordinance depot in Kassel, Germany. Bombing was a combination of PFF and visual and results were fair. Flak was moderate but accurate and fifteen planes sustained damage. One plane, flown by Lt James W. Franklin, was hit and lost two engines. They crash-landed safely in Belgium and the entire crew returned to Glatton to fly again.
Plane s/n 42-32098, named "GI Virgin II," and piloted by Lt James W. Franklin, was hit by flak over the target and lost engine #2 and #3. He left the formation and landed safely in Belgium. None of the crew sustained injuries.

......... Crew

The crew was as follows:
     Plane s/n 42-32098     
PilotLt James W. Franklin  
CopilotLt Donald C. Lengman  
NavigatorLt Charles C. Smith  
ToggleerSgt E. E. Veenker  
Aircraft EngineerSgt Leonard O. Beach  
Radio OperatorSgt Luther E. Holloman  
Left Waist GunnerSgt Ernest L. Herneen  
Ball Turret GunnerSgt Adolph Sreczyk  
Tail GunnerSgt John W. York 
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