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Mission No. 87
457th Bomb Group '749th Bomb Squadron
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Mission Narrative

Mission No. 87
Date - July 12, 1944
Target - Ditched in Channel
This was the second consecutive day that the 8th bombed Munich. There were over 1200 planes and the 457th put up 36 planes and led the 94th Wind on this mission. No fighters were encountered by the 457th but two planes were hit by flak and elected to try to fly to Switzerland. Twenty six planes were lost by the 8th on this day. Bombing was visual and the results were good. The planes lost by the 457th were s/n 44-6111, (Lt Kozel) and 42-31552 (Lt Kerr). Another plane (s/n unknown), flown by Lt Robert L. Kaufman was badly damaged and did not make it back to England. The crew bailed out over the English Channel and all were safely picked up by Air-Sea Rescue.
Plane s/n 4238063, named "G I Virgin," and piloted by Lt Robert L. Kaufman was hit by flak over the target. He managed to keep the plane airborne till they reached the channel where the crew bailed out. All were picked up by Air-Sea rescue.

......... Crew

The crew was as follows:
     Plane s/n 42-38063     
Copilot Researching
Navigator Researching
Bombardier Researching
Aircraft Engineer Researching
Radio Operator Researching
Left Waist Gunner Researching
Right Waist Gunner Researching
Ball Turret Gunner Researching
Tail Gunner Researching
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