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Mission No. 123
748th Bomb Squadron
457th Bomb Group 748th Bomb Squadron
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Mission Narrative

Mission No. 123
Date - September 17, 1944
Target - Nijmegan, Holland
This was the first time that the 457th flew a mission in support of ground troops. This bombing was to preceed the Allied airborn landings near Niemegan, Holland. The flight plan led the group over the Belgium coast and then turned toward the IP at Weert, Holland. The lead aircraft, s/n 42-97951, took a flak hit in the right wing which set fire to the two starboard engines. All the crew parachuted from the plane. Bombs were dropped from 18000feet. with very good results. Another plane, s/n 42-97190, crash landed in Belgium with two engines out and another damaged.
Plane s/n 42-97190, named "Hitler's Milkman," was piloted by Lt Walter Strosser. The crew of Lt Fred Lockwald were flying their first mission with Lt Strosser as pilot. Lockwald flew as copilot. The plane was hit by flak on the bomb run and lost two engines and a third barely operating, left the formation and returned to Belgium where he landed the plane. All members of the crew were safe. This plane was repaired and returned to active duty at Glatton and eventually survived the war and returned to the USA on June 4th, 1945.

......... Crew

The crew was as follows:
     Plane s/n 42-97190     
PilotLt Walter Strosser
CopilotLt Fred Lockwald
NavigatorLt James Rawls
BombardierLt Seymour Salganick
Aircraft EngineerCarlton Killgo
Radio OperatorSgt Harry I Jacobson
Left Waist GunnerSgt Karl Lambertson
ObserverLt Joseph Jerik (Lockwald's copilot)
Ball Turret GunnerSgt Drew Sheffield
Tail GunnerSgt E. Alan Mahannah
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