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Mission Narrative

Mission No. 0
Date - April 21, 1944
Target - Merseberg, Broke up over field
This was a mission scheduled to Merseberg, Germany and was recalled due to bad weather after serveral planes had taken off. The plane s/n 42-97236, piloted by Lt Owen B. Coffman, while climbing into formation, encountered a heavy downdraft and the plane went into a dive. The pilot overcorrected in trying to pull out and the plane broke in half near the bomb bay. Parts of the plane fell in the vicinity of the field at Glatton. Four of the crew were able to bail out and survived. The remainder were killed.

......... Crew

The crew was as follows:
     Plane s/n 42-97236     
PilotLt Owen B. Coffman   KIA  
CopilotLt Stewart Barnes   KIA  
NavigatorLt Joseph J. Peacock   KIA  
BombardierLt Lowell D. Baker   KIA  
Aircraft EngineerSgt Leroy L. Logan
Radio OperatorSgt Joseph T. Paddock   KIA  
Left Waist GunnerSgt Morris R. Walker
Right Waist GunnerSgt Donald L. Moore   KIA  
Ball Turret GunnerSgt James C. Hilty
Tail GunnerSgt John P.Medica
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