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Mission No. 120
751st Bomb Squadron
457th Bomb Group 751st Bomb Squadron
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Mission Narrative

Mission No. 120
Date - September 10, 1944
Target - Gaggenau, Col with 42-97456
On this, the groups 120th mission, the target was Geggenau, Germany. The 457th put up 36 planes. Over the continent, two planes of the 457th collided. One of the planes, s/n 42-97456, was cut in half and spun on down and crashed. The other plane s/n 42-97451 was very badly damaged and turned back and landed at the base. Two of the crew of this plane bailed out over the continent in friendly terrority and returned to Glatton. On the return route, one plane, s/n 42-32086, flown by Lt Loren G. Hampton, crash landed in France in friendly terrority. One crew of plane, s/n 44-8032, had two engines shot out with one afire. The pilot gave the bailout signal and he and some officers in the front of the plane bailed out. The bailout signal was not working and the men in the rear of the plane did not hear it. The crew Engineer, Sgt David Foltz, took the controls of the plane and flew the plane for an hour and a half till they were over friendly terrority. The rest of the crew then bailed out and were later returned to Glatton. Sgt Foltz received the Silver Star and the Purple Heart for his heroic deeds and his injuries.
On this mission to Gaggenau, Germany, plane s/n 42-97451, piloted by Lt Harold Gay, collided with plane s/n 42-97456 on the way to the target. Lt Gay was blinded by the sun, pulled up, and cut the plane of Lt Passmore in half. Passmore and all but two of crew were lost. Lt Gay's plane, while badly damaged, was able to fly and returned to Glatton. However, two of the crew, the Navigator and Bombardier, fearing the plane had sustained fatal damage did not wait for the signal to abandon ship and parachuted into friendly terrority in France. The plane returned to Glatton minus two of it's crew. They later returned and rejoined their crew.

......... Crew

The crew was as follows:
     Plane s/n 42-97451     
PilotLt Harold D. Gay
CopilotLt Earl. L. Johnson
NavigatorLt Walter H. Sale
BombardierLt Fabian F Nordan
Aircraft EngineerSgt Arthur G.Beck
Radio OperatorSgt Donald F. Anderson
Left Waist GunnerSgt Harry A. Thortsen
Ball Turret GunnerSgt Arthur G. Roundsville
Tail GunnerSgt McDee Thomas
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