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Mission No. 112
750th Bomb Squadron
457th Bomb Group 750th Bomb Squadron
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Mission Narrative

Mission No. 112
Date - August 24, 1944
Target - Weimar
The target for the 457th on this date was manufacturing facilities about five miles west of Weimar, Germany which was believed to be making V-2 rocket bombs. A nearby barracks of the Geatapo was also a target. The group put up 36 planes. One plane, s/n 42-09755, left the formation and was not seen again. Over the target another plane, s/n 42-97571, was hit by flak and lost and four others were badly damaged. The target was clearly visible as the squadrons bombed in trail. The target was left a smoking, burning ruin. No fighers nor flak were encountered on the way home.
The group lost two planes on this mission. This plane s/n 42-97571, piloted by Lt Winfred L. Pugh, was hit by flak over the target. It dove out of formation with wing afire, spiraled down, pulled up into a stall and the right wing and tail came off. The plane then went into a spin and exploded at about 10,000 feet. [ MACR #3014 ]

......... Crew

The crew was as follows:
     Plane s/n 42-97571     
PilotLt Winfred L. Pugh   POW
CopilotF/O Arthur H. Richards   KIA  
NavigatorLt Julius H. Drummond   KIA  
ToggleerSgt Clifford E. Page   POW
Aircraft EngineerSgt Edward Seumiers   KIA  
Radio OperatorSgt James Woodgate   KIA  
Left Waist GunnerSgt Joseph R. Wheatley   POW
Ball Turret GunnerSgt John T. Poshefko   KIA  
Tail GunnerSgt Howard W. Martin   POW
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