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Mission No. 128
748th Bomb Squadron
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Mission Narrative

Mission No. 128
Date - September 28, 1944
Target - Magdeberg, Crashed nr Brussels
This mission to Magdeberg turned out to be one of the worst mission for the 457th since it began flying. Six crews were lost. The Group put up 36 planes and their target was to be the Krupp machine shops at Magdeberg where anti-aircraft guns and tanks were made. Just before reaching the IP the group was attacked by 25 to 50 ME-109's and FW-190's. The fighters attacked from 4 oclock and 9 o'clock low and hit hardest at the rear of the formation. Five planes were lost to fighters: s/n 43-37518, s/n 43-38181, s/n 43-38026, S/N 43-37834 and 42-97470. One other plane s/n 42-102948 was lost to flak at the target. Bombing was by PFF and the results were unobserved. P-51's arrived to drive off the attacking planes after the damage was done. Three other planes received major damage and twelve received minor damage from flak and fighters.
Plane s/n 42-97955, piloted by Francisco Gamboa, was attacked by Luftwaffe ME-109's and FW-190's over the target at Magdeburg, Germany. The plane left the formation and managed to stay aloft till they were over Belgium where they crash landed near Brussels. All of the crew survived and returned to Glatton.

......... Crew

The crew was as follows:
     Plane s/n 42-97955     
PilotLt Francisco Gamboa
CopilotLt Raymond G. Ressner
NavigatorF/O Milton Braverman
BombardierLt Hiram M. Drachs
Aircraft EngineerSgt Stanley Zocks
Radio OperatorSgt Robert B. Black
Left Waist GunnerSgt Thomas C. Elliott
Ball Turret GunnerSgt Lyle W. Astry
Tail GunnerSgt John R. Weathoff
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