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Mission No. 128
751st Bomb Squadron
457th Bomb Group 751st Bomb Squadron
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Mission Narrative

Mission No. 128
Date - September 28, 1944
Target - Magdeberg
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 43-37518, named "Gini" and flown by Lt Harold D. Gay, was hit by fighters just moments after turning on the IP. He salvoed his bombs and with a fire near #3 engine, the plane went into a dive. No parachutes were seen and there was time to bail out. The attack lasted 13 minutes. There were about 50 ME-109's and FW-190's that hit from below at six and nine oclock. The damage was done by 30 mm cannon shells and this plane , along with four others in the Squadron, left the formation and crashed in Germany.

......... Crew

The crew was as follows:
     Plane s/n 43-37518     
PilotLt Harold D. Gay   KIA  
CopilotLt Earl M. Johnson   KIA  
NavigatorFabian F. Nordan   KIA  
BombardierLt Carl C. Ulander Jr  KIA  
Aircraft EngineerSgt Charles S. Beck   KIA  
Radio OperatorSgt Donald W. Anderson   KIA  
Left Waist GunnerSgt Arthur G. Rounseville   KIA  
Ball Turret GunnerSgt Fred M. Cogswell Jr  KIA  
Tail GunnerSgt Thomas McDee   KIA  
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