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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
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 43-38026,flown by Lt Charles J. Schultz, was hit by fighters just moments after turning on the IP. Details of exactally what happened to these planes on this attack are scarce. The attack lasted 13 minutes. There were about 50 ME-109's and FW-190's that hit from below and at six and nine oclock. The damage was done by 30 mm cannon shells and the plane, along with four others in the Squadron, left the formation and crashed in Germany.

......... Crew

The crew was as follows:
     Plane s/n 43-38026     
PilotLt Charles J. Schultz   KIA  
CopilotF/O Alfred P. Wilson, Jr  KIA  
NavigatorLt Richard A. Houghten   POW
BombardierLt George E. MacDermott   KIA  
Aircraft EngineerSgt Richard L. Dickenson   KIA  
Radio OperatorSgt John R. Palladina   KIA  
Left Waist GunnerSgt Augustus W. Herrmann   KIA  
Ball Turret GunnerSgt C. J. Peppers   KIA  
Tail GunnerSgt Calvin M. Carter   KIA  
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