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Mission No. 212
748th Bomb Squadron
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Mission Narrative

Mission No. 212
Date - March 18, 1945
Target - Berlin. Landed in Poland
This mission on March 18th, 1945 was a "Back to Berlin" mission. Again, the 8th Air Force committed 2000 bombers to the raid in an attempt to knock out communications. The target for the 457th was the marshalling yards. As the approached the target, the high squadron was attacked by ME-262's. Three planes in the high squadron were hit but one managed to survive and flew to Poland where it landed safely. The other managed to return to the base. The plane of Lt John Schwikert was shot down. Bombing was done in Group formation using PFF and visual method because of cloud coverage and general visibility. Results were observed to be good. Gunners claimed four confirmed ME-262's.
Plane s/n 43-38902, named "Lady Be Good," and piloted by Lt Elmer f. Witten, was flying in the upper element of the lower squadron when they were attacked by ME-262's over the target at Berlin. The plane was seen to have feathered an engine after dropping it's bombs. It then left the formation and eventually landed in Soviet occupied Poland. The crew were all safe and later returned to Glatton.

......... Crew

The crew was as follows:
     Plane s/n 43-38902     
PilotLt Elmer F. Witten
CopilotLt John K. Wales N/
BombardierLt George R. Nichols
ToggleerSgt John T. Sullivant
Aircraft EngineerSgt John D. Williams
Radio OperatorSgt Francis G. Mauro
Left Waist GunnerSgt Junior D. Brooks
Right Waist GunnerSgt Kenneth L. Conrad
Ball Turret GunnerSgt William A. Gearhart
Tail GunnerSgt Floyd A. Monroe
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