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Mission No. 186
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Mission Narrative

Mission No. 186
Date - February 14, 1945
Target - Dresden -Crashed in France
The primary target of this mission to Dresden was the marshalling yards at this administarative and communications center. The group experienced extreme difficulty with clouds and contrails on the way to the target. Bombing was done in Group formation with all squadrons dropping on the lead with the target partially obscured by clouds. Bombing results were good and four aircraft sustained damage from flak. Because of the long flight, eight of the groups planes landed on the continent to refuel.
Plane s/n 43-38909, named "Kraut Krusher," and piloted by LT Duane Southwood, was disabled on the flight to Dresden, Germany and landed near Dijon, France.

......... Crew

The crew was as follows:
     Plane s/n 43-38909     
PilotLT Duane F. Southwood
CopilotLt Lyle E. Keran
BombardierLt Wallace Reed
ToggleerSgt George Jackson
Aircraft EngineerSgt Warren H. Permeter
Radio OperatorSgt Orville D. Clark
Left Waist GunnerSgt Geroge N. Radakovich
Ball Turret GunnerSgt R. B. Kelley
Tail GunnerSgt Santo V. Maira
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