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Mission No. 93
748th Bomb Squadron
457th Bomb Group 748th Bomb Squadron
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Mission Narrative

Mission No. 93
Date - July 21, 1944
Target - Schweinfurt
Repairs had been made to the ball bearing plants bombed earlier and now the 457th's target was again these same ball bearing plants at Schweinfurt. The group put up two 12 ship boxes. Schweinfurt was cloud free but each box had navigation difficulties and the bombs were dropped short of their target. The bomb run took them through very heavy flak (120 guns) and the group suffered heavy damage to planes and the loss of plane s/n 44-6103.
Plane s/n 44-6103, flying in the high box and piloted by Lt Norris H. Gerber, was hit by flak and lost #3 engine. They salvoed their bombs and left the formation. The plane dived in flames, was lost in the clouds and no parachutes were seen.

......... Crew

The crew was as follows:
     Plane s/n 44-6103     
PilotLt Norris H. Gerber POW
CopilotLt Richard J. Cotter   KIA  
NavigatorLt George A. Sipp POW
BombardierLt William A. O'Connor POW
Aircraft EngineerSgt Norman Hirsch POW
Radio OperatorSgt Floyd T. Stitely POW
Left Waist GunnerSgt Harold R. Moore POW
Right Waist GunnerSgt Herve J. Paquin   KIA  
Tail GunnerSgt Charles Minter, Jr.POW
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