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Mission No. 120
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Mission Narrative

Mission No. 120
Date - September 10, 1944
Target - Gaggenau, Crash on continent
On this, the groups 120th mission, the target was Geggenau, Germany. The 457th put up 36 planes. Over the continent, two planes of the 457th collided. One of the planes, s/n 42-97456, was cut in half and spun on down and crashed. The other plane s/n 42-97451 was very badly damaged and turned back and landed at the base. Two of the crew of this plane bailed out over the continent in friendly terrority and returned to Glatton. On the return route, one plane, s/n 42-32086, flown by Lt Loren G. Hampton, crash landed in France in friendly terrority. One crew of plane, s/n 44-8032, had two engines shot out with one afire. The pilot gave the bailout signal and he and some officers in the front of the plane bailed out. The bailout signal was not working and the men in the rear of the plane did not hear it. The crew Engineer, Sgt David Foltz, took the controls of the plane and flew the plane for an hour and a half till they were over friendly terrority. The rest of the crew then bailed out and were later returned to Glatton. Sgt Foltz received the Silver Star and the Purple Heart for his heroic deeds and his injuries.
Plane 44-8032, piloted by Lt Paul W. Gilbert took a hit from flak over the target which knocked out two engines, the oxygen system, and the intercom. #4 engine was on fire. The engineer went to the rear of the plane to check on damage and while he was there the pilot signaled the alarm to bail out not knowing that the alarm bell had been knocked out. The pilot set the autopilot and bailed out with the Copilot, navigator and bombardier. The men in the rear of the plane did not hear the alarm and did no know that no one was flying the ship until the engineer went to back to the front of the ship. The engineer took control of the plane and he, together with the rest of the crew, decided to try to fly back to where they could bail out over friendly occupied terrority. With a flaming engine they succeeded and they bailed out over France. All were safe and the engineer, Sgt Dave Fultz, received the Silver Star for his heroic efforts. He also received the Purple Heart for injuries sustained during the flak attack.

......... Crew

The crew was as follows:
     Plane s/n 44-8032     
PilotLt Paul Gilbert
CopilotLt Richard G. Palmer
NavigatorLt Andrew Brown
Navigator2Lt Joseph E. Ellis
BombardierLt Anthony G. Wodek
Aircraft EngineerSgt David C. Foltz
Radio OperatorSgt Raymond Conway
Left Waist GunnerSgt Ernest Pappalardo
Tail GunnerSgt Charles H. Borland
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