MISSION NO. 54

SORAU, GERMANY

29 MAY, 1944

This mission was a repeat of Mission No. 25. The previous mission had not accomplished the destruction of the FW-190 assembly plant, the largest and most important FW-190 assembly plant in Germany. Though badly battered from the two previous days, the Group put eighteen aircraft aloft to fly the low box of the 94th Combat Wing, flying fourth in the Division formation. Major Theodore C. Hoffman served as Air Commander and Captain Jeriy Godfrey as pilot. Bombing results were excellent with direct hits on two hangars, two machine shops, the office building and the canteen.

On the way back to England, the wing was overtaken but not attacked by Me-109s and FW-190s. (The Luftwaffe earlier had attacked a bomber force going to Leipzig.)

A short while later, four Ju-88s passed along the formation. Members of the Group then witnessed a classic air battle between fighters. AP-5 1 suddenly appeared on the scene, destroyed two of the Ju-88s instantly, turned on the third and shot it down. The P-51 then caught up with the fleeing fourth Ju-88, a few thousand feet below, and downed it with a quick burst of fire. Four Ju-88s had been destroyed in a matter of seconds. One viewer described it as "the most thrilling episode since coming over here".

The Group came back near Stettin, location of the synthetic oil refineries. The refineries were burning furiously, having been bombed by three combat wings earlier in the day. Crews could see the burning for one hundred fifty miles. Flak was meager, but accurate. Eleven aircraft suffered damage.

One out of control B-I 7 from another wing came through the formation with chutes coming out as it passed through. The attention of all personnel was directed to the fact that many directives and regulations had been issued by the command, but had apparently not been taken seriously. These regulations aiid directives would henceforth be strictly enforced and "woe unto him who is caught breaking the law".

CREW LOADING LIST

May 29th, 1944
Mission No 54   Target: Sorau, Germany

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  A/C # 101 A/C # 579 A/C # 620 A/C # 001
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Joseph J. Lukasik
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John P. Jordan
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Donald W. Blackwell
George T. Gulywasz
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  A/C # 706 A/C # 051 A/C # 084 A/C # 998
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Rex B. Crawford
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Morris R. Walker
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Arthur M. Lustig
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Bernard B. Weinberg
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James R. Norman
Walter W. Megin
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Fred H. Pearman
Albert A. Rothbauer
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Jack D. Bush
Cecil D. Burroughs
Joseph S. Norman

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William J. McKelvey
George H. Stateman
Kenneth E. Myers
Richard T. Trundy
Anthony Marrone
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Waldron E. McGibbon
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Patrick J. Fusci
Mildredge C. Doan
John W. Whiteside
Charles R. Carlisle

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Clarence E. Ross
Donald H. Snyder
Hilton E. Bunch
William R. Cain
Julius Smith
Alvin E. Merriam
Alvie M. Kirkendall
Herbert P. Barte  
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Norman A. Erbe
Robert J. Shaffer
Robert A. Carson
Russell H. Auten
Richard H. Cochran
James M. Kirkland
Paul Frank
Wayne A. Taylor
William L. Egri
 

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Edward L. Cavanaugh
Solon J. Boydston
Kenneth B. Taylor
James R. Powell
Ivan W. Browning
Norman C. Bonney
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Edwin Dempsey
Michael Stasko
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Joseph M. Sofranko
Ray F. Jones
Fred F. Castle
Gordon J. Neely 
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Martin W. Biehn
Charles C. Canon
David S. Wright
Angelo J. Ruscito
Theodore C. Roland
Eugene G. Goslee
Carl N. Davis
Dale L. Vance 

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Chester V. Hudec
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Henry L. Baker 
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Richard E. Long
Eldon J. Foster
Carroll C. Johnson
Lester L. Tyndall
Edward J. McHale
George H. Davis
George K. Raymond 
Armen Kulyczcki

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Louis M. Castelucci
Lloyd E. Larson
Herbert W. Shaurette
Earl W. Holton
Francis E. Cornue
Leonard C. Comstock
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Donald S. Hain
Vincent L. Vaccarro
Harry C. Minor
Arthur J. Russell, Jr
Charles R. Miller
Edward F. Rugg
Clifford R. Wilson
Lorne G. Smith 
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John E. Grimes
Bert Graham
Thomas M. Lyles
Paul E. Beatty
Wilifred G. Baumgartner
Constantine Nicholas
Joy F. Stacy
Joseph F. Sprich


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