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Mission No. 87
457th Bomb Group '749th Bomb Squadron
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Mission Narrative

Mission No. 87
Date - July 12, 1944
Target - Munich
This was the second consecutive day that the 8th bombed Munich. There were over 1200 planes and the 457th put up 36 planes and led the 94th Wind on this mission. No fighters were encountered by the 457th but two planes were hit by flak and elected to try to fly to Switzerland. Twenty six planes were lost by the 8th on this day. Bombing was visual and the results were good. The planes lost by the 457th were s/n 44-6111, (Lt Kozel) and 42-31552 (Lt Kerr). Another plane (s/n unknown), flown by Lt Robert L. Kaufman was badly damaged and did not make it back to England. The crew bailed out over the English Channel and all were safely picked up by Air-Sea Rescue.
Plane 44-6111 named "Hell's Belle," and piloted by Lt Edward Kozel, was hit by flak on the bomb run. Engine #1 was knocked completely off and with other major damage it was decided to try to make Switzerland. The plane continued and landed safely in Switzerland where all the crew were interned till the end of the war.

......... Crew

The crew was as follows:
     Plane s/n 44-6111     
PilotLt Edward Kozel INT
CopilotLt Alvie J Phares INT
NavigatorLt Selig Patchick INT
BombardierLt Carl F. Altimus INT
Aircraft EngineerSgt Robert E. Nichols INT
Radio OperatorSgt Jacob L. Alpert INT
Left Waist GunnerSgt Dwight F. Sranson INT
Right Waist GunnerSgt William H. Koester INT
Tail GunnerSgt Thomas D. Dalrymple INT
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