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Mission No. 4
748th Bomb Squadron
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Mission Narrative

Mission No. 4
Date - February 25, 1944
Target - Augsburg - Crashed in England
On this mission the 457th put up 27 aircraft and were led by Col Luper to a target at Augsburg. The target was an aircraft manufacturing plant making the Me 210 jet planes. The opposition was heavy and the group was under fighter attack most of the way. The group had two planes shot down by enemy fighters and one that crash landed back in England (s/n 42-97458). Twenty three of the twenty four planes completing the mission had battle damage.
After loosing one engine over the target, plane s/n 42-97458, piloted by Lt Reppa lost another engine on the way home and ultimately crash landed at another base in England without any brakes. The plane left the runway and came to a stop in a deep ditch after first hitting a tree. All the crew survived but the plane was a total loss. (See "Black Puff Polly" for Reppa's and Ayer's description of this incident).

Edward J. Reppa Crew

The crew was as follows:
     Plane s/n 42-97458     
PilotLt Edward J. Reppa
CopilotLt Aaron J. Ayers
NavigatorLt Robert E. Jackson
BombardierLt George H. Stateman
Aircraft EngineerSgt Stephen F. Billisits
Radio OperatorSgt Francis A Boyson
Left Waist GunnerSgt Irving Feldnman
Right Waist GunnerSgt John Harmke
Ball Turret GunnerSgt Charles W. Mehring
Tail GunnerSgt Ivan W. Browning
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