Mission 210

  Sept. 27th 1944


Flight crew for the mission  




Miller, Elmonte R



Nowacki, Jack W



Hodgkiss, Bernard V



Katsiginis, Spiris T



Lohr, John F


Radio Op/Gunner

Weese, Jackson D


Engr./Top Turret

Cunningham, Charles L


Ball Turret gunner

Whiting, Edward H


Waist Gunner

Johnson, Marvin J


Tail Gunner

The Mission # 210

A/C name Screwball Express

Country   Germany

Target   Railroad Yards

A/C number   42-97128


Squadron Pos. High Squadron

A/C Pos Low Element Right Wing


City  Cologne

We did not know it at the time but the aircraft we flew this day was to become famous. It is immortalized in  in Kenneth Cassens book, "Screwball Express" The book was published by Turner Publishing Co. in 1992 . I am the proud owner of an autographed copy.  Our mission was flown just 6 months after Ken and his crew took her on her first mission. Excerpts from this fine book can be found on Ken's website (click here) This was the first mission that qualified for what we called a "Milk Run". We were only in the air for 7 hours and received only one hole from enemy fire. I was however, introduced to a new form of hi-tech warfare. They had installed a small port in the fuselage just to the left of my radio position an several cardboard boxes full of bundles of "chaff" were stacked in my already tight radio room. Chaff consists of strips of tinfoil cut to be resonant at the frequency of the enemy radar. Each aircraft was supposed to start feeding packets of chaff into the slipstream just as we turned on to the bomb run. As the resulting cloud slowly floated toward the ground it disrupted the accuracy of their radar's range measuring capability, thus making it difficult for them to pre-set the detonators to explode at our altitude. It seemed like a fine idea to me but I was never sure how effective it was. In any event it sure kept me occupied during the bomb run , a very welcome distraction.  

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