Mission 226

Oct  25 1944

Flight Crew

Name Rank Duties
Moate, John B Lieutenant Pilot
Miller, Elmonte R Lieutenant Co-Pilot
Rosenfeld, Marvin Lieutenant Navigator
Rocklage,Jr Harry W Lieutenant Navigator GEE
Parker, Raymond G Lieutenant Bombardier
Lohr, John F Staff Sergeant Radio Op/Gunner
Weese, Jackson D Staff Sergeant Eng/Top Turret Gunner
Cunningham, Charles L Sergeant Ball Turret Gunner
Whiting, Edward J Staff Sergeant Waist Gunner
Johnson, Marvin J Sergeant Tail Gunner

The Mission# 226

A/C name --- Country   Germany Target   Synthetic Oil Plant
A/C number   43-37743   Squadron Position Lead
A/C Pos Deputy Led   City  Gelsenkirchin

This was supposed to be a big deal. I had just  received my new stripes and already I was flying deputy lead radio operator, a job usually reserved for seasoned veterans.  We had just pulled into formation and we have a fire on board. I never did get involved in fighting it   but I understand it was somewhere around the bomb bay. (Not a good place to have a fire) Finally we got it under control, dumped our bombs in the English Channel and Aborted back to our base. It was a great relief to get back on the ground. They just told me now I must fly 35 missions instead of 25 ,and this one doesn't count My reaction,  "THANKS A LOT"

Pulling up into formation Over the target
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