44th Bomb Group Mission Number 119

Date City Country Target
4/11/1944 Bernburg Germany Aircraft Assembly Plant

Unofficial Mission Summary 

For the third straight time fierce enemy opposition from the air and from the ground was experienced by the 44th Group on a mission to a Junkers aircraft assembly plant in Bernberg, Germany. Eight 67th A/C took off with the Group at 0730 hours but only three 67th reached the objective, bombed and returned at 1415 hours. Returning early included the crew of Lt. Mercer due to mechanical problems. Over the Zuider Zee and into Denmark the landing gear kept creeping down - then #1 and #4 turbos went out. Luckily, a P-47 pickup them up and escorted them all the way back to England. The target was hit by 240 x 23 lb fragmentation bombs per plane with good results. The Group claimed four enemy aircraft that made determined and aggressive attacks. T/Sgt. Dalton R. Burrier, S/Sgt. Rinaldo, T/Sgt. Erskin and S/Sgt. Kennedy were all credited with kills. Lt. Money & crew lost - 506th.
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