Mission 12 – Milk Run
“Yes Sir… and thank you Sir”, Mike Bell said.
“What was that all about?” inquired Dan Griffin of the pilot as they walked out of the command room.
“Well, were getting a new navigator, another Ron, Ron Walters. Also, they are giving us a relatively easy mission for his first outing. It seems his last bomber was shot down and only he and the co-pilot made it out!”
We’ll be hitting Abbeville again and they will make sure we are well covered.” Mike Bell said in a low voice so others would not hear of the favor.
“Ron Chavez was popular with the other bomber crew’s; he’s heading back to the States. Let’s hope the new guy is as good as they say.”
To make sure things went well the Iron Maiden was put in the middle of the formation.
It was a splendid day for flying. The weather over England and the target were perfect.
The Iron Maiden made its way over the channel with good air cover. They did not see any enemy aircraft until they were only 50 miles out from the target.
It was a lone Me-110 that had snuck through the escort screen and came towards the Iron Maiden in a vertical climb. She was hit by the Dave Naney in the ball turret but kept coming. Her cannons fired away, but nothing was hit.
The new navigator, Ron Walters, put them right over the target and Ron Duke took over. There was no flak over the target and Ron Duke took his time. He lined up the plane perfectly and dropped the bombs.
Another direct hit! Through the sights Ron Duke could see the bombs hitting right on target. Bomb after bomb hit the staging areas, the hangars, and surrounding buildings. The 8th Air Force had done a great job this day as the Airfield at Abbeville was rendered useless!
As the group turned for home the local German aircraft made another attempt to down the American bombers. With their airfield in shambles they attacked with furor.
The first wave consisted of Me-109s. One tried to attack the Iron Maiden but it was driven off before it fired a shot.
A second 109 was spotted incoming at a vertical dive.
Both the top turret and the radio room guns fired away, missing.
The Me-109 fired away hitting the Iron Maiden in the bomb bay and damaged the rubber rafts.
It came around for a second run at 12 level.
The new navigator, Ron Walters, manned the cheek gun but missed. Steve Miller in the top turret, now an ace, was determined to give a different outcome. Spraying lead with his twin guns he hit the Me-109 several times. Smoke poured out, chunks spewed forth, and the plane started to break up as it headed towards the earth. Steve kills another German.
A third wave of 2 Me-109s makes a break for the Iron Maiden, but again they are driven off by friendly escorts.
There was no more resistance as they headed back over the channel and to their home airfield.
Just before landing Mike Bell took off his intercom, leaned over to his co-pilot and said, “That was a milk run; enjoy it while it lasted”.
Another perfect landing and this time nobody was injured.
• The Iron Maiden had put 75% of her bombs on the target.
• The Iron Maiden had taken only10 damage points. (rubber rafts)
• Ron Walters had finished his 1st mission with the Iron Maiden as Navigator.
• Steve Miller continued his onslaught with another 109 kill.
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