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David Lee
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"Mis-Fit" B-24J (Consolidated) 754th Bombardment Squadron, 458th BG, 96th BW, 2nd AD, 8th AF

"Mis-Fit" is crewed by:

P - 1LT Jimmy E. Smith - 23 - New York, N.Y.
CP - 2LT Jacob E. Baar - 22 - Columbus, Ohio
N - 2LT Everett L. Clark - 23 - Dallas, Tex.
B - 2LT Frank R. Hansen - 22 - Shinnston, W. Va.
E - S/SGT Leon M. Edwards - 22 - New Port Richey, Fla.
RO - S/SGT Albert H. Hamilton - 30 - Latrobe, Pa.
BT - SGT Hyman A. Fischer - 26 - Buffalo, N.Y.
RW - SGT Frank W. Reed - 20 - Enterprise, Ala.
LW - SGT Maynard H. Evans - 23 - Heber Springs, Ark.
TG - SGT William T. Phillips - 22 - Shreveport, La.

Field Order 797 - 25 JUNE 1944
TARGET: St. Omer - Targets of Opportunity (Switching Yard)
Bomber Position: Middle 2

Mission Summary:

The weather over our base was POOR but takeoff and assembly proceeded without incident. Fighter coverage was FAIR.

Most E/A to appear were quickly driven off by our little friends. Several Fw-190s made quick, passing attacks but scored no hits.

FLAK was light and bombing results were good (52%).

On the return flight, "Mis-Fit" suffered a mechanical failure of the flaps controls (-1 Landing). The weather over our base was GOOD. With the flaps inoperable we landed at a higher than normal speed and used very bit of the runway.

Claims: None

Crew Comments: It's too bad they all can't be like this.

Field Order 803 - 28 JUNE 1944
TARGET: Saarbrucken - Marshalling Yards
Bomber Position: Low 15

Mission Summary:

The weather over our base was GOOD and take-off was OK. Fighter coverage was FAIR (Zones 2-4) to GOOD (Zones 5-7 and Zones 2-4).

Two Me-109s attacked us over Belgium, one from 12 High and another from 3 High. SGT Hamilton destroyed the second E/A with accurate fire from the Right Waist position. Neither E/A scored any hits on "Mis-Fit".

After these attacks, E/A launched two waves of rockets into the formation from behind. "Mis-Fit" suffered three hits:

Pilot Compartment - Superficial
Nose - Engine Fire Extinguisher System OUT
Bomb Bay - Hydraulic Pump - Superficial

Friendly fighters were very aggressive after this attack. (RE - Aggressive Little Friends in Zone 4) No further enemy attacks occurred until we reached the target.

As we approached Saarbrucken rockets were fired into the formation again (no hits) followed by attacks from two Ju-88s (1:30 Low, 3 Level). Accurate gunfire from the NT and RW destroyed the first. The TT and BT did not appear to hit the second. No hits were scored by E/A.

The target was Mostly obscured. Flak was light and bombing was on target (30%).

Over Luxembourg four Me-109s attacked. SGT Reed in the NT claimed one destroyed and SGT Phillips destroyed another with the tail guns. One Me-109 attacking from 3 High scored three hits on "Mis-Fit":

Instruments - Elevators - OUT (-1 Landing)
Flight Deck - Pilot and CoPilot Compartment - Superficial

A lone Fw-190 attacked from 12 High over Belgium. Intense and accurate fire from S/SGT Edwards in the top turret resulted in a fiery explosion of the E/A.

No further resistance was encountered.

The weather over our base was GOOD. The landing was complicated by damage to the elevator controls and "Mis-Fit" suffered some additional damage due to a rough landing. The ground crew says she'll be ready for the next mission.

Crew Comments:

Enemy rocket attacks are unnerving but thankfully are pretty inaccurate. We took some damage but the crew performed well and our escorting fighters did good work keeping most of the E/A away from us.


SGT Reed - Me-109 (Probable)
S/SGT Edwards - Fw-190 (Probable)
S/SGT Hamilton - Ju-88 (Damaged), Me-109 (Damaged)
SGT Phillips - Me-109 (Damaged)
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