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Tony Rupp
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From the logs of Captain Tony Rupp:

Target city was Brest and the U-boats.

We were in the middle position of the formation and middle of the squadron.

On our way to the target we met no resistance until we reached zone 5. We were attacked by 3 110's which all missed us and retreated to safety. Tail gunner Sgt Fred Simon damaged one of the 110's.

On our approach to Brest we were met by 2 190's. Both 190's mised and retreated. Weather was good in Brest. We took 1 hit from flak 2 in the tail, nose, and starboard wing. We were very lucky in that all 4 hits from the flak were superficial. Bomb run was 30%.

Return trip we ran into 4 109's. This time the Germans were better shots and we took some light damage. The most serios was that Sgt Timothy Mark was seriously wounded. Our rudder also took 1 hit. Then
in aone 3 on the return flight we saw more German aircraft. They made a quick pass at us but missed.

Weather was bad on landing but landed safely anyway. It appears That Sgt Timothy Mark will survive but his active duty will be at an end and he will go back home to his wife and daughter.


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