57th BOMB WING
340th BOMB GROUP (M)
486th, 487th, and 489th Squadrons of
the 340th Bomb Group on
Perugia, Italy today
BS Report: An early mission had been
scheduled and combat crew members had early chow, but at 10:00 A.M. the raid was
postponed until afternoon. Takeoff was at 14:25 when ten B-25/s of the 487th
left the runway to attack
7K was hit over the target and only two 'chutes were observed coming out of the ship before it exploded upon contact with the ground. 2nd Lts. B.B. Barker, R.B. Hicks, S/Sgt. A.H. Vervacke and Sgts. S. Tulin, J.T. Raschetz and D.H. Pinkerton were crew members of the ill fated bomber.
7T was also crippled by ack-ack over the target and was last seen aflame as it spiraled earthward. Four 'chutes left the plane which most probably added four more men to the P of W list. 2nd Lts. G.U. Ashmore, H.E. Finney, G.J. Simpson; Sgts. J.W. Ikner, J.S. Klein and Cpl. B.A. Burton were crew members aboard 7T.
(Report credit Dan Setzer)
(Report credit Harry George Jr.)