This scene depicts the mission over Germany on July 28, 1944. The original target was the well protected oil refinery at Merseburg, but the target was clouded over when the group arrived. A secondary target was chosen. Just as the group passed over the Merseburg/Leipzig area hundreds of anti-aircraft guns were brought to bear on them.
One fragment of flak bounced off the windscreen and another entered the cockpit, narrowly missing pilot and squadron leader, Dave Hanst, after being deflected. Other fragments knocked out the #2 engine but didn't start a fire. This was the final mission for Hanst.
July 22nd, 2014
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