George LaRoe mission December 26, 1944

December 26, 1944 Avasio, Italy

Entire crew flew together. Carried five 100 lb bombs.  Flak at coast of North Italy.  Hit Wildman’s engineer in face.  Flak over target heavy and intense – we received a few holes.  Brainard led bomb run.  He received a flak hit on #4 engine.  Bombs missed target.  Brainard’s #1 engine prop ran away.  Near Adriatic, Brainard dropped out of formation – airplane caught on fire – seven or eight chutes seen opening.