George LaRoe mission December 29, 1944

December 29, 1944 Bressone, Italy

Carried six 1000 lb bombs.  Much Flak seen ahead from IP.  A B-17 cut in ahead of box.  Received many flak hits – one in Walker’s parachute – one piece stung my knee.  A hit in #2 engine – lost #2 turbo.  Oil flowed out of #2 – finally feathered #2 about half way back to base.  Broke formation – hit a bit of bad weather.  Cut out of pattern on approach.  Had to go around on 3 engines. Had many large holes in plane