Dec. 29, 1944--Bressanone Railroad Bridge, Northern Italy mountains.
ROUGHEST MISSION. Very accurate, heavy flak and came off target with following damage: Lost #1 engine. Gas leak in bomb bay. Navigation instruments shot out. Tail turret rendered inoperative. All compasses shot out. Old #47 took a beating that day, but Sawyer and Eldridge brought her home all alone. Went through terrific thunderstorm about 50 miles from home. Wrote Sparks up for DFC for his stopping gas leak in bomb bay WITH HIS BARE HANDS IN BELOW ZERO WEATHER. (He didn't get it.)
Waist gunners Rye and Rafferty got Purple Hearts for slight flak wounds in their backs. More than 50 holes in plane.