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He was interrogated For seven days beFore being sent to a prison camp near the Poli h border. ILt Willard Millikan led nine 336th FS Mustangs against Hagen w airfield, where they de Hoyed twO He 177s, an Fi 156 and a BF II O. The unit had lost \ Lt Robert SieFert to mechanical Failure as it flew across the Channel- the pilot baled out, but he was never seen again. U f- a...

Pulled up and sighted three Fw 190s attacking a B-17. We bounced them. We were trying to scare them oFF, but they didn't seem to see me. Finally 1 closed in on one, gettingstrikes. The aircraFt started smoking, the hood was jettisoned and the pilot baled. The other two broke to the leFt. 'I then pulled up and saw 2LtThomas Fraser, my wingman, behind the other (\VO Fw 190s. One of them made a split-S with 2Lt Fraser Following. I then broke into the leader, preventing him From firing at 2Lt Fraser.

Two tru ks were destroyed. As soon as the last planes landed at Debden, the group was grounded. At 1500 hI'S, an order arrived that all aeroplanes would be painted with five alternating white and black bands on the wings and fuselage. Bombs were staged next to the fighters in advance of the next day's operations. At 2000 hI'S, Col Blakeslee returned from a meeting and announced that the invasion would soon be underway. Three hours later, he briefed the group on the invasion plans. On D-Day, all three squadrons operated individually, with Blakeslee leading the 334 th and 335th FSs on a patrol east of Rouen between 0320 hI'S and 0945 hI'S to start the day.

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