Here are entries from my dad's diary, concerning 419. He was chief armorer of C flight, 772nd squadron.
Oct 17th. Target Bleckheimer, Germany. Ships took off loaded with “R.D.X’s” ; due back at 3:00 p.m. They started to straggle in at four thirty. Three of my ships, #271, #419, and #377 did not return. About 7:30, #271 came in after spending eleven hours in the air, with enough fuel to last just seven more minutes. A severe storm broke up the formation, which scattered.
#419, with Bob Dobeski, Bores, and Miltler aboard, was forced down in the Adriatic. We are still sweating them out. #377 came back early this morning (8:00 a.m.) after landing and refueling at an emergency field in Yugo-Slavia. #271 had quite a tale to tell about climbing the face of a mountain so closely that they thought the props would hit. All instruments were “out” and no navigator aboard.
Loaded 250’s this p.m.
Oct 19th. Mission “scratched”. We thought #419 had “ditched” and that Dobeski and the others got out, but later reports do not confirm this. We don’t know where they are at 6:00 p.m. this evening. Showers on and off all day. 250’s again tonight.
Jan 26th. “Non-op”. Overcast – mission scratched at last moment as usual. Helped unload #385 and load practice bombs into her. Understand we may move back to our own area in a day or two. I really hope so. Forgot to mention yesterday that “Lute” informed us that “Dobeski” has finally been located. He’s a “P.O.W.” We’re very thankful.
Hope this helps some.