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Mission Target: RUHLAND, START OF RUSSIAN SHUTTLE

DATE: 1944-06-21 RESULT: GOOD
CREW LOST: 0 AIRCRAFT LOST: 0
MISSION: 145 CLS: 0

NOTES

PHOTOS:

 Russians and Americans getting to meet each other in Mirgorod, Russia, late June 1944. Americans are (l to r) "Pete" Petrdil, "Mac" MacAllister, and "Gerry" Steussy. Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives) 

 Ike Golden, of the Ronald Cumming Crew and Russian Girl at Mirogarod, Russia on the 1st Russian Shuttle Mission. Golden spoke Russian and was the interpreter for the Group on this mission. Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives) 

 Shuttle mission to Russia, 21 June 1944 (100th Photo Archives) 
Mirgorod, Russia, July 1944: the American Officer is Joseph Zeller, who one week later would become the 418th's Commanding Officer after Magee Fuller was lost at Merseburg 20 Jul 1944. (100th Photo Archives) 

 June 22, 1944 - Mirgorod, Russia (l to r) Bill Cherry (BOM - Don Rice crew "OUR BABE") , Sniper, Jack Graziano (BOM - John Evans crew "RETURN TICKET"), Sniper, John A. Evans (P - "RETURN TICKET") (100th Photo Archives) 

Col. Tom Jeffrey and Capt. Everett Blakely and Capt Douglas (group bombardier)(100th Photo Archives) 

100th B Group, taken on the First Russian Shuttle mission by THE LATEST RUMOR, courtesy of Capt Tong

MYLIUS CREW DIARY: 
June 21, 1944-RUHLAND, (1st Russian Shuttle Mission, mpf) Took off at 5:10am on a shuttle raid. Hit oil plant and then ran out of gas before we could make our  Russian base.  We had run into plenty of flak & fighters on way over. Force landed at fighter base near Kiev, Russia at 3:20pm (10hrs, 10min) In Kiev, we were given the best hotel to stay in and we & 3 other crews had the pick of the city.  I spent my time on tours, shows, operas and     walks thru the park with girl named Zena.and on last day there, a girl named Vera.  

June 26, 1944  Left Kiev at 8:15pm fo Piryatin, Russia where we stayed overnight.  We landed there at 9:15pm.

June 27, 1944  Left for Poltava, Russia.  Got there in 55min.  What was left of the group had gone onto Italy. 37 B-17's were totally wrecked there from bombing by Jerry, and many more will never fly again.

MYLIUS CREW DIARY: 
June 21, 1944-RUHLAND, (1st Russian Shuttle Mission, mpf) Took off at 5:10am on a shuttle raid. Hit oil plant and then ran out of gas before we could make our  Russian base.  We had run into plenty of flak & fighters on way over. Force landed at fighter base near Kiev, Russia at 3:20pm (10hrs, 10min) In Kiev, we were given the best hotel to stay in and we & 3 other crews had the pick of the city.  I spent my time on tours, shows, operas and     walks thru the park with girl named Zena.and on last day there, a girl named Vera.  

June 26, 1944  Left Kiev at 8:15pm fo Piryatin, Russia where we stayed overnight.  We landed there at 9:15pm.

June 27, 1944  Left for Poltava, Russia.  Got there in 55min.  What was left of the group had gone onto Italy. 37 B-17's were totally wrecked there from bombing by Jerry, and many more will never fly again.

MYLIUS CREW DIARY: 
June 21, 1944-RUHLAND, (1st Russian Shuttle Mission, mpf) Took off at 5:10am on a shuttle raid. Hit oil plant and then ran out of gas before we could make our  Russian base.  We had run into plenty of flak & fighters on way over. Force landed at fighter base near Kiev, Russia at 3:20pm (10hrs, 10min) In Kiev, we were given the best hotel to stay in and we & 3 other crews had the pick of the city.  I spent my time on tours, shows, operas and     walks thru the park with girl named Zena.and on last day there, a girl named Vera.  

June 26, 1944  Left Kiev at 8:15pm fo Piryatin, Russia where we stayed overnight.  We landed there at 9:15pm.

June 27, 1944  Left for Poltava, Russia.  Got there in 55min.  What was left of the group had gone onto Italy. 37 B-17's were totally wrecked there from bombing by Jerry, and many more will never fly again.

Tom Jeffrey wth Lead crew on June 21, 1944 mission to Ruhland.  This was the start of the Russian Shuttle mission.  Also in the photo is Red Bowman. Notice the PFF aircraft supplied by 95th Bomb Group.