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Dad's war reports discovery a surprise to daughters

3:59 PM, Nov. 6, 2013
Darla Knippel, left, and Donna Follen hold their dad's discharge papers and a picture of their father.
Darla Knippel, left, and Donna Follen hold their dad's discharge papers and a picture of their father.
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"April 2, 1944. Target is Steyr-Daimler factory, Austria. Thirty-five B-24s launched escorted by P-38s. Flack over target was intense, heavy and accurate. 75-80 enemy fighters mostly ME-109s and FW-190s attacked the group. Four A/C (aircraft) were lost."

"June 26, 1944. At 0400 36 B-24s were airborne and bound for the Moosbierbaum oil refinery, Austria. Twenty twin engine fighters attacked en route to target. Sixty additional twin engine enemy fighters joined attack near target. Sixty single engine enemy A/C join attack. One B-24 collided with an enemy fighter but continued to ...

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