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344th BG KIA MIA

CHRONOLOGY OF KILLED IN ACTION, MISSING IN ACTION, KILLED IN TRAINING & OTHER B-26 RELATED DEATHS
DATE
MACR
LOCATION
UNIT
INCIDENT REPORT
2-Nov-42
MacDill Field
Died in B-26 accident.
1st Lt. Willian P. Malasky
2nd Lt. William E. Kyle
8-Dec-42
MacDill Field
All killed in a plane crash in Tampa Bay.
2nd Lt. John E. Williams, Pilot
2nd Lt. Clarence G. Parsons, Co-Pilot
2nd Lt. Norman J. Linne, Bombardier
S/Sgt. David H. Brown Jr.
S/Sgt; John Mazzarino
Sgt. Samuel J. Lamond
28-Dec-42
Drane Field
Killed in training on a routine flight.
2nd Lt. William A. Booth, Pilot
F/O Raymond J. Jewett, Co-Pilot
Lt. Edward E. Stevens, Bombadier-Navigator
S/Sgt. George A. Kennedy
Maj. Joseph C. Nate, 20th Bombardment Wing, Passenger
3rd Officer Elenor C. Nate, WAAC (wife).
29-Dec-42
Drane Field
497th
Parachute did not open.
2nd Lt. William A. Lasby
18-Jan-43
Drane Field
497th
All killed on cross country flight near Houston, TX.
2nd Lt. Osborne
2nd Lt. Paul T. Movelle
F/O Gerald S. Linder
Sgt. Joseph W. Lloyd
Sgt. David S. Bevens
Sgt. Arthur D. Snyder
Corp. Lawrence S. Lewark
May-43
Ascension Islands
496st
Crashed 40 miles off the Ascension Islands on the way overseas. Engine blew up according to Lt. Johnston.
Lt. Harvey Johnson, Pilot (Rescued)
Lt. Prickett, Co-Pilot (MIA)
Lt. Marcelgum, Navigator (MIA)
S/Sgt. O’Steen, Radio-Gunner (MIA)
14-Jul-43
Drane Field
495th
Killed in a jeep accident.
Lt. I.W. Arno
UNIT MOVED TO S
8-Mar-44
Stansted
494th
Mid-air collision 3 miles from base.
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1st Lt. John C. Eckert, Pilot (KIA)
2nd Lt. Thomas W. Worrell, Co-Pilot (KIA)
1st Lt. George E. Bair, Bombardier (KIA)
S/Sgt. Alfred R. Border (KIA)
S/Sgt. Lewis O. Thompson (KIA)
S/Sgt. Edward J. Powell (KIA)
Stansted
494th
Capt. Jack W. Miller, Pilot (KIA)
42-95925
2nd Lt. Linwood C. Brooke, Co-Pilot (KIA)
1st Lt. James A. Hudson, Bombardier (KIA)
S/Sgt. Abraham B. Butler, Jr. (KIA)
S/Sgt. George D. McMannany (KIA)
S/Sgt. William J. Summers (KIA)
20-Apr-44
4103
Notre Dame Ferme
496th
Plane hit by flak. 3 chutes seen to leave before it blew up.
V-2 Site
42-95870
Capt. Harvey A. Johnston, Pilot (POW)
2nd Lt. J.W. Porter, Co-Pilot (POW)
1st Lt. John J. Guiher, Bombardier (POW)
2nd Lt. J. Gould, Navigator (POW)
S/Sgt. Stuart Whitford, Armorer-Gunner (POW)
S/Sgt. Clarence Bidlack, Engineer-Gunner (POW)
T/Sgt. Harold W. Thomas, Radio-Gunner (POW)
21-Apr-44
4073
Bonnieres
496th
Plane shot down. 5 chutes seen to open.
Coastal Defenses
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2nd Lt. Glen C. Farmer, Pilot (POW)
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2nd Lt. Gabriel P. Dumaine, Co-Pilot (POW)
S/Sgt. Marcel E. Fontana, Enlisted Bombardier (wounded, POW)
S/Sgt. W.J. Wildman, Radio-Gunner (KIA)
S/Sgt. R.W. Glaser, Engineer-Gunner (POW)
S/Sgt. Peter P. Gecsey, Armorer-Gunner (POW)
22-Apr-44
4093
Siracourt
495th
Shot down at target. 3 men seen to jump from waist gun window.
V-2 Sites
42-95910
Capt. Henry P. Koslowski, Pilot (KIA, Jefferson Barracks Nat Cem, St. Louis)
Y5-F
2nd Lt. Lester W. Hauck, Co-Pilot (POW)
WIZARD
2nd Lt. G.J. Gorski, Navigator (KIA)
OF KOZ
2nd Lt. G.L. Raschke, Bombardier (KIA)
T/Sgt. J.J. Kopinski, Radio-Gunner (KIA, Jefferson Baracks Nat Cem, St. Louis)
S/Sgt. H. Gast, Engineer-Gunner (POW)
S/Sgt. W.H. Brockdorf, Tail-Gunner (POW)
S/Sgt. Everett T. Smith, Waist-Gunner (KIA, Normandy)
23-Apr-44
4094
Heuringhem
497th
Shot down after releasing bombs S.W. of St. Omer. 6 chutes were seen to leave plane.
V-2 Site
42-95928
Lt. Ralph N. Leone, Pilot (POW)
Lt. H.D. Scott, Co-Pilot (POW)
Lt. J.J. Bausano, Bombardier (POW)
S/Sgt. S.F. Stewart, Engineer-Gunner (POW)
S/Sgt. Harry Williams, Radio-Gunner (POW)
S/Sgt. H.B. Tharp, Tail-Gunner (POW)
27-Apr-44
4145
Fort Mardick
496st
Shot down just after bombs away.
Coastal Defenses
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1st Lt. Alton B. Rubin, Pilot (KIA)
N3-J
2nd Lt. J.W. Dye, Co-Pilot (KIA, Normandy)
PICADILLY
S/Sgt. Frederick Murphy, Engineer-Gunner (RTD)
COMMANDO
S/Sgt. R.J. Wilkinson, Radio-Gunner (KIA)
S/Sgt. R.J. Garlich, Jr., Photo Technician (KIA, Normandy)
Sgt. Walter H. Heist, Enlisted Bombardier (KIA, Ardennes)
S/Sgt. Vincent J. Conlon, Tail-Gunner (KIA)
27-Apr-44
4144
Fort Mardick
496st
Shot down just after bombs away.
Coastal Defenses
42-95926
1st Lt. J. Savko, Pilot (KIA, Normandy)
2nd Lt. W.E. Whitney, Co-Pilot (POW)
S/Sgt. L.F. Lampman, Enlisted Bombardier (KIA)
S/Sgt. R.E. Whicker, Radio-Gunner (KIA)
S/Sgt. A.B. Whitworth, Engineer-Gunner (POW)
S/Sgt. F.E. Botti, Tail-Gunner (KIA)
10-May-44
4511
Mons
497th
Lt. F.M. Morrison and crew were shot down at Brussels, Belgium enroute to attack a Marshalling yard at
Marshalling Yard
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Mons, Belgium. Lt. Morrison’s plane was his by flak in both the forward bombay and the right engine;
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the plane caught fire, and dropped slightly below the rest of the formation, and exploded and broke
up in the air. Two and possibly three chutes were observed.
Lt. Frederick M. Morrison, Pilot (KIA, Ardennes)
Lt. Edward W. Borresen, Co-Pilot (POW)
S/Sgt. John G. Erikson, Enlisted Bombardier (KIA, Ardennes)
T/Sgt. Ralph W. Fitch, Radio-Gunner (KIA, Ardennes)
Sgt. J.L. Gasmann, Engineer-Gunner (POW)
Sgt. L.W. Oliver Tail-Gunner (POW)
11-May-44
4515
Malo les Bains
495th
Plane shot down.
Coastal Defenses
42-95922
1st Lt. R.E. Finch, Pilot (POW)
Y5-N
2nd Lt. Leonard C. Lobb, Co-Pilot (KIA, Normandy)
1st. Lt. Richard C. Andrews, Bombardier (KIA, Ardennes)
S/Sgt. S.M. Szarek, Engineeer-Gunner (POW)
S/Sgt. D.M. Wagner, Radio-Gunner (POW)
S/Sgt. M.H. Lorda, Tail-Gunner (POW)
5/28/1944 AM
5143
Paris
496st
Plane was hit in the left wing on the bomb run. The bombay was open, the plane pulled out of
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formation and went into a vertical dive, dropped 4000 feet, and went into a spin to the left, then
straightened out. Then seemed as though the tail came off, dropped into another spin and disappeared
from view.
2nd Lt. P.J. Laux, Pilot (EVADED)
2nd Lt. M.T. Ritchey, Co-Pilot (EVADED)
2nd Lt. W.A. Boyce, Bombardier (POW)
Sgt. P. Ruiz, Engineer-Gunner (POW)
S/Sgt. R.W. Henry, Radio-Gunner (POW)
Sgt. E.W. Butler, Tail Gunner (POW)
5/28/1944 AM
5141
Paris
495th
Plane was hit in the left engine on the bomb run. He pulled his plane into number 4 position of first
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flight then peeled off to right with engine smoking and left formation with wheels down appearing to
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be under control in a dive when last observed three parachutes were observed to come from the plane.
There was no reported observation of plane crashing.
2nd Lt. Jack C. Shewell, Pilot (MIA, Normandy WOM)
2nd Lt. W.D. Bradford, Co-Pilot (KIA)
2nd Lt. James Johnson, Bombardier (KIA, Epinal)
Sgt. Mark W. Cave, Engineer-Gunner (MIA, Lorraine WOM)
S/Sgt. T.E. Joyner, Radio-Gunner (KIA)
Sgt. J. Forsythe, Tail Gunner (KIA)
5/28/1944 AM
5142
Paris
495th
Plane was hit in the left engine on the bomb run. The plane went down in a shallow dive with engine
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afire. There was no reported observation of plane crashing. Five chutes were observed to come from
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the plane.
1st Lt. Henry C. Woodrum, Pilot (EVADED, SHELTERED IN PARIS UNTIL LIBERATED))
2nd Lt. I.R. Morgan, Jr., Co-Pilot (POW)
S/Sgt C.L. Griffith, Bombardier (POW)
Sgt. R.E. Burton, Radio-Gunner (POW)
Sgt. T.J. Zargorski, Radio-Gunner (POW)
Sgt. E.L. Hickey, Tail Gunner (KIA)
5/28/1944 AM
5139
Paris
495th
Was hit by flak in the left engine on the bomb run. The plane nosed up and drifted off to the right of
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formation ont of sight. One parachute was observed to come from the plane/
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CP. J.W. Seale, Pilot (KIA)
1st Lt. C.A. Forrester, Co-Pilot (KIA)
1st Lt. Eugene D. Moffett, Navigator (POW / KIA, Epinal)
1st Lt. Ropert P. Gilmore, Bombadier (KIA, Epinal)
T/Sgt. M. Young, Engineer-Gunner (POW)
T/Sgt. W.H. Slaton, Radio-Gunner (POW)
S/Sgt. F.B. Cessna, Tail-Gunner (POW)
5/28/1944 AM
5144
Paris
496st
Plane was hit by flak on the bomb run. The plane was last observed at 5000 feet, losing altitude and both
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engines were smoking when the plane left formation. Two chutes were observed to come from the
plane.
1st Lt. S.W. Peterson, Pilot (KIA)
2nd Lt. Buck Wilson, Co-Pilot (POW)
1st Lt. H. Harvey, Bombardier (POW)
T/Sgt. C.S. Maddox, Radio-Gunner (KIA)
S/Sgt. C.E. Davis, Engineer-Gunner (KIA)
S/Sgt. E.R. Trayes, Tail Gunner (KIA, Mt. Hope Cemetary, Chicago)
J.M. Long, (KIA)
5/28/1944 PM
5140
Amiens
497th
On 28 May, 1944, Lt. J.F. Reynolds and crew were shot down while attacking a Marshalling yard at Amiens,
Marshalling Yard
42-95920
France. Lt. Reynold’s plane was hit by flak over the target, and left formation after passing over the
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target. The right propellor was feathered, and the plane turned left off course SW of Doullens, France,
and took a 300 degree course escorted by two or more P-47’s. Per report verified through the Ninth
Bomber Command and by the 405th Fighter Group, Lt. Reynold’s plane crashed five miles south of
Abbeville, France. Four chutes were seen to leave the plane, and observers stated it appeared that there
was ample time for the rest of the crew to abandon the plane.
1st Lt. James F. Reynold, Pilot (KIA while parachuting)
2nd Lt. Edward Horn, Co-Pilot (POW, Stallag Luft III)
2nd Lt. Joseph Johnson, Bombardier (Escaped)
T/Sgt. George H. Coon, Radio-Gunner (Escaped)
S/Sgt. Samuel M. Gold, Engineer-Gunner (POW)
Cpl. Leonard N. Pew, Tail Gunner (MIA, Ardennes WOM)
4-Jun-44
Stansted
494th
Plane crashed on take-off. Bombs exploded & men killed by blast.
S/Sgt. Boyd Pauling (KIA)
S/Sgt. John A. Strauss (KIA)
6-Jun-44
5656
D-Day
497th
On target approach, flak claimed Lt. James McKamey’s plane. The plane was hit in the right engine, and with
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a fire in its full bomb bay, the aircraft was pulled out of formation and turned to head back across the
Defended Coastal
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Channel. The pilot’s aim was clearly to ditch and give his crew the chance of being picked up, but the plane
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exploded in mid-air. Three chutes were seen to leave the plane.
2nd Lt. James B. McKamey, Pilot (MIA, Normandy WOM)
F/O J.F. Kechley, Co-Pilot (MIA, Normandy WOM)
Sgt. Jess Scott, Bombardier (MIA, Normandy WOM)
S/Sgt. S.J. Zuniga, Radio-Gunner (KIA)
S/Sgt. M.M. Larini, Engineer-Gunner (KIA)
Sgt. H.L. Finn, Tail Gunner (KIA)
10-Jun-44
5708
Valognes
496st
Plane went down over enemy territory.
Choke Point
42-107574
2nd Lt. H.D. Burdette, Pilot (KIA)
2nd Lt. D.W. Edwards, Co-Pilot (KIA)
2nd Lt. A.L. Collins, Bombardier (KIA)
S/Sgt. Joseph G. Gisavage, Engineer-Gunner (KIA, Normandy)
S/Sgt. Marshall H. Porter, Radio-Gunner (KIA, Normandy)
S/Sgt. Sherrard Billings II, Tail-Gunner (KIA, Normandy)
29-Jun-44
Gissel
497th
Died from flak at the target.
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S/Sgt. Williams, Radio-Gunner
2-Jul-44
Bishop Stortford
497th
Killed walking along road near RR station.
1st Lt. Julian H. Burgess, Jr., Pilot (Cambridge)
24-Jul-44
7478
Tours/LaRiche
494th
Plane lost to enemy action.
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2nd Lt. Robert V. Coulter, Pilot (POW, STALAG LUFT III)
2nd Lt. Donald W. Virgin, Co-Pilot (KIA)
S/Sgt. John E. Ryan, Bombardier (POW, STALAG LUFT IV)
S/Sgt. Bernard Blonder, Engineer-Gunner (POW, STALAG LUFT IV)
S/Sgt. George C. Blower, Radio-Gunner (POW, STALAG LUFT IV)
S/Sgt. Alfred F. Sutkowski, Tail-Gunner (EVADED)
24-Jul-44
Tours/LaRiche
494th
Squadron Navigator, lost his life on this mission for which he was the Lead Bombardier.
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Capt. James P. Parish (KIA)
9-Aug-44
7848
Brest
495th
Plane shot down. All were killed.
Tankers in harbor
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Lt. Raymond H. Phillips, Pilot (KIA)
2nd Lt. James R. Elliott, Jr., Co-Pilot (KIA)
S/Sgt. Williams C. Lastinger, Bombardier (KIA)
S/Sgt. Harold J. Whisenant, Engineer-Gunner (KIA)
S/Sgt. James M. Moulder, Radio-Gunner (KIA)
S/Sgt. Alvin G. Becker, Tail-Gunner (KIA)
25-Aug-44
Stansted
495th
Plane crashed on take-off. All of the crew was lost.
1st. Lt. W.H. Geary, Pilot (KIA)
1st Lt. Leman E. Whittler, Jr., Co-Pilot (KIA Cambridge)
2nd Lt. Richard D. O’Connel, Bombardier (KIA, Cambridge)
T/Sgt. Sidney M. Veale, Engineer-Gunner (KIA, Cambridge)
S/Sgt. G.V. Corder, Radio-Gunner (KIA)
Sgt. W.H. Reed, Tail-Gunner (KIA)
G. Audin, War Correspondent (KIA)
30-Aug-44
Stansted
496st
Crashed at take-off on cross country hop.
1st. Lt. Danner, Pilot (KIA)
Lt. Edward E. Williams, Sqdrn Adjutant (KIA, Cambridge)
23-Sep-44
9735
Venlo
494th
3 planes lost to enemy action. 18 personnel placed on missing status.
Marshalling Yard
42-107679
1st Lt. C.W. Carrington, Pilot (KIA, Arlington)
2nd Lt. Frank Brackoneski, Co-Pilot (KIA, Arlington)
2nd Lt. S.F. Thistlewaite, Bombardier (KIA, Arlington)
S/Sgt. Wayne L. Martin, Engineer-Gunner (KIA, Ardennes)
Sgt. G.H. Roesser, Radio-Gunner (KIA, Beverly Nat Cem, New Jersey)
S/Sgt. M.J. Flynn, Tail-Gunner (KIA, Arlington)
23-Sep-44
9733
Venlo
494th
1st Lt. Jack B. Comstock, Pilot (KIA, Netherlands)
Marshalling Yard
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2nd Lt. Peter S. Orth. Co-Pilot (POW, Stalag Luft I)
2nd Lt. M.J. Neal, Bombardier (KIA)
S/Sgt. A.W. Johnson, Engineer-Gunner (KIA)
S/Sgt. A.J. Reilly, Radio-Gunner (KIA)
Sgt. H.C. Smith, Tail-Gunner (KIA)
23-Sep-44
9734
Venlo
496th
1st Lt. J.B. Hegg, Pilot (RTD)
Marshalling Yard
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Capt. William Reitz, Co-Pilot (KIA, Netherlands)
2nd Lt. R.E. McNeil, Bombardier (RTD)
S/Sgt. B.J. Liptak, Engineer-Gunner (RTD)
T/Sgt. T.G. Wilcox, Radio-Gunner (RTD)
Pvt. O.M. Riggs, Tail-Gunner (RTD)
UNIT MOVED TO S
6-Oct-44
9219
Arnhem
495th
Plane destroyed by flak.
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1st Lt. Herbert H. Moore, Jr., Pilot
2nd Lt. A.J. Allen, Co-Pilot
2nd Lt. E. Sadula, Bombardier (KIA)
S/Sgt. B.A. Bielinski, Engineer-Gunner
Sgt. Einar H. Nielsen, Radio-Gunner
Sgt. C.M. Boyer, Gunner (KIA)
Sgt. N.H. Truax, Radio-Gunner (KIA)
19-Nov-44
13038
Neuwied
494th
Aircraft was hit by flak resulting in death of both men.
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Capt. Webster S. Allyn, Pilot
S/Sgt. Edward Bosack
27-Dec-44
Ahrweiler
495th
Plane ran out of gas. Crew bailed out at approx. 300 ft. Lt. Fleming remained with plane.
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1st Lt. L. Fleming III, Pilot
1st Lt. C.A. Gouge, Co-Pilot
1st. Lt. N.D. Carlson, Bombardier
T/Sgt. E.J. McNulty
T/Sgt. J.H. Chevalier, Engineer-Gunner
S.Sgt. R.E. Farley, Tail-Gunner
Dec-44
England
496th
Died at hospital in England following jeep accident.
T/Sgt. Thomas Hanly
1-Jan-45
Cormeilles-en-Vexin
497th
Plane crashed on runway on take-off. 14 minutes later, bombs exploded.
2nd Lt. Robert R. Chalot, Pilot
2nd Lt. Eliot W. Falk, Co-Pilot
S/Sgt. Bronislas Krowiak
Sgt. Frank W. Dunaway
Sgt. Garth Morse
Sgt. William R. Fowler
1-Jan-45
Cormeilles-en-Vexin
2058th Eng. (Aviation)
Fire fighters were instantly killed by the detonation.
1st. Lt. Alton S. Parker, In Command (KIA)
Sgt. Elmer E. Juily (KIA)
Cpl. William G. Reiker (KIA)
P/5 Leonard S. Luezkowski (KIA)
5-Jan-45
Houffalize
494th
Accurate flak prior to the bomb run resulted in Sgt. Brown’s death.
Road Junction
T/Sgt. R.D. Brown, Radio-Gunner (KIA)
16-Jan-45
Bullay
494th
Crashed shortly after take-off and while joining up.
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Lt. Melvin D. Cleck, Pilot
2nd Lt. Stanley R. Haskins, Co-Pilot
S/Sgt. Esequiel P. Mendez, Jr., Engineer-Gunner
Sgt. Owen B. Sweeny, Radio-Gunner
Sgt. Lewis A. Hilger, Tail-Gunne
496th
Capt. Richard S. Herried, Bombardier
28-Jan-45
Cormeilles-en-Vexin
497th
Aircraft crashed shortly after take-off.
1st Lt. R.C. Barnard, Pilot
Capt. R.M. Mitchell, Pilot
Lt. M.H. Sellers, Bombardier
Sgt. P.J. Collins
10-Feb-45
Harren
495th
Aircraft shot down. Pilot bailed out in friendly territory and crew bailed out over enemy territory.
Communications
1st Lt. H.A. Mallory, Pilot
2nd Lt. C.L. Early, Co-Pilot
2nd Lt. Walter Harden, Bombardier
T/Sgt. J.H. Chevalier, Engineer-Gunner
T/Sgt. W.C. Farrell, Radio-Gunner
S/Sgt. E.C. McCarter, Tail-Gunner
10-Feb-45
Harren
495th
Fatally wounded by flak thru tail turret.
Communications
S/Sgt. C. Vanderlugt, Tail-Gunner (KIA)
13-Feb-45
12305
Euskirchen
494th
Two aircraft shot down. 12 personnel listed as missing -in-action.
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2nd Lt. Hugh L. Yeager, Jr., Pilot
2nd Lt. Robert J. Forden, Co-Pilot
F/O Neil W. Boylan, Bombardier
Sgt. Norman E. Dwight, Engineer-Gunner
Sgt. Otha W. Hester, Radio-Gunner
S/Sgt. Charles W. Blucher, Tail-Gunner
13-Feb-45
Euskirchen
497th
Plane received a direct hit on bomb run. Possibly one chute was seen.
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Lt. A.R. Williams, Pilot
Lt. M.F. Crowley, Co-Pilot
Lt. J.R. Brown, Bombardier-Navigator
Sgt. A.J. Ryder, Engineer-Gunner
Sgt. A.A. Zabinski, Radio-gunner
Sgt. C. Coyaso, Tail-Gunner
14-Feb-45
12344
Engers
5 Aircraft shot down. 31 personnel listed as missing.
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495th
Hit over target. 3 chutes seen to leave plane.
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Capt. Thomas Brennan, Pilot (MIA)
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2nd Lt. F. LaFountaine, Co-Pilot (KIA)
SHOPWORN
2nd Lt. H.W. Zuest, Bombardier (KIA)
ANGEL
Sgt. E. Monahan, Engineer-Gunner (MIA)
Sgt. K.F. Pace, Radio-Gunner (MIA)
Sgt. W.A. Delaven, Tail-Gunner (MIA)
14-Feb-45
12386
Engers
496th
Lt. G.K. Holm, Pilot (MIA)
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Lt. W.M. Holman, Co-Pilot (MIA)
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Lt. P.G. Mulholland, Bombardier (MIA)
Sgt. M.B. Rabalis, Engineer-Gunner (KIA)
Sgt. W.A. Spear, Radio-Gunner (POW)
Sgt. F.L. McKenny, Tail-Gunner (KIA)
14-Feb-45
12352
Engers
497th
Plane shot down at target.
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1st Lt. William Riley Jones, Pilot (KIA – Netherlands) O-760860
Shirley Ann
1st Lt. Richard Carroll Light, Co-Pilot O-822950
1st Lt. Melvin Ray O’Brian, Bombardier O-712211
1st Lt. John Edward Knight, GEE Operator (KIA) O-735319
T/Sgt. Uel Milton Myers, Engineer-Gunner 36657182
S/Sgt. Norman Derwood Polk, Radio-Gunner (POW) 33676696
S/Sgt. Peter Newton Dudley, Tail-Gunner 19113146
14-Feb-45
12387
Engers
497th
Plane shot down at target.
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Lt. J.P. Nelson, Pilot (MIA)
Lt. D.T. Bennett, Co-Pilot (MIA)
Lt. W.P. Santel, Bombardier (MIA)
Sgt. W.O. Severson, Engineer-Gunner (POW)
Sgt. D.E. Brecht, Radio-Gunner (MIA)
Sgt. A.J. Sullivan, Tail-Gunner (POW)
14-Feb-45
12385
Engers
497th
Plane shot down at target.
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Lt. R.C. Meppen, Pilot (POW)
Lt. G.R. Farthing, Co-Pilot (POW)
Lt. G.P. Larson, Bombardier (POW)
Sgt. J. Chiari, Engineer-Gunner (MIA)
Sgt. S.L. Myers, Radio-Gunner (KIA)
Sgt. E. Cheramie, Tail-Gunner (MIA)
23-Feb-45
12649
Erkelenz
497th
Plane shot down. 8 personnel missing.
Communications
Capt. Carl Franklin Chapman, Jr., Pilot (KIA – Margraten, Netherlands) O-659663
1st Lt. John J. Sheehan, Co-Pilot (KIA – Ardennes, Belgium) O-816603
2nd Lt. James Richard Harl, Bombardier (KIA – Ft. McPherson, Nebraska) O-722452
1st. Lt. Kenneth Gordan Bowdish, Navigator (KIA – Ft. McPherson, Nebraska) O-741451
1st Lt. Frederick D. Storey, GEE Operator (KIA – Ft. McPherson, Nebraska) O-765744
S/Sgt. Ballard J. Bentley, Engineer-Gunner (KIA – Margraten, Netherlands)
T/Sgt. J.P. Herndon, Radio-Gunner (KIA – Margraten, Netherlands) 18005969
S/Sgt. W.T. Williamson, Tail-Gunner (KIA – Margraten, Netherlands) 18083363
24-Feb-45
12612
Viersen
495th
Aircraft shot down. 6 personnel missing. No chutes seen to open.
Communications
1st Lt. Humphrey Marshall Mallory, Pilot (MIA) O-793142
1st Lt. Thomas Lewis VanOver, Co-Pilot (MIA) O-791742
S/Sgt. Charles Franklin Brooker, Bombardier (MIA) 35516194?
Sgt. James Sherwood Gilroy, Engineer-Gunner (MIA) 36457707
Sgt. William Franklin Ramsey, Radio-Gunner (KIA)
Sgt. Homer Dean Duncan, Tail-Gunner (KIA) 39916133
9-Mar-45
12952
Bierbach
496th
Plane shot down at the target by flak. No chutes were observed to leave the plane.
Marshalling Yard
42-96094
Lt. Lewis E. Lanford, Pilot (KIA) O-433088
BATTLE BABY
Lt. Clarence Sylvester Lohnes, Co-Pilot (POW) O-782311
N-3
Lt. HARRY MILTON HAGUE, Bombardier (KIA)
Lt. CHARLES FRANKLIN Athy, JR. GO (POW)
Sgt. GEORGE A. Glick, Engineer-Gunner (POW) 37351621
Sgt. GEORGE Boardingham, JR. Radio-Gunner (KIA)
Sgt. CECIL G. Barnes, Tail-Gunner (KIA)
Killed by flak on above mission:
Lt. Harrell, Bombardier
21-Mar-45
Coesfeld
494th
Lost his life on this mission.
Defended town
S/Sgt. Jack W. Burnham
24-Mar-45
13337
Colbe
496th
Sustained a direct hit, lost a wing and crashed.
RR Bridge
44-68101
Lt. Charles Henry Ware, Jr., Pilot 0-780096
N3F
F/O Robert A. Sturn, Co-Pilot (KIA, Lorraine, France) T-134267
F/O Frederick F. White, Bombardier (KIA, Lorraine, France) T-133662
Sgt. Waters, Frank Dalton, Engineer-Gunner (RTD) 36482123
Sgt. Phillips E. Hicks. Tail-Gunner (KIA, Lorraine, France) 17136773
Sgt. C.R. Roy Smith, Radio-Gunner (KIA, Lorraine, France) 18232534
24-Mar-45
Colbe
496th
Sustained hit to one of its engines. Crew jumped. Half the crew made it safely.
RR Bridge
42-95982
N3U
UNIT MOVED TO S

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