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344th MACR

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.
42-95981 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)
8-Mar-44 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 2nd Lt. Jack Victor Porter, Pilot O-683774 (POW)
Capt. Harvey Albert Johnston, Co-Pilot O-662649 (POW)
1st Lt. John Junior Guiher, Bombardier O-729748 (POW)
2nd Lt. Joseph Albert Gould, Navigator O-694551 (POW)
S/Sgt. Stuart Dial Whitford, Tail-Gunner 18194596 (POW)
S/Sgt. Clarence Roland Bidlack, Engineer-Gunner 35325067 (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 42-95901 2nd Lt. Gabriel Romain Dumaine, Pilot O-537988 (POW)
N3-B 2nd Lt. Glen Gray Farmer, Co-Pilot, O-693657 (POW)
S/Sgt. Marcel Eugene Fontana, Enlisted Bombardier 14170949 (wounded, POW)
S/Sgt. William Jackson Wildman, Radio-Gunner 15377274 (KIA)
S/Sgt. Raymond Walter Glaser, Engineer-Gunner 32730682 (POW)
S/Sgt. Peter Rudolph Gecsey, Armorer-Gunner 6664276 (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 Premyslaus Koslowski, Pilot O-24833 (KIA, Jefferson Barracks Nat Cem, St. Louis)
Y5-F 2nd Lt. Lester Winfield Hauck, Co-Pilot O-693040 (POW)
WIZARD 2nd Lt. Gilbert James Gorski, Navigator O-685592 (KIA)
OF KOZ 2nd Lt. Gordon Lester Raschke, Bombardier O-738575 (KIA)
T/Sgt. John Joseph Kopinski, Radio-Gunner 36302329 (KIA, Jefferson Baracks Nat Cem, St. Louis)
S/Sgt. Charles Hubert Gast, Engineer-Gunner 35460604 (POW)
S/Sgt. William Harold Brockdorf, Tail-Gunner 16008413 (POW)
S/Sgt. Everett Trueman Smith, Waist-Gunner 37180054 (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 1st. Lt. Ralph Nicholas Leone, Pilot O-667732 (POW, Stalag Luft III)
2nd. Lt. Harvey Dixon Scott, Jr., Co-Pilot O-693819 (POW, Stalag Luft III)
2nd. Lt. John Joseph Bausano, Bombardier O-744968 (POW, Stalag Luft III)
S/Sgt. Stanley Forrest Stewart, Engineer-Gunner 33102355 (POW, Dulag 12)
S/Sgt. Harry Williams, Radio-Gunner 14178649 (POW, Stalag Luft III)
S/Sgt. Harold Frederick Tharp, Tail-Gunner 35401344 (POW)
27-Apr-44 4145 Fort Mardick 496st Shot down just after bombs away.
Coastal Defenses 42-95893 1st Lt. Alton Benjamin Rubin, Pilot O-684417 (KIA)
N3-J 2nd Lt. John William Dye, Co-Pilot O-693651 (KIA, Normandy)
PICADILLY S/Sgt. Murphy Frederick, Engineer-Gunner 18189309 (RTD)
COMMANDO T/Sgt. Charles Grove Wilkinson, Jr., Radio-Gunner 39906006 (KIA)
S/Sgt. Robert Garlich, Jr., Photo Technician 31078257 (KIA, Normandy)
S/Sgt. Walter H. Heist, Enlisted Bombardier 32380856 (KIA, Ardennes)
S/Sgt. Vincent Joseph Conlon, Tail-Gunner 32724980 (KIA)
27-Apr-44 France A-59 497th Crash landing
42-107721 Carl Beyer
27-Apr-44 4144 Fort Mardick 496st Shot down just after bombs away.
Coastal Defenses 42-95926 1st Lt. Joseph Savko, Pilot O-801964 (KIA, Normandy)
“Canteen Eileen” 2nd Lt. William Edward Whitney, Jr., Co-Pilot O-749706 (POW, Stalag Luft III)
S/Sgt. Leslie Floyd Lampman, Jr., Enlisted Bombardier 17003017 (KIA, Ft. Sam Houston, TX)
S/Sgt. Richard Eugene Whicker, Radio-Gunner 35092648 (KIA)
S/Sgt. Andrew Brown Whitworth, Engineer-Gunner 12203866 (POW, Stalag 17B)
S/Sgt. Fred Ernest Botti, Tail-Gunner 33415315 (KIA, Oak Grove, Uniontown, PA)
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 42-95856 Mons, Belgium. Lt. Morrison’s plane was his by flak in both the forward bombay and the right engine;
7I-A 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.
1st Lt. Frederick Mackay Morrison, Pilot O-672172 (KIA, Ardennes)
2nd Lt. Edward Wadleigh Borresen, Co-Pilot O-816407 (POW)
S/Sgt. John George Erikson, Enlisted Bombardier 31190967 (KIA, Ardennes)
T/Sgt. Ralph Herbert Fitch, Radio-Gunner 11122096 (KIA, Ardennes)
Sgt. Joseph Leo Gusmann, Engineer-Gunner 32731416 (POW)
S/Sgt. Lindsey Merln Oliver, Tail-Gunner 17005855 (POW)
11-May-44 4515 Malo les Bains 495th Plane shot down.
Coastal Defenses 42-95922 1st Lt. Ralph E. Finch, Pilot O-668059 (POW, Stalag Luft III)
Y5-N 2nd Lt. Leonard Calhoun Lobb, Co-Pilot O-815727 (KIA, Normandy)
1st. Lt. Richard Charles Andrews, Bombardier O-731725 (KIA, Ardennes)
S/Sgt. Stanley M. Szarek, Engineeer-Gunner 32163006 (POW, Stalag Luft IV)
S/Sgt. Delbert Elmer Wagner, Radio-Gunner 37601037 (POW, Stalag Luft III)
S/Sgt. Martin H. Lorda, Tail-Gunner 39397434 (POW, Stalag Luft III)
26-May-44 495th Lt. Al Freighburger
42-95924
Y5-D Rum Buggy
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
RR Bridge 42-95895 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. Robert Jerome Laux, Pilot O-685302 (EVADED)
2nd Lt. Malvin Thomas Ritchey, Co-Pilot O-689273 (EVADED)
2nd Lt. Walter Andrew Boyce, Bombardier O-746852 (POW)
Sgt. Phillip Ruiz, Engineer-Gunner 39559786 (POW)
S/Sgt. Roland Wayne Henry, Radio-Gunner 35574817 (POW)
Sgt. Earl William Butler, Tail Gunner 39569537 (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
RR Bridge 42-107691 flight then peeled off to right with engine smoking and left formation with wheels down appearing to
Y5-H 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 Christian Shewell, Pilot O-749337 (MIA, Normandy WOM)
2nd Lt. William B. Bradford, Co-Pilot O-816410 (KIA)
2nd Lt. James Johnson, Bombardier O-745816 (KIA, Epinal)
Sgt. Mark Wendell Cave, Engineer-Gunner 18201748 (MIA, Lorraine WOM)
S/Sgt. Thomas Ervin Joyner, Radio-Gunner 34665168 (KIA)
Sgt. John Forsythe, Tail Gunner 33592681 (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
RR Bridge 42-107608 afire. There was no reported observation of plane crashing. Five chutes were observed to come from
Y5-T the plane.
Shopworn Angel 1st Lt. Henry Clay Woodrum, Pilot O-742102 (EVADED, SHELTERED IN PARIS UNTIL LIBERATED))
2nd Lt. Irwin Randal Morgan, Jr., Co-Pilot O-2045200 (POW)
S/Sgt Carl Lee Griffith, Bombardier 6249124 (POW)
Sgt. Richard Eugene Burton, Radio-Gunner 35470710 (POW)
Sgt. Thomas Jacob Zagorshi, 37302242 Radio-Gunner (POW)
Sgt. Edwin Lockert Hickey, Tail Gunner 13043208 (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
RR Bridge 42-95858 formation ont of sight. One parachute was observed to come from the plane/
Y5-R Cpt. Jack Willson Seale, Pilot O-666836 (KIA)
1st Lt. Clyttis Alexander Forrester, Co-Pilot O-678220 (KIA)
1st Lt. Eugene Douglas Moffett, Navigator O-669088 (POW / KIA, Epinal)
1st Lt. Ropert Patrick Gilmore, Bombadier O-732458 (KIA, Epinal)
T/Sgt. Marshall Young, Engineer-Gunner 35039217 (POW)
T/Sgt. William Homer Slaton, Radio-Gunner 39245823 (POW)
S/Sgt. Frederick Brice Cessna, Tail-Gunner 35357056 (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
RR Bridge 42-95913 engines were smoking when the plane left formation. Two chutes were observed to come from the
plane.
1st Lt. Sidney Willson Peterson, Pilot O-666810 (KIA)
2nd Lt. Buck Wilson, Co-Pilot O-692595 (POW)
1st Lt. Harry Harvey, Bombardier O-731511 (POW)
T/Sgt. Clyde S. Maddox, Radio-Gunner 18105661 (KIA)
S/Sgt. Calvin Edgar Davis, Engineer-Gunner 33538179 (KIA)
S/Sgt. Earl Renick Trayes, Tail Gunner 36048056 (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
7I-L 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 O-25559 (KIA while parachuting, Fort Sam Houston, Texas)
2nd Lt. Edward Horn, Co-Pilot O-693780 (POW, Stallag Luft III)
2nd Lt. Joseph Johnson, Bombardier O-745821 (Escaped)
T/Sgt. George H. Coon, Radio-Gunner 32550339 (Escaped)
S/Sgt. Samuel M. Gold, Engineer-Gunner 15170081 (POW)
Cpl. Leonard N. Pew, Tail Gunner 17129317 (MIA, Ardennes WOM)
4-Jun-44 Stansted 494th Plane crashed on take-off. Bombs exploded & men killed by blast.
42-95814 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
Beau Guillot 42-95902 a fire in its full bomb bay, the aircraft was pulled out of formation and turned to head back across the
Defended Coastal 7I-G Channel. The pilot’s aim was clearly to ditch and give his crew the chance of being picked up, but the plane
Area exploded in mid-air. Three chutes were seen to leave the plane.
2nd Lt. James Burton McKamey, Pilot O-668479 (MIA, Normandy WOM)
F/O John F. Kechley, Co-Pilot T-61635 (MIA, Normandy WOM)
Sgt. Jess McIntogh Scott, Bombardier (Normally Tailgunner) 39233319 (MIA, Normandy WOM)
S/Sgt. Salvador Joseph Zuniga, Radio-Gunner 39268588 (KIA)
S/Sgt. Manuel Huerta Larini, Engineer-Gunner 19106038 (KIA)
Sgt. Howard Letford Finn, Tail Gunner (Normally Ground Ordenance) 36314543 (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.
Bridge 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)
23-Jul-44 Aberdeen, Scotland 494th Crashed landed at RAF Dyce.
RAF Dyce 42-107542 Frank A. Williams
24-Jul-44 7478 Tours/LaRiche 494th Plane lost to enemy action.
RR Bridge 42-95964 2nd Lt. Robert V. Coulter, Pilot O-816499 (POW, STALAG LUFT III)
2nd Lt. Donald William Virgin, Co-Pilot O-820112 (KIA, Arlington National Cemetary)
S/Sgt. John Emory Ryan, Bombardier 39330262 (POW, STALAG LUFT IV)
S/Sgt. Bernard Blonder, Engineer-Gunner 11041653 (POW, STALAG LUFT IV)
S/Sgt. George C. Blower, Radio-Gunner 15096888 (POW, STALAG LUFT IV)
S/Sgt. Alfred Frances Sutkowski, Tail-Gunner 31344269 (EVADED)
24-Jul-44 Tours/LaRiche 494th Squadron Navigator, lost his life on this mission for which he was the Lead Bombardier.
RR Bridge Capt. James P. Parish (KIA)
9-Aug-44 7848 Brest 495th Plane shot down. All were killed.
Tankers in harbor 42-107686 1st Lt. Raymond Henry Phillips, Pilot O-749310 (KIA)
2nd Lt. James Rudolph Elliott, Jr., Co-Pilot O-816731 (KIA)
Sgt. Williams Clarence Lastinger, Bombardier 14129533 (KIA)
S/Sgt. Harold James Whisenant, Engineer-Gunner 35650228 (KIA)
S/Sgt. James Jessie Moulder, Radio-Gunner 16146929 (KIA)
S/Sgt. Alvin Grady Becker, Tail-Gunner 14149328 (KIA)
12-Aug-44 RAF Sawbridgeworth 494th Crashed landed at RAF Sawbridgeworth
42-107611 John D. Ashford
25-Aug-44 Stansted 495th Plane crashed on take-off. All of the crew was lost.
42-107855 1st. Lt. W.H. Geary, Pilot (KIA)
Y5-W 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 Standon, near 496st Crashed at take-off on cross country hop.
Broken Green Farm 1st. Lt. Joseph S. 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. Carson Wilkes Carrington, Pilot O-747740 (KIA, Arlington)
2nd Lt. Frank Brackoneski, Co-Pilot O-753490 (KIA, Arlington)
2nd Lt. Samuel Maynard Thistlewaite, Bombardier O-712322 (KIA, Arlington)
S/Sgt. Wayne LeRoy Martin, Engineer-Gunner 36566120 (KIA, Ardennes)
Sgt. George Harry Roesser, Radio-Gunner 13127114 (KIA, Beverly Nat Cem, New Jersey)
Pvt. Michael Joseph Flynn, Tail-Gunner 20247952 (KIA, Arlington)
23-Sep-44 9733 Venlo 494th 1st Lt. Jack B. Comstock, Pilot (KIA, Netherlands)
Marshalling Yard 43-34406 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
Marshalling Yard 42-107619 1st Lt. John Bernard Hegg, Jr. Pilot O-799689 (RTD)
Capt. William Reitz, Co-Pilot O-429852 (KIA, Netherlands)
2nd Lt. Reginald Eular McNeil, Bombardier O-681932 (RTD)
S/Sgt. Bruno John Liptak, Tail-Gunner 36363590 (RTD)
T/Sgt. Thomas Cullen Wilcox, Radio-Gunner 35602123 (RTD)
Pvt. Orville Maurice Riggs, Engineer-Gunner 20821452 (RTD)
UNIT MOVED TO STATION A-59, CORMEILLES-EN-VEXIN, FRANCE (30 Sept 1944)
2-Oct-44 Damaged by AAA
42-95980
6-Oct-44 9219 Arnhem 495th Plane destroyed by flak.
Highway bridge 42-95918 1st Lt. Herbert Holbrook Moore, Jr., Pilot O-792549
2nd Lt. Albert Joclyn Allen, Co-Pilot O-705089
2nd Lt. Edward Adan Sadula, Bombardier O-765728 (KIA, Ardennes)
S/Sgt. B.A. Bielinski, Engineer-Gunner 37315267
Sgt. Einar Huested Nielsen, Carpet Operator 37656315
Sgt. George Millimer Boyer,Tail-Gunner 19034030 (KIA, Summit County, Utah)
S/Sgt. Norman Harold Truax, Radio-Gunner 37472042 (KIA, Ardennes)
19-Nov-44 13038 Neuwied 494th Aircraft was hit by flak resulting in death of both men.
RR Bridge 42-96214 Capt. Webster S. Allyn, Pilot
S/Sgt. Edward Bosack
15-Dec-44 France A-59 494th Crashed
42-95874 Curtis S. Seebalt
27-Dec-44 Ahrweiler 495th Plane ran out of gas. Crew bailed out at approx. 300 ft. Lt. Fleming remained with plane.
RR Bridge 1st Lt. L. Fleming III, Pilot (KIA)
1st Lt. C.A. Gouge, Co-Pilot (KIA)
1st. Lt. Norman D. Carlson, Bombardier (KIA) O-760155 Epinal
T/Sgt. E.J. McNulty, Radio-Gunner (KIA)
T/Sgt. J.H. Chevalier, Engineer-Gunner (safely parachuted)
S/Sgt. R.E. Farley, Tail-Gunner (safely parachuted)
29-Dec-44 France A-59 497th Crash landing, engine failure.
42-95976 John S. Donnelly
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)
6-Jan-45 France A-59 496 Crashed
42-95871 Capt. Caldwell
16-Jan-45 Bullay 494th Crashed shortly after take-off and while joining up.
RR Bridge 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
1/29/45 France A-59 497th Crashed on take-off France A-59
42-95864 Lt. Witherbee
10-Feb-45 12196 Harren 495th Aircraft shot down. Pilot bailed out in friendly territory and crew bailed out over enemy territory.
Communications 1st Lt. Humphrey Marshall Mallory, Pilot, O-793142 RTD
2nd Lt. Clarence Lee Earley, Jr., Co-Pilot, O-713370 POW
2nd Lt. Walter Gene Harden, Bombardier, O-2068029 RTD
T/Sgt. John Henry Chevalier, Engineer-Gunner, 32397099 POW
T/Sgt. Wilbur Carlos Farrell, Radio-Gunner, 14081743 POW
S/Sgt. Edward Charles McCarter, Tail-Gunner, 17021312 (KIA Netherlands)
10-Feb-45 Harren 495th Fatally wounded by flak thru tail turret.
Communications S/Sgt. C. Vanderlugt, Tail-Gunner (KIA)
13-Feb-45 12221 Euskirchen 494th Two aircraft shot down. 12 personnel listed as missing -in-action.
RR Bridge 42-95921 2nd Lt. Hugh L. Yeager, Jr., Pilot, O-715914 (KIA, Zachary Taylor, KY)
2nd Lt. Robert John Forden, Co-Pilot, O-709559 (KIA, King City, CA)
F/O Neil William Boylan, Bombardier, T-128939 (KIA, Zachary Taylor, KY)
Sgt. Norman Eugene Dwight, Engineer-Gunner, 3941636 EUS
Sgt. Otha Wilson Hester, Radio-Gunner, 34803492 (KIA, Zachary Taylor, KY)
S/Sgt. Charles Woodrow Bloucher, Tail-Gunner, 35142958 (KIA, Friendship Park, IN)
13-Feb-45 12305 Euskirchen 497th Plane received a direct hit on bomb run. Possibly one chute was seen.
RR Bridge 42-95862 1st Lt. Angil Ross William Jr., Pilot O-704862
7I-M 2nd Lt. Maurice Fulmer Crowley, Co-Pilot O-711857
2nd Lt. James P. Brown, Bombardier-Navigator, O-722643
S/Sgt. Albert John Ryder, Engineer-Gunner 12216825
S/Sgt. Alphonse Anthony Zabinski, Radio-gunner 32833859
Sgt. Cruz Coyaso, Tail-Gunner 39276672
14-Feb-45 12344 Engers 5 Aircraft shot down. 31 personnel listed as missing.
RR Bridge 495th Hit over target. 3 chutes seen to leave plane.
42-95917 Capt. Thomas Gouch Brennan, Jr., Pilot O-793959 (POW)
Y5-J 2nd Lt. Frederick William LaFountaine, Jr., Co-Pilot O-714713 (KIA, Luxembourg)
SHOPWORN 2nd Lt. Harry William Zuest, Bombardier O-2068152 (KIA, Netherlands)
ANGEL Sgt. Edward Joseph Monahan, Engineer-Gunner 12144326 (KIA, Netherlands)
Sgt. Koy Fred Pace, Radio-Gunner 38519975 (POW)
Sgt. Willard Alexander Delaven, Tail-Gunner 11108168 (POW)
14-Feb-45 12386 Engers 496th 1st Lt. Gordon K. Holm, Pilot (KIA)
RR Bridge 43-34332 2nd Lt. William M. Holman, Co-Pilot (POW)
N3-G 2nd Lt. Phillip G. Mulholland, Bombardier (KIA)
Sgt. Melvin B. Rabalis, Engineer-Gunner (KIA)
Sgt. William A. Spear, Radio-Gunner (POW)
Sgt. Frank L. McKenny, Tail-Gunner (KIA)
14-Feb-45 12352 Engers 497th Plane shot down at target.
RR Bridge 42-95914 1st Lt. William Riley Jones, Pilot (KIA – Netherlands) O-760860
Shirley Ann 1st Lt. Richard Carroll Light, Co-Pilot (KIA – ZACHARY TAYLOR KY) O-822950
1st Lt. Melvin Ray O’Brian, Bombardier (KIA – ZACHARY TAYLOR KY) O-712211
1st Lt. John Edward Knight, GEE Operator (KIA – ZACHARY TAYLOR KY) O-735319
T/Sgt. Uel Milton Myers, Engineer-Gunner (KIA – ZACHARY TAYLOR KY) 36657182
S/Sgt. Norman Derwood Polk, Radio-Gunner (POW) 33676696
S/Sgt. Peter Newton Dudley, Tail-Gunner (KIA – ZACHARY TAYLOR KY) 19113146
14-Feb-45 12387 Engers 497th Plane shot down at target.
RR Bridge 43-34196 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.
RR Bridge 42-95900 1st Lt. Robert Clyde Meppen, Pilot O-410683 (POW)
2nd Lt. Glenn Richard Farthing, Co-Pilot O-715172 (POW)
2nd Lt. Gustave Philip Larson, Jr., Bombardier O-685494 (POW)
Sgt. James Chiari, Jr., Engineer-Gunner 32768604 (KIA)
T/Sgt. Samuel Louis Myers, Radio-Gunner 3133606 (KIA)
Sgt. Elman Cheramie, Tail-Gunner 38493255 (KIA)
23-Feb-45 12649 Erkelenz 497th Plane shot down. 8 personnel missing.
Communications 43-34565 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 42-107698 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
3-Mar-45 France A-59 495th Engine failure and crash.
42-95908 Gregg P. Nolen
3-Mar-45 France A-59 497th Mid-air collision
42-95978 Arthur A. Pekkala (4-22-2004)
5-Mar-45 France A-59 496th Crash on take-off due to engine failure.
42-95940 Emiel J. Larson
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 1st. Lt. Lewis E. Lanford, Pilot O-433088 (KIA, Zachary Taylor, KY)
BATTLE BABY 2nd. Lt. Clarence Sylvester Lohnes, Co-Pilot O-782311 (POW)
N-3 1st. Lt. Harry Milton Hague, Bombardier O-744309 (KIA, Zachary Taylor, KY)
2nd. Lt. Charles Franklin Athy, Jr. GO O-2061221 (POW)
T/Sgt. George A. Glick, Engineer-Gunner 37351621 (POW)
T/Sgt. George Boardingham, JR. Radio-Gunner 20249506 (KIA, Zachary Taylor, KY)
S/Sgt. Cecil G. Barnes, Tail-Gunner 37046288 (KIA, Zachary Taylor, KY)
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, (KIA) 37528422
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 (KIA, US Military Cemetary #1 Stromberg, Germany) O-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 Lt. Smith, Pilot
N3U Sgt. Patee
Sgt. White
28-Mar-45 Neuenheerse 496th N3A & N3S collided on the approach to the runway, killing all crew members.
Oil Depot 42-95861 2nd Lt. Arthur M. Williamson, Pilot (KIA, Epinal) O-2060179
2nd Lt. John R. Gersting (KIA, Epinal)
2nd Lt. Quinn L. Smith (KIA)
Cpl. George I. Burton (KIA)
28-Mar-45 Neuenheerse 496th 2nd Lt. Walter H. Hedstrom, Pilot (KIA, Epinal) O-719643
Oil Depot 42-95974
UNIT MOVED TO STATION A-78 FLORENNES-JUZAINE, BELGIUM (5 Apr 1945)
10-Apr-45 Belgium A-78 497th Landing accident.
42-95903 Robert L. Butler
7I-F
13-May-45 Heiziingen, Belgium 494th All killed on a low level navigational mission.
42-96048 1st Lt. Clyde T. Whitehead, Pilot (KIA, Ardennes)
F/O Sammie E. Teague, Jr., Co-Pilot (KIA, Ardennes)
F/O Richard W. Paulsen, Bombardier (KIA)
1st. Lt. Glenn O. Waters, Observer (KIA, Forrest Lawns, LA, CA)
Sgt. Robert G. Riddell, Engineer-Gunner (KIA, Woodlawn, Elmira, NY)
Sgt. Morris W. Van Triese, Radio-Gunner (KIA)
Sgt. Irvin F. Van Blaroan, Aerial-Gunner (KIA)
Cpl. William M. Drennon, Tail-Gunner (KIA, Ardennes)
23-May-45 Belgium A-78 497th Crashed
42-95896 John Zubeck
31-May-45 Blankenburghe 495 Plane crashed in the North Sea on a splash gunnery practice mssion.
Gunnery Range 43-34395 1st Lt. Harrell L. Foxx, Pilot
North Sea 1st Lt. Richard E. Robinson, Co-Pilot
2nd Lt. Don P. Malchiodi, Bombardier
2nd Lt. John J. Dimitre, Navigator
T/Sgt. John E. Doyle, Engineer-Gunner
S/Sgt. James J. Dunn, Radio-Gunner
S/Sgt. Robert P. Stout, Aerial Gunner
10-Sep-45 Trauchgau, Germany 495th Plane crashed into side of mountain during intense fog conditions.
Capt. Jerald Davies
Lt. Flourney L. Choate, Jr.
Lt. Barnard J. Ferry
Lt. Gregory L. Larsen
F/O Leroy L. Luno
F/O Pugh G. Rogers
S/Sgt. Harley A. Warren
F/O Albert C. Frederick
10-Sep-45 Fucsen, Germany 497th Killed in a plane crash in line of duty.
PFC Joachim Schact

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