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Edward C McCarter remembered by Dutch friends (Sexy Sal II)

Subject: 495 bomb sq 344
From: corriekabo@gmail.com
Date: Sun, 3 May 2015 19:38:40 +0200
To: damonbok@hotmail.com

Dear Carl,
 
You created a wonderful website....a wonderful tribute to your dad. My name is Corrie and I live in Holland in Bunde, a small place near Margraten, the location of  the American Cimetary. I live there since 9 years, I am from Amsterdam. 
In 2010 we 'adopted' a fallen soldier. Me and my family visite Margraten several times a year. the cimetary and the Walls of the Missing are very impressive.
The name of 'our' soldier is Edward C McCarter, he is one of the names on your list. I was wondering if there is anybody who knows a little bit more about him....or even have a picture of him. May be I could find some relatives....
Dear Carl, what is the best wayto start my search.
 
Thank you,
 
Greetings Corrie

Verstuurd vanaf mijn iPad

Corrie,

We got lucky because I found quite a bit about the man and the plane and the mission!;

His plane was the Sexy Sal II  42-107607  Y5-Z
344th BG 495th Bomb squadron (same as my father!)
Plane shot down 10/2/1945  accident report Macr 12196 (Shot down by flak over the target)
Mission: Supply center at Horrem, Germany
Crew:
Pilot  1st Lt. Humphrey Marshall Mallory (bailed out last, came down safely in allied lines)
Co-Pilot 2nd Lt. ClarenceLee Earley, Jnr (bailed out, came down in enemy territory, POW)
Bombardier/Navigator  2nd Lt. Walter Gene Harden (came down in no-mans land, evaded capture and made it to allied line)
Radio/Waist Gunner T/Sgt. Wilburn Carlos Farrell (bailed out, POW)
Engineer Top Turret  T/Sgt. John Henry Chavalier (bailed out, POW)
Tail Gunner/Armorer S/Sgt. Edward Charles McCarter (bailed out, came down in enemy territory, drowned crossing the Roer river attempting to reach allied lines)

Other info:  The plane was delivered from the Martin Omaha plant. Next listed as Omaha, Nebraska (ATC) from 21/1/44. Then flown by Atlanta, Georgia (ATC Ferry) from 29/1/44, to the 3rd AF staging area at Hunter Field, Savannah, Georgia (from 30/1/44). Flown overseas to the UK via the Southern Ferry Route (Listed as Caribbean Wing), departing the USA on 9/2/44. The record card then lists, SOXO A (Europe) on 9/2/44, and SOXO R (Europe) on 24/2/44. Entered service with the 344th BG on 6/7/44. Shot down by flak just after releasing bombs on the 10/2/45 mission to Horrem, Germany. The crew bailed out over the battle line. enemy territory and no-mans land. Five of them came down in enemy territory and no-mans land. Four were captured, one man drowned attempting to swim across the Roer river to allied lines. The pilot, 1st Lt. Humphrey Marshall Mallory was the last man to bail out and he came down safely in allied territory. The aircraft crashed at Krefeld in the vicinity of Hinesberg, Germany. The final entry on the aircraft record card lists, GLUE 9AF CON MIA on 10/2/45.

Carl Carrozza damonbok@hotmail.com

One Response to “Edward C McCarter remembered by Dutch friends (Sexy Sal II)”

  1. Corrie Kamma says:

    Hi Carl,

    Thank you for such detailed information. I will send you a copy of the ‘adoption’ certificate from my desktop.

    Gr. Corrie Kamma

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