Assigned to 417th BS, 25th BG. Lost on gunnery practice mission. A/C went out of control and crashed into sea after making pass on target drogue, possible that crew damaged controls with guns, stops may have been incorrectly set. Crashed into the ocean about thirty miles north of Borinquen Field Puerto Rico. Only one crew member baled out, suffering a broken ankle due to the low height at which he baled out. 1 x RTD, 4 x KIFA. MACR 1635.
Crew: 1Lt James D Ball, 2Lt Jefferson C Hornsby, Jr, S/Sgt Fred M Hoover RTD, T/Sgt Dale L Beatty, S/Sgt Joseph T Dwyer, S/Sgt Carl F O'Neil.
The 25th Bombardment Group (Reconnaissance) was constituted in the days after D-Day and activated in England in August 1944 to carry out photographic and mapping missions over mainland Europe as the Allied armies pushed east. The Group were designated...
||Inglewood, CA, USA
Built at North American.
||Off Borinquen, Aguadilla, Puerto Rico
||13 January 1944
Lost on gunnery practice mission. Crashed into the ocean about thirty miles north of Borinquen Field Puerto Rico. 1 x RTD, 4 x KIFA. MACR 1635.