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Charles J. Searl's Crew. Back row: (L-R) 2nd Lt. Leo C. Walsh-Bombardier, 2nd Lt. Albert L. Dion-Co-pilot, 2nd Lt. Charles J. Searl-Pilot, 2nd Lt. Saul J. Kempner-Navigator. Front row: (L-R) Sgt. Orville M. Wilson-Waist Gunner, S/Sgt. James A. Beaty-Engineer, Sgt. Alfred Bueffel-Ball Turret, Sgt. Albert W. Knight-Waist Gunner, Sgt. Cecil E. Kennedy-Radio Operator, Sgt. Frank A. Snyder-Tail Gunner. Photo was taken in early 1944 believed to be at "Rapid City "base. The aircraft in the photo is believed to be airframe 42-97267 “The Tomahawk Warrior” which was reassigned to the 381st BG at Ridgewell and a different B-17 to the one the crew were flying the day they were killed and which was B-17 G-DG 42-107191.

Connections

Units

  • 398th Bomb Group

    398th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 398th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Nuthampstead, Hertfordshire on strategic bombing raids over Germany. The Group switched focus in the days before D-Day, when they targeted enemy positions on the Cherbourg peninsula. When the Allied...

  • 600th Bomb Squadron

People

  • James Beaty

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer
    Killed in Action (KIA) 12 August 1944 in B-17 near Penn, England. Exploded in route to target.

  • Alfred Bueffel

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner
    Killed in Action (KIA) 12 August 1944 in B-17 near Penn, England. on B-17, 42-107191, exploded in route to target.

  • Albert Dion

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
    Killed in Action (KIA) 12 August 1944 in B-17 near Penn, England. Exploded in route to target

  • Saul Kempner

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator
    Wounded in action 8 July 1944 on Humieres mission. Killed in Action (KIA) 12 August 1944 in B-17 near Penn, England. Exploded in route. Purple Heart (July 1944)

  • Cecil Kennedy

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator
    Killed in Action (KIA) 12 August 1944 in B-17G near Penn, England.

  • Albert Knight

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    Killed in Action (KIA) 12 August 1944 in B-17 (42-107191) near Penn, England, exploded en- route to target.

  • Charles Searl

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    Killed in Action (KIA) 12 August 1944 in B-17G 42-107191 near Penn, England. The aircraft exploded on impact with ground at Lude Farm, whilst en-route to target. Aircraft was carrying 38 100lb AN M-30 GP Bombs for target at Luc airfield, Versailles,...

  • Frank Snyder

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner

  • Leo Walsh

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier
    Killed in Action (KIA) 12 August 1944 in B-17 near Penn, England.

  • Orville Wilson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner
    Killed in Action (KIA) 12 August 1944 in B-17 near Penn, England.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 February 2019 09:23:34 DHardie Changes to caption
Sources

Caption corrected to cross reference other archive photographs of The Tomahawk Warrior.

Date Contributor Update
15 June 2017 08:42:06 DHardie Changes to caption
Sources

Based on other photographs of 42-927267 held by the National Archives and info provided by 398th.org

Date Contributor Update
15 September 2016 09:07:44 emma simpson Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

398th Bomb Group Collection via Nuthampstead Airfield Museum.

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