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James A Soesbe

Military

Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at St Zizier in B-24 42-52348

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People

  • George Koehn

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 458th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at St Zizier in B-24 #4252348

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Units served with

  • 458th Bomb Group

    458th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 458th Bomb Group (H) entered combat with the 8th Air Force in February 1944. Based at Horsham St. Faith in England, the combat crews participated in the decisive Campaigns 'Big Week', 'Big B', D-Day and the assault on Germany's oil industry waged...

  • 752nd Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

Associated Place

  • Horsham St Faith

    Military site : airfield
    Horsham St Faith was an RAF Bomber Command Station opened in June 1940. It was home to Bristol Blenheim medium-bombers, and was for a time occupied by fighters, including those of No. 19 Squadron and No. 264 Squadron. From September 1942 the airfield...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Clinton, Iowa, USA 1923
Enlisted Rockford, IL, USA 26 November 1942

Camp Grant

Killed in Action (KIA) English Channel 24 September 1944

The crew departed from Horsham St. Faith and arrived safely at the assigned destination of St. Dizier, which was not too far from the front lines. After off-loading their cargo of gasoline it was too late to return to Horsham, so the crew stayed the night. On the morning of September 24th, the crew departed from St. Dizier and headed for their home base. They would have been flying low over the approximate route that they had used on the trip the previous day. According to Hudson’'s casualty report, he heard Soesbe say, “"The damn fools are shooting at us!" before the inter-phone was knocked out. The route back to Horsham should have crossed the coast line at the Belgian-Dutch border, but they may have drifted a little to the right of the direct route. Also, there may have been pockets of Germans that did not show up on any flak maps. No one will ever know for sure. Hudson could not contact the flight deck again and flames were apparently going through the fuselage. He bailed out of a waist window, but not before he was badly burned. After he bailed out the ship exploded. All of those empty drop tanks in the bomb bays made the returning planes flying bombs. His parachute apparently was not too badly burned and he landed in an area where he was taken prisoner. His burns were severe enough that he was treated at a German hospital

Buried 1945

No Known Grave
Tablets of the Missing
Netherlands American Cemetery

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 June 2016 20:19:23 466thHistorian Changes to service number, events, person associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.458bg.com/crewbj21koehn.htm

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:14:06 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 9574 / MACR 9574 & Page 412 in the book 2ND AIR DIVISIONby Turner Publishing Company, 1998 edition (D790.A2S45) & Page 282 of the book LIBERATORS OVER NORWICH by Mackay, Bailry & Scorza, 2010, D790G4582010 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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