Assigned to B-17F 41-24510 "Snoozy II" 306BG/367BS as the Pilot. KIA 9-Oct-42 while on a mission to bomb the aircraft plants at Lille, France. The aircraft was attacked by German fighters and he and his co-pilot, 2Lt Joseph N Gates were killed instantly. The aircraft went into a spin, but three of the crew managed to bale out of the doomed aircraft before it crashed near Nechin, Belgium.
Units served with
Constituted as 306th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 28 Jan 1942. Activated on 1 Mar 1942. Trained for combat with B-17's. Moved to England, Aug-Sep 1942, and assigned to Eighth AF Eighth Air Force in September 1942 Station 111 Thurleigh. During combat,...
B-17 Flying Fortress
Assigned 367BS/306BG Westover 16-Aug-42; to Thurleigh 27-Sep-42; Missing in Action Lille 9-Oct-42 shot down by hptm Priller (III/JG26), crashed railway line Tournai, near Nechin (Menen), Belgium; (first aircraft loss of group) MACR 6706. SNOOZY II....
9 October 1942
Bombers are dispatched to bomb the steel and engineering works of the Compagnie de Fives at Lille, France and the locomotive and freight car works of Ateliers d'Hellemmes at Lille which are the Primary (P) targets. Other targets are Courtrai Airfield,...
Military site : airfield
Built for RAF use in 1941-42, Thurleigh was initially used by RAF Bomber Command before being handed over to the Eighth Air Force. Its runways and hardstandings were improved, and the B-17s of the 306th Bomb Group began using the base. It was their...
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Buried in the Southern Cemetery of Lille, France. Exact grave location in cemetery undetermined.