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Charles William Estes

Military

Assigned to 596BS, 397BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to the railroad bridge at Eller, Germany on the Mosel River. Hit by direct flak hit, A/C came apart at the turret and crashed NE of St Vith. No chutes observed. Killed in Action (KIA). 23-Dec-44. MACR 11483.

Awards: PH.

Service

People

  • William Collins

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-pilot | 397th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 596BS, 397BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to the railroad bridge at Eller, Germany on the Mosel River. Hit by direct flak hit, A/C came apart at the turret and crashed NE of St Vith. No chutes observed. Killed in...

  • Bruno Daszkiewicz

    Military | Sergeant | Armorer/Gunner | 397th Bomb Group
    Bruno was born in Illinois, the son of Frank and Charlotte Daszkiewicz, on 15 Jun 1927. Being eager to serve, he lied about his age and enlisted in the Army Air Force on 19 Jul 1943 in Chicago. He was just 16, but a strapping lad. After training, he...

  • William Epps

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 397th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 596BS, 397BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to the railroad bridge at Eller, Germany on the Mosel River. Hit by direct flak hit, A/C came apart at the turret and crashed NE of St Vith. No chutes observed. Killed in...

  • George Hofmann

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 397th Bomb Group
    George was born at home at 850 Columbus Avenue in New York City on September 28, 1917. At that time his father, John, worked for the railroad and eventually became a chauffer. His mother was busy at home raising three other children. George had the...

  • Abraham Korn

    Military | Private | Gunner | 397th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 596BS, 397BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to the railroad bridge at Eller, Germany on the Mosel River. Hit by direct flak hit, A/C came apart at the turret and crashed NE of St Vith. No chutes observed. Killed in...

  • Craig Lewis

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 397th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 596BS, 397BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to the railroad bridge at Eller, Germany on the Mosel River. Hit by direct flak hit, A/C came apart at the turret and crashed NE of St Vith. No chutes observed. Killed in...

  • James Negri

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Filght engineer | 397th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 596BS, 397BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to the railroad bridge at Eller, Germany on the Mosel River. Hit by direct flak hit, A/C came apart at the turret and crashed NE of St Vith. No chutes observed. Killed in...

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Units served with

Aircraft

  • 42-96144 'Bank Nite Betty'

    B-26 Marauder
    Assigned to 596BS, 397BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to the railroad bridge at Eller, Germany on the Mosel River. Hit by direct flak hit, A/C came apart at the turret and crashed NE of St Vith. No chutes observed. 7 x KIA (KIA)....

Missions

  • 757

    23 December 1944

Associated Place

  • Rivenhall

    Military site : airfield
    Originally allocated to the Eighth Air Force as a heavy bomber base, Rivenhall was built during 1943-44 but transferred to the Ninth Air Force before construction was complete. It had three concrete runways, 51 loop hardstandings and two dispersed T2...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Caldwell County, MO, USA 5 January 1919

Son of James Floyd and Lela [Fowler] Estes.

Lived in Polo, MO 64671, USA 1941
Enlisted Fort Leonard Wood, MO 65473, USA 26 January 1942

Fort Leonard Wood
Missouri

Based Rivenhall 1944 – 23 December 1944

Assigned to 596BS, 397BG, 9AF USAAF.

Died St Vith, Belgium 23 December 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to the railroad bridge at Eller, Germany on the Mosel River. Hit by direct flak hit, A/C came apart at the turret and crashed NE of St Vith. No chutes observed. KIA. MACR 11483.

Buried St. Louis, MO, USA 6 September 1950

Interred
Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery
St Louis
Missouri

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