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Ernest A Keyes

Military

Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed near Rotterdam in B-24 Hot Box #4129374

Service

People

  • Milton Goode

    Military | Sergeant (Technician Fourth Grade) | Top Turret Gunner | 466th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed near Rotterdam on 8/9/44 in B-24 Hot Box #4129374 POW

  • George Grover

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 466th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed near Rotterdam on 8/9/44 in B-24 Hot Box #4129374 Released from Prisoner of War (POW) camp on 17 Apr 45 and died in British hospital 18 Apr 45 POW

  • Oreste Lottinger

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Right Waist Gunner | 466th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed near Rotterdam in B-24 Hot Box #4129374 POW

  • Thomas McNamara

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 466th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed near Rotterdam on 8/9/44 in B-24 Hot Box #4129374 POW

  • Ormond Smith

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 466th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed near Rotterdam in B-24 Hot Box #4129374

  • Walter Zaremba

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 466th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed near Rotterdam in B-24 Hot Box #4129374 on 8/9/44 POW

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Units served with

  • 466th Bomb Group

    466th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 466th Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators from Attlebridge, Norfolk, during the last year of the war in Europe. The Group flew 232 missions in the course of the year and celebrated the 100th one by inviting local people onto the base to mark the...

  • 785th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

Missions

  • 533

    9 August 1944

Associated Place

  • Attlebridge

    Military site : airfield
    Attlebridge was constructed for RAF use and completed to that standard in 1942. However, with news that it was to be assigned to the American Air Force, the runways were extended and additional hardstandings and outbuildings constructed for the heavy...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Northbridge, MA, USA 25 November 1916
Lived in Whitinsville, Northbridge, MA, USA 1942

5 Arcade Street

Died 3181 Rozenburg, Netherlands 9 August 1944

Liberator Hot Box crashed on the island Rozenburg in the area known as "de Beer".
785th squadron of 466st BG left her base at Attlebridge, Norfolk on August 9th, 1944 for a bomb mission to Saarbrücken, Germany. One of the planes called "Hot Box" was attacked by fighters when entering the target area. Three of the engines were damaged and the liberator could not keep up with the main bomb force. It succesfully fought of an attack by Me-109's and escorted by two P-38fighters tried to reach its base. The problems were so severe that the pilot decided to turn around over the Nort Sea and return to the mainland where he ordered his crew to abandone the plane. His co-pilot and navigator stayed on board and assisted the pilot in his attempt to make an emergency landing on the island of Rozenburg. The emergency landing failed and the pilot was killed in the crash. The co-pilot survived the crash but sustained severe injuries to the head. He was transported to the hospital at the "Van Alkemadelaan" in the Hague, were he died within 10 min. after his arrival. Only the navigator would survive the crash.

At least one crew member was fished out of the water of the "Nieuwe Waterweg" near Oostvoorne with severe injuries but must have survived as all other crew members are listed POW.

Buried 1945

Plot H Row 9 Grave 11
Netherlands American Cemetery
Margraten, Netherlands

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
09 July 2016 03:15:16 466thHistorian Changes to events
Sources

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=116318124

Date Contributor Update
11 August 2015 02:20:26 466thHistorian Changes to service number, awards, events and place associations
Sources

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:09:13 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 7380 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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