42-109830 Daisy Mae Skraggs

Assigned to 704BS, 466BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Granville, France 8-Jun-44 with Odgen crew; downed by fighters, 2 x engines out and fire in lower nose and bomb bay, crew abandoned A/C over the channel. 5 x KIA, 5 x POW MACR 5482

“On June 8, 1944, our bomber group, the 446th B 24 Liberator group, due to overcast weather did not attack its initial target, the Laval airstrip and dropped its bombs on the Granville station, through a cloudy sky, making the results random and invisible. Our squadron was attacked by 15 x Me 109 fighters. Immediately after leaving our objective around 10:30 am, the plane was strafed and fire immediately broke out in the fuselage. Engines 1 and 2 were hit. He was winning so quickly that we risked exploding at any time and I gave the order to quit.

Sergeant Leedy Lewis was killed in flight. He had just called from his upper turret, "Captain!" "I had one !!", Before being cut down by a burst of 20 mm. But, to my knowledge, everyone else jumped despite the fact that we were over the ocean.

"Daisy" exploded shortly after we left and the pieces fell on the Isle of Chausey which, to my astonishment, presented itself to my gaze just below. Five members of the crew, including myself, were rescued and recovered by fishermen from Île Chausey. Despite the searches, the others could not be found at the time. Sergeant Griffith, for example, was one of the first to jump and he was not injured. I think, having fallen too far out to sea, he drowned along with Allaman, Nace and Sawyer. Leedy's body was found in the wreckage of the plane and we buried him on the island. Later, after the war, the US authorities came to look for him and he is now buried in the Saint-James military cemetery ”. words of Pilot 1st Lt James Q. Ogden

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Units served with

A flight of B-24 Liberators of the 446th Bomb Group fly in formation above the clouds.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 446th Bomb Group 704th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 17033835 / O-697975
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Bombardier
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 446th Bomb Group 704th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 13054294
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Tail Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 446th Bomb Group 704th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 39410722
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Ball Turret Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 446th Bomb Group 704th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 16081131 / O-709409
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Navigator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 446th Bomb Group 704th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 13002013
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Top Turret Gunner

Places

Aerial photograph of Bungay (Flixton) airfield, looking south, the technical site- with T2 hangar- and control tower are to the right, where the main airfield gate is also situated, 16 October 1945. Photograph taken by No. 541 Squadron, sortie number RAF/106G/UK/930. English Heritage (RAF Photography).
  • Site type: Airfield
  • Known as: Flixton

Events

Event Location Date Description

Other

Failed to Return (FTR) Over Water (OW)

Les Isles Chaucey 1944-06-08 Downed by fighters over channel, after it exploded, parts landed on Isles Chaucey.

Assigned

Bungay, UK Assigned to 704BS, 466BG, 8AF USAAF.

Revisions

Date10 Jan 2022 10:13:06
ContributorAl_Skiff
Date27 Sep 2014 18:40:16
ContributorAAM
Sources

MACR 5482 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database