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On the return from a mission to Munster, Germany. on 22 Dec 1943 the A/C was ditched in the Zuider Zee.

Returned from Münster high above the clouds. Three engines damaged by the Münster-Flak, lost speed and altitude. Near the south-eastern coastline of Lake IJsselmeer (Old Zuyder Sea), the other a/c in the formation witnessed aircraft '638' gliding down under the clouds, out of further view. Pilot gave order to jump, 3 men bailed out (drowned). Eventually the B-24 belly landed, unseen, in the icecold lake. Weather conditions were bad. Co-pilot Charles Taylor was picked up by a German boat by coincidence, only survivor. Wreck recovered 1975 with 4 MIA on board. In the final clearing of the wreckage, the 5th MIA was found.

A detailed account can be found at http://www.zzairwar.nl/dossiers/148.html
MACR 1714.

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Units served with

  • Unit Hierarchy: Squadron
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs 66th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 14080954
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Top Turret Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs 66th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 19087360
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Radio Operator Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs 66th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 19108009
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Waist Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs 66th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 39064175
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Waist Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs 66th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: T-60679
  • Highest Rank: Flight Officer
  • Role/Job: Pilot

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Failed to Return

Lake IJsselmeer 22 December 1943

Revisions

Date25 May 2021 13:10:14
ContributorPulk Pelder
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Pulk Pelder

Date24 May 2021 11:26:42
Date28 Feb 2020 20:58:20
Contributorjmoore43
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Added information to the "Description" that I gleaned from the MACR 1714 at Fold3.com.

Date28 Feb 2020 05:49:06
Contributorjmoore43
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Added the A/C nickname mentioned in the "Summary biography" of severable of the crew from the mission on 22 December 1943.

Date28 Feb 2020 05:45:36
Contributorjmoore43
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Added the MACR to the "Description" section per records at Fold3.com.

Date27 Sep 2014 18:41:06
ContributorAAM
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MACR 1714 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database