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History book from Surbough France, where the B24 of Edward Appel's crew crashed. The crash was observed by then 8 year old Joseph Scharrenberger of Subourg. Joseph retold the story to Edward's children in Nov, 2014. Marie Fassel, 9 years at the time, was also an eyewitness at the crash. She talk about retrieving the parachutes and making dresses out of them. The meeting was arranged by Gerard Ober, historian of Hochfelden.



  • 389th Bomb Group

    389th Bomb Group

    The 389th Bomb Group, known in more familiar terms as "the Sky Scorpions", flew strategic bombing missions in B-24 Liberators from Hethel, England. They also sent detachments to join bases in North Africa at Benghazi No. 10, Libya, between 3 July 1943...

  • 564th Bomb Squadron


  • Paul Anderson

    Military | Captain | Observer
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed near Surburg in B-24 #4250511

  • Edward Appel

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Co-Pilot, Bomber Pilot, Fighter Pilot
    Edward Appel was one of the few Pilots who completed tours both in a Bomber Group (30 missions) and as a fighter pilot (17 missions) in the European Theater of Operations (ETO). His bomber was the B-24 Liberator the Latrine Rumor, B-24 (Number 42...

  • William Beasley

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed near Surburg in B-24 #4250511 on 9/5/44

  • Charles Davis

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier
    Crashed near Surburg in B-24 #42-50511, Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Kenneth Frazee

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot
    Prisoner of War (POW). Was Pilot of B-24 #42-50511 which crashed near Surbourg, Alsace, France on 5 September 1944. MACR 8599.

  • Raymond Keller

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed near Surburg on 9/5/44 in B-24 #4250511

  • Maynard Latten

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed near Surburg in B-24 #4250511

  • Theodore Rachel

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier
    Crashed near Surburg in B-24 42-50511, Killed in Action (KIA).

  • George Steele

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed near Surbug in B-24 #4250511

  • Charles Steinforth

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator
    Evaded (EVD) Crashed near Surburg on 9/5/44 in B-24 #4250511

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  • 42-50511

    B-24 Liberator
    This plane was piloted by Lt Frazee and co-pilot Captain Edward Appel on its last mission on 5 September 1944. Its target was the Marshalling yards near Karlsruhe. It was flying deputy lead and on formation instruments nearly all the way. Just before...


  • 605

    5 September 1944


  • Hethel

    Military site : airfield
    Construction of Hethel airfield began in 1941, and was finished in late 1942. The number of hardstandings was increased from the planned 36 to 50 in 1942, in order to accommodate a full heavy bomb group. The 320th Bomb Group occupied the base for ten...


Date Contributor Update
21 November 2018 16:40:57 ED-BB Changes to person associations, place associations and mission associations

MACR 8599

Date Contributor Update
15 May 2015 13:53:02 jpendolino Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations and person associations

Juliann Pendolino, daughter