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Crew #637
John S. Archer, Jr. Crew
466th BG - 786th BS

Standing Left to Right: Thomas L. Bell (CP), John S. Archer (P), Doyle E. Stegall (B), Norman Peck (N)

Kneeling Left to Right: William A. Lowen (FE), Donald E. McCarty (R/O), Robert J. Lehman (NTG), Harry A. Clark (WG), John M. Capps (TG), Edward B. Philo (TTG)

This crew was shot down by Me109's over the Netherlands on 15 August 1944. Archer, Bell, Peck, Lehman and Philo were all KIA. McCarty, Lowen and Capps were all captured. Clark successfully evaded capture. Stegall was not aboard when the crew were shot down however the 466th BG Ammunition Officer ,William Leslie was aboard and was also captured.

Connections

Units

  • 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...

  • 786th Bomb Squadron

People

  • John Archer

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    Shot down by fighters and crashed at Zui Dveen in B-24 'True Love' #41-29449, Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Thomas Bell

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by fighters and crashed at Zui Dveen in B-24 True Love #4129449

  • John Capps

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Tail Gunner
    Shot down by fighters and crashed at Zui Dveen on 8/15/44 in B-24 'True Love' #41-29449, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Harry Clark (Dolph)

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Left Waist Gunner
    Evaded (EVD) Shot down by fighters and crashed at Zui Dveen on 8/15/44 in B-24 True Love #4129449

  • Robert Lehman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Bombardier, Enlisted, Nose Gunner
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by fighters and crashed at Zui Dveen in B-24 True Love #4129449

  • William Leslie

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier
    Leslie appears to have been a non-flying ordnance officer attached to the 1452nd Ordnance Company. As the Archer Crew did not have a bombardier on this mission as he had been transferred to the 784th BS to become a lead bombardier. Leslie was aboard...

  • William Lowen

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Flight Engineer
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by fighters and crashed at Zui Dveen on 8/15/44 in B-24 True Love #4129449 POW

  • Donald McCarty

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by fighters and crashed at Zui Dveen on 8/15/44 in B-24 True Love #4129449 POW

  • Norman Peck

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by fighters and crashed at Zui Dveen in B-24 True Love #4129449

  • Edward Philo

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Flight Engineer - Top Turret Gunner
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by fighters and crashed at Zui Dveen in B-24 True Love #4129449

Locations

  • 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...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
26 October 2015 00:56:25 466thHistorian Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

http://teunispats.nl/fr-wwii.htm

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