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This crew of the 392 Bomber Group, 578th Squadron based in Wendling, England had only a few missions when they ditched their aircraft in the North Sea while on a mission to bomb the heavy water plant in Kjeller, Norway on November 18, 1943. All were listed as Killed In Action.

This crew arrived in Wendling, England in September, 1943 and flew together in 5 combat missions and one diversion mission. There were other flying activities but were not combat or diversionary. One of the combat missions on October 30, 1943 seems to be undocumented on the b24.net site. The info from other sources is that it was classified.

P 2/LT Dudziak, Teddy (NMI) Buffalo, NY
CP 2/LT Miller, John A. Jr. Poplar Bluff, MO
N 2/LT Berlin, William (NMI-G) Brooklyn, NY
B 2/LT Cattano, Joseph V. Bellmore, NY
R/O T/S Watson, Harry Q. Toledo, OH
EnG T/S Bauer, Herbert P. Valley, PA
NG S/S Patterson, Earl A. Jr Los Angeles, CA
WG S/S Naters, Edmond R. Greene County, NY
WG S/S Bartholomew, Daniel(NMI) Pittsburgh, PA
TG S/S Mehtala, Arvid (NMI) Arthyde, MN

This B-24 aircraft was known as #42-7486 "THE SHARK" with the call sign"V-Bar".

Connections

Units

People

  • Daniel Bartholomew

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner
    Shot down 18 November 1943 in B-24 42-7486 'The Shark. ' Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA). AM/ PH

  • Herbert Bauer

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner
    Shot down 18 November 1943 in B-24 42-7486 'The Shark. ' Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • William Berlin

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator
    Shot down 18 November 1943 in B-24 42-7486 'The Shark. ' Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA). AM/ PH

  • Joseph Cattano

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier
    Shot down 18 November 1943 in B-24 42-7486 'The Shark. ' Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Teddy Dudziak

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    Shot down 18 November 1943 in B-24 #427486 'The Shark. ' Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA). AM/ PH

  • Arvid Mehtala

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner
    Shot down 18 November 1943 in B-24 42-7486 'The Shark. ' Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA). AM/ PH

  • John Miller

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
    He flew on mission 10 to Kjellar, Norway, which was a heavy water plant. Shot down 18 November 1943 in B-24 42-7486 'The Shark. ' Plane crashed into North Sea. KIA. AM/ PH

  • Edmond Naters

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    Shot down 18 November 1943 in B-24 #42-7486 'The Shark'. Plane crashed into North Sea, Killed in Action (KIA). AM/ PH

  • Earl Patterson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner
    Shot down 18 November 1943 in B-24 42-7486 'The Shark. ' Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA). AM/ PH

  • Harry Watson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator
    Shot down 18 November 1943 in B-24 42-7486 'The Shark. ' Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA). AM/ PH

Aircraft

Locations

  • Wendling

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Wendling was home to the 392nd Bomb Group from 1943 to 1945. Built in 1942, it was originally planned to be an RAF Bomber Command airfield. Improvement and expansion works were carried out in 1942 and 1943 prior to the arrival of the 392nd and...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
02 November 2015 17:35:08 TeddyD Changes to collection
Sources

Ted Dudziak

Date Contributor Update
02 November 2015 17:34:26 TeddyD Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

Ted Dudziak

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