Joined squad 3 August 1942. On January 3, 1943 while serving as Navigator on B-24D 41-23808 'Texan' the aircraft crash-landed in a field near Aberporth airfield, Cardiganshire, returning from target U/B yards (submarine) at St. Nazaire, France. Fuel shortage caused the crash. 11RTD No MACR issued.
Transferred to 67th BS. Shot down 8 March 1943 in B-24 41-23988 [NB:E] 'Emmy Lou', 44BG/67BS while serving as Navigator. Prisoner of War (POW) as only survivor of a lead plane attacked by multiple German fighters while on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Rouen, France
Units served with
The 44th Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 15-January-1942 at McDill Field, Florida and equipped with B-24Cs. The Group moved to Barksdale Field, Louisiana and acted as a training unit for the 90th 93rd and 98th Bomb Groups and flew anti...
B-24D-15-CO 41-23998 [NB:E] "Emmy Lou" was assigned to the 44BG/47BS. On 8-Mar-1943 the aircraft was despatched on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Rouen, France. The aircraft was shot down by German fighters near Barentin, France. ...
3 January 1943
The U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France are once again the target for this mission. This is proving to be a particularly difficult target to destroy due to its massive, reinforced concrete design. It consists of 14 individual pens connected together in...
8 March 1943
The railroad marshalling yards at Rennes and Rouen, France are the primary targets for this mission. A formation comprised of 67 B-17s: 91BG (14); 303BG (19); 305BG (16) and 306BG (18) is despatched to bomb at Rennes. Conditions are good with no cloud...
Military site : airfield
Shipdham was built in 1941-1942, the first US heavy bomber airfield in the English county of Norfolk. It was a standard design, with T2-type hangars and a domestic site dispersed to the south east. Improvements were carried out to increase the number...
|Returned to Duty (RTD)
||Aberporth, Ceredigion, UK
||3 January 1943
On 3-Jan-43 while serving on B-24D 41-23808 'Texan' as Navigator the aircraft made a crash-landing in a field near Aberporth airfield, Cardiganshire when aircraft ran out of fuel on return from a mission to St. Nazaire, France. He was uninjured and Returned to Duty (RTD)
|Prisoner of War (POW)
||8 March 1943 – 29 May 1945
Held at Stalag 7A, Moosburg, Bavaria. Officially Returned to Military Control (RMC) 29-May-45.