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Roger Charles Keedwell

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Roger Keedwell was Bombardier on B-17 42-39811, shot down on a night leaflet operation to France, 5-6 July 1944. Crashed near Overschie, a suburb of Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Missing Air Crew Report – MACR 6988. Bailed out, but his parachute failed to open. Killed In Action (KIA)

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  • James Brown

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 487th Bomb Group
    James R. Brown was Pilot of B-17 #42-39811, shot down on a night leaflet operation to France, 5-6 July 1944. Crashed near Overschie, a suburb of Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Missing Air Crew Report – MACR 6988. Initially evaded, helped by members of the...

  • William Harris

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer/Top Turret Gunner | 487th Bomb Group
    William Harris was Engineer/Top Turret gunner on B-17 #42-39811, shot down on a night leaflet operation to France, 5-6 July 1944. Crashed near Overschie, a suburb of Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Missing Air Crew Report – MACR 6988. Prisoner of War (POW)

  • Norman Hollander

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 487th Bomb Group
    Norman Hollander Right Waist gunneron B-17 #42-39811, shot down on a night leaflet operation to France, 5-6 July 1944. He was credited with downing 1 JU-88 or Me-210 during the mission, before his Fortress crashed near Overschie, a suburb of Rotterdam,...

  • George Jellison

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 487th Bomb Group
    George Jellison was Tail Gunner on B-17 #42-39811, shot down on a night leaflet operation to France, 5-6 July 1944. Crashed near Overschie, a suburb of Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Missing Air Crew Report – MACR 6988. Prisoner of War (POW)

  • Stivers Lee

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 487th Bomb Group
    Stivers Lee was Radio Operator on B-17 #42-39811, shot down on a night leaflet operation to France, 5-6 July 1944. Crashed near Overschie, a suburb of Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Missing Air Crew Report – MACR 6988. Prisoner of War (POW)

  • Carlisle Limehouse

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 487th Bomb Group
    Carlisle Limehouse was Navigator on B-17 #42-39811, shot down on a night leaflet operation to France, 5-6 July 1944. Crashed near Overschie, a suburb of Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Missing Air Crew Report – MACR 6988. Managed to evade shortly, but was...

  • John Mann

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 487th Bomb Group
    John Mann was Co-Pilot on B-17 #42-39811, shot down on a night leaflet operation to France, 5-6 July 1944. Crashed near Overschie, a suburb of Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Missing Air Crew Report – MACR 6988. Initially evaded, helped by members of the...

  • John McNamara

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 487th Bomb Group
    John McNamara was Ball Turret gunner on B-17 #42-39811, shot down on a night leaflet operation to France, 5-6 July 1944. Crashed near Overschie, a suburb of Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Missing Air Crew Report – MACR 6988. Initially evaded, helped by...

  • Ralph Tyne

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 487th Bomb Group
    Ralph Tyne was Left Waist gunner on B-17 #42-39811, shot down by Flak on a night leaflet operation to France 5-6 July 1944. Crashed at Overschie, The Netherlands. Missing Air Crew Report-MACR 6988. Prisoner of War (POW)

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Units served with

  • 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)

    492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)

    Group
    The 492nd Bomb Group were assigned to the 8th Air Force in April 1944. They flew 60 missions over occupied Europe from 11 May 1944 until 7 August 1944. ...

  • 492nd Bomb Group Carpetbaggers

    492nd Bomb Group Carpetbaggers

    Group
    The 492nd Bomb Group, after flying similar missions to other heavy bomb groups until the late summer of 1944, took up 'Carpetbagger' missions, transporting agents, supplies and propaganda leaflets to southern France. The Group was taking on the role of...

  • 858th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-39811 Donna Mae

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 8/9/43; Assigned 365BS/305BG [XK-C] Chelveston 17/10/43; then to 422NLS [JJ-E] 23/5/44; transferred 838BS/487BG Lavenham. Missing in Action French leaflet drop 6 July 1944, with Pilot James R. Brown, Co-pilot John H. Mann,...

Missions

  • 455

    6 July 1944

Associated Place

  • Lavenham

    Military site : airfield
    Lavenham was built as a standard USAAF bomber airfield, with fifty hardstandings, T2 hangars and 2,000 and 1,400 feet runways. John Laing and Son Ltd. carried out the work in 1943, and the airfield opened in April 1944. The 487th Bomb Group occupied...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Syracuse, Onondaga County, New York 20 December 1919
Lived in July 1941

Detroit, Michigan

Killed In Action (KIA) 6 July 1944

He bailed out of B-17 42-39811 over Rotterdam, The Netherlands, but his chute failed to open.

Buried 6 July 1944

At the cemetery in Schiedam, The Netherlands

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 July 2020 15:22:47 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography, events and unit associations
Sources

MACR 6988;
"Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces", Bishop & Hey

Date Contributor Update
22 July 2020 14:39:37 ED-BB Changes to middlename, service number, biography, events, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 6988
German report KU-2407 at https://catalog.archives.gov/id/147886912 (NARA)
WWII Draft Card

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:24:22 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 6988 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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