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Roy W Losse


Eye-witness account on the loss of this aircrew is sketchy. A summary report was given by Lt. Stroble, crew Pilot, 578th, Lead Squadron, on whose right wing Lt. Clapper's ship was flying and Lt. Caldwell, another crew Pilot, 576th, flying in the Low Squadron. The reports indicated that Clapper's plane had evidently been hit by flak over the target and that Clapper had called Stroble on VHF radio at 1030 hours saying that two gasoline tanks had been shot out and he was going to ditch the ship in the North Sea. The crippled aircraft was reported again at 1130 hours by Lt. Caldwell as still being in formation, but dropped out (of formation) at this time. The Deputy Lead of the (Lead) formation was then told to fly at 10,000 feet (probably to find and fly with the Clapper plane over the North Sea return route home). The Deputy Lead did drop down to accompany the crippled aircraft as instructed, but could not find it thereafter. Nothing further was ever determined about this missing aircrew and aircraft....


Units served with

  • 392nd Bomb Group

    392nd Bomb Group

    The 392nd Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators out of Wendling, Norfolk from August 1943 until April 1945. They were the first Group allocated B-24H Liberators, the first B-24 series fitted with a nose turret on the production line. The adaptation increased...

  • 578th Bomb Squadron



Event Location Date
Born pennsylvania 17 December 1917
Killed in Action (KIA) North Sea 6 July 1944
Died 6 July 1944


Date Contributor Update
03 October 2019 07:50:52 Michelbe Changes to biography, awards and events


Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:24:40 AAM AAM ingest

ABMC, MACR 7496 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 7496 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database