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Verdun W Munroe

Military

Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by fighters and crashed at Nijetrijne on 8/15/44 in B-24 #4295157

POW

Service

People

  • Gerald Boles

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Tail Gunner | 466th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Nijetrijne in B-24 #4295157

  • James Ehredt

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Ball Turret Gunner | 466th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed at Nijetrijne on 8/15/44 in B-24 #42-95157, Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Dale Estle

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 466th Bomb Group
    Crashed at Nijetrijne in B-24 #42-95157, Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Harry Haseman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 466th Bomb Group
    Crashed at Nijetrijne in B-24 #42-95157, Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Frank Kayden

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Flight Engineer - Top Turret Gunner | 466th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Nijetrijne in B-24 #4295157

  • Stephen Reiter

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator | 466th Bomb Group

  • William Weisner

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Left Waist Gunner | 466th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by fighters and crashed at Nijetrijne on 8/15/44 in B-24 #4295157

  • Charles Welde

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 466th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Nijetrijne in B-24 #4295157

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Units served with

  • 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

Aircraft

Missions

  • 545

    12 August 1944

  • 8th Air Force 554

    15 August 1944
    Airfields in NW Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium are the primary targets for this mission. 8th Air Force despatches a total of 932 aircraft. The raid is coordinated with 1,000 Royal Air Force (RAF) heavy bombers and Mosquitos attacking 9 airfields...

Associated Place

  • 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...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Mawer, SK S0H, Canada 11 April 1916
Shot Down 8481 Nijetrijne, Netherlands 15 August 1944

My dear Mrs. Haseman,

As pilot and ship commander of your husband's plane I find it very hard to write this letter. I know so very little of what actually happened to Lt. Haseman, but I will try my best to give you an account of the missions.

We had bombed an airfield in Germany and were on our way back almost to the Zuider Zee in Holland when a number of enemy fighters attacked our formation. Your husband put up a gallant fight and I shall always remember him as a brave soldier. All in all in the running fighter we knocked down a number of enemy aircraft. The ship had taken a terrific beating due to enemy action. The communications system in the ship was shot away leaving me separated from my crew.

Actually what happened in the next few minutes to the crew, I do not know. I could not call to them on the interphone so the co-pilot rang the alarm bell on my orders to abandon ship and bail out.

Then ringing the alarm bell myself, I told Lt. Haseman to leave his seat and open the escape hatch behind my seat as the bomb bay doors would not open. We would have to bail out through the escape hatch. I then grabbed him by the legs and helped him out. This, I am sorry to say, was the last time I saw Lt. Haseman.

Upon bailing out myself, I was badly injured when I hit the ground. I was taken to the hospital where I met Sgt. Weiner who told me the story of what went on in the waist area of the plane. I never heard nor do I know what happened in the nose section.

As you can see I know very little of what happened to my crew, but I shall always remember and respect these men for an honored job well done.

It is with my deepest sympathy that I write this letter.

I remain,

Respectfully yours,

Verdun W. Munroe
1st Lt. A.C.

POW Bad Sulza, Germany September 1944 – May 1945

Stalag 9c

Died North Miami Beach, FL, USA 29 June 1966
Buried 5 July 1966

Arlington National Cemetery
Plot: Sec: 1, Site: 1844

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
13 June 2016 01:00:42 466thHistorian Changes to events
Sources

Haseman family papers
466th BG Archives

Date Contributor Update
12 July 2015 01:24:00 466thHistorian Changes to service number, highest rank, events, place associations and media associations
Sources

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:26:22 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 8427 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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