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Vincent Leonard Riel


Shot down by fighters on the return form a mission to the Marshalling Yards at Frankfurt on 4 Feb 1944 in B-24H #42-7542 'Black Widow. ' Plane crashed SE of Albert, FR. POW.

According to John Fletcher, tail gunner,




  • Marvin Garber

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 446th Bomb Group
    Shot down on his 10th mission by fighters on the return from a mission to the Marshalling Yards at Frankfurt on 4 Feb 1944 in B-24H #42-7542 'Black Widow'. Plane crashed SE of Albert, FR. MACR #2248. KIA. ...

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Units served with

  • 446th Bomb Group

    446th Bomb Group

    The 446th Bomb Group, who came to be known as "the Bungay Buckaroos" after the name of their Suffolk base, flew B-24 Liberators on strategic, support and interdictory missions over Europe. The Group led the Eighth Air Force and 2nd Bomb Division on the...

  • 707th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-7542 Black Widow

    B-24 Liberator
    Black Widow was shot down by an FW-190A piloted by German Ace Waldemar Radener, who had a total of 23 confirmed kills, including 12 heavy bombers. The particular incident is listed among Radener's confirmed claims in a table from German federal...


  • 8th Air Force 208

    4 February 1944
    The railroad marshalling yards at Frankfurt, Germany were focus of this mission, but other railroad marshalling yards in the area were attacked as well. Weather and navigational errors frustrate target acquisition.748 heavy bombers were despatched in a...

Associated Place

  • Bungay

    Military site : airfield
    From late November 1943, the three bases of Bungay, Seething and Hardwick were the stations of the 20th Combat Wing of the Eighth Air Force. The base had previously housed individual squadrons of the 310th Bomb Group (Twelfth Air Force) and of the 93rd...


Event Location Date
Born Flushing, New York, USA 28 September 1921
Enlisted New York, NY, USA 29 January 1941
Prisoner of War (POW) Zagan, Poland 4 February 1944 – 20 July 1945

Stalag Luft 3, Sagan-Silesia Bavaria (now Zagan Poland)

Buried 1997
Died Annapolis, MD, USA 29 July 1997


Date Contributor Update
11 January 2020 21:42:42 jmoore43 Changes to unit associations and mission associations

Added a connection to the 8th AF and a connection to the 8th AF mission for 4 Feb 1944.

Date Contributor Update
11 January 2020 21:40:47 jmoore43 Changes to events

Added the ending date for the POW event from WW2 POW records at the National Archives.

Date Contributor Update
23 January 2018 05:00:43 jmoore43 Changes to events

Added Cemetery location per info on Find A Grave Memorial # 49360281

Date Contributor Update
03 February 2016 19:25:36 jmoore43 Changes to middlename, service number, events and place associations

WW II Enlistment records; Find-A-Grave memorial # 49360281; WW II POW records

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:26:31 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2248 / MACR 2248, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces; The History of the 446th Bomb Group, pg 50 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database