Shot down on 19 Jun 44 in P-38 #42104427 no info on fate of pilot
Ward Kuentzel’s P-38 crashed in « Montilly » (Orne, France), June 19, 1944.
His mission was to destroy six airfields in the area of « Bordeaux-Mérignac ». The planes of the 479 Th fighter squadron must meet a group of B17 near « La Rochelle » to ensure their safety when return to Great-Britain.
But the fighters are confronted whith a thick cloud layer and they make the decision to turn back. The plane of the leader, Ward Kuentzel, went into a dive toward the ground and Franck Grdenich into its wake. A few secondes later, Ward Kuentzel crash himself at « Petit-Val », in Montilly (Orne, France), and Franck Grdenich in Aubusson (Orne, France). »
« Ouest-France » newspaper article, june 21, 2014.
Units served with
The 479th was the last Fighter Group to join the Eighth Air Force, which they did on 14 May 1944. Known as "Riddle's Raiders", after their first Commanding Officer Lt. Col. Kyle L. Riddle, the Group flew escort and fighter sweep missions before D-Day....
|Killed in Action (KIA)
||19 June 1944