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Dale Claude Detjens

Military

Assigned to 574BS, 391BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to Ahrweiler, Germany in B-26 41-35010 'Snakes Revenge' departing the target the formation were set upon by fighters. Dropped out of formation losing oil from both engines, caught fire, went out of control, crashing 3 km NW of Ahrweiler, Germany. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 11674.

Awards: AM (2 OLC), PH.

Service

People

  • Joseph Blair

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bomb / Navigator | 391st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 574BS, 391BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to Ahrweiler, Germany in B-26 41-35010 'Snakes Revenge' departing the target the formation were set upon by fighters. Dropped out of formation losing oil from both engines,...

  • Frederick Kaye

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 391st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 574BS, 391BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to Ahrweiler, Germany in B-26 41-35010 'Snakes Revenge' departing the target the formation was set upon by fighters. Dropped out of formation losing oil from both engines,...

  • Joseph Kowalski

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer / Gunner | 391st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 574BS, 391BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to Ahrweiler, Germany in B-26 41-35010 'Snakes Revenge' departing the target the formation was set upon by fighters. Dropped out of formation losing oil from both engines,...

  • Joseph Miller

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Armourer / Gunner | 391st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 574BS, 391BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to Ahrweiler, Germany in B-26 41-35010 'Snakes Revenge' departing the target the formation was set upon by fighters. Dropped out of formation losing oil from both engines,...

  • Edward Potocnik

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 391st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 574BS, 391BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to Ahrweiler, Germany in B-26 41-35010 'Snakes Revenge' departing the target the formation was set upon by fighters. Dropped out of formation losing oil from both engines,...

Units served with

  • 9th Air Force
  • 391st Bomb Group

    391st Bomb Group

    Group
    "The heaviest losses sustained by the 391st Bombardment Group in a single operation occurred on 23 December 1944, after an attack on the railroad viaduct at Ahrweiler, Germany (11). Upon completion of the second bomb run, the formation was attacked by...

  • 574th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-35010 Jinx, Snakes Revenge

    B-26 Marauder
    Assigned to 574BS, 391BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to Ahrweiler, Germany in B-26 41-35010 'Snakes Revenge' departing the target the formation was set upon by fighters. Dropped out of formation losing oil from both engines,...

Missions

  • 757

    23 December 1944

Associated Place

  • Matching

    Military site : airfield
    Built in 1943 as an Eighth Air Force bomber base, Matching was transferred to the Ninth Air Force and first occupied in January 1944 by the 391st Bomb Group, equipped with B-26s. The station had three concrete runways, 50 loop hardstandings and two...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Wisconsin, USA 1 February 1921

Son of Claude and Carrie L [Richardson] Detjens.

Lived in Wausau, WI, USA 1941
Enlisted Antigo, WI 54409, USA 24 June 1942
Based Matching 1944 – 23 December 1944

Assigned to 574BS, 391BG, 9AF USAAF.

Died Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, Germany 23 December 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to Ahrweiler, Germany in B-26 41-35010 'Snakes Revenge' departing the target the formation were set upon by fighters. Dropped out of formation losing oil from both engines, caught fire, went out of control, crashing 3 km NW of Ahrweiler, Germany. KIA MACR 11674.

Buried 1945

Tablets of the Missing
Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial
Hamm
Canton de Luxembourg
Luxembourg

Buried Wausau, WI, USA 1948

Memorialised
Restlawn Memorial Park
Wausau
Marathon County
Wisconsin, USA

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