The Delirious Dolores (44-40200) shortly after arrival at Metfield, June 1944. The aircraft was named after pilot James C. McKeown's wife Delores.
McKeown Crew: rear, L to R, (G) George McGee, (N) Ross Houston, (CP) Robert McIntyre, (P) James McKeown, (B) George Patton, (E) Francis Hawkins, front, L to R (RO) Joseph Rimassa, (G) Marshal Williams, (G) Frederick Borger, (G) John Murray.
McKeown was severely wounded on 14 June 1944 over St. Cyr.
The Delirious Dolores crashed with a replacement crew after returning from Saarbruken on 13 July 1944. (P) Max R. Shea, (CP) Charles A. Meadow, (N) Harold F. Simon, (TG) Percival M. Lewis, (RG) Solon W. Elliot Jr. were KIA and the aircraft was destroyed.
Most of McKeown's crew continued to fly on the Moose (44-40205) piloted by Warren C. Moore which, along with the rest of the 853rd Bomb Squadron, was shot down over Misburg on 26 November 1944. Borger, Hawkins, Murray, Patten, and Williams were KIA. Houston, McGee, McIntyre, and Rimissa spent the rest of the war as POWs.
Killed in Action (KIA) Letter from crew mate who survived crash landing. Lost all engines due to flak hit over France, losing fuel. They crash landed at Metfield, killing 4, permanently crippling 1. 5 survivors
Air Medal/ Purple Heart
'Memory of Charles Albert Meadows who died flying B-24s. Crashed in Britain on 3rd mission, we will not forget (Brother & family).'
Remembered by Nelson R Meadows, Forestville, NY.
Units served with
The 491st Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators in bombing missions over northern France and Germany from June 1944 until April 1945. Missions over Germany included bombing the headquarters of the German General Staff at Zossen. The Group was awarded a DUC...
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Plot A Row 2 Grave 6