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Horace Furman Pair

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  • Rollins Barry

    Military | Sergeant (Technician Fourth Grade) | Aerial Gunner | 416th Bomb Group

  • John Corum

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier/Navigator | 416th Bomb Group

  • Richard Muir

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier/Navigator | 416th Bomb Group

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  • Wethersfield

    Military site : airfield
    Planned in 1942 as an Eighth Air Force bomber base, Wethersfield was then supposed to be loaned to the RAF in 1943, but was re-allocated to the Ninth Air Force by the time it was complete. Built during 1943-44, it had three concrete runways, 49 loop...

  • Laon/Athies

    Military site : airfield

  • Melun

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Born Avondale Estates, Georgia 27 June 1918
Lived in Atlanta, Georgia 16 October 1940

761 Lee Street SW

First 416th BG Combat Mission Wisques, France 19 March 1944
Crash Landing/Purple Heart/DFC Sussex Coast, UK 19 March 1944

One of our Pilots would not be with us on the first April mission, however. He was 2nd Lt. Horace F. Pair. Lt. Pair had broken an ankle when he crashed and his plane, returning from a mission in March. On the 4th he was transferred to the 48th General Hospital. ... Among the awards was the DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS. It was awarded to Lt Horace F. Pair, who, returning from a flak filled mission over France brought his plane back to England where he crash-landed. His skill and courage saved the lives of himself and his men. One of the guners, S/Sgt Victor P. Adams, forsaking all thoughts of his personal safety, fought to pull Lt Pair, who leg had been broken, from the plane that was already on fire and was threatening to explode. S/Sgt Adams was awarded the Soldiers' Medal for his "heroism in the face of great danger and the devotion shown for his pilot in the peril of death."

This time the flak became more accurate, hitting an engine on Lt. Pair's ship. He pulled out of formation and headed back to England. He feathered the prop and crashlanded on the coast. In the meantime his two gunners, S/Sgt. Marion and S/Sgt. Adams, were believed to have bailed out and landed safely. [NOTE: Adams did not bail out, but Both gunners, S/Sgt. Victor P. Adams, and S/Sgt. Herbert A. Marion, received only minor injuries.] Lt. Pair, however, in the crash landing, suffered what was thought at first to be serious injuries, but which later proved to be moderate injuries. Lt. Pair received treatment in the Royal Sussex hospital and was expected that he would return shortly.

A-20G 43-9751

Final 416th BG Combat Mission Stod, Czech Republic 3 May 1945
Died Lomita, California 14 December 2002

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Date Contributor Update
11 March 2021 02:52:05 466thHistorian Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

https://www.416th.com/missions/LoadingList.html
http://www.416th.com/MACR_AAR/19440319_43-9751_No_Report-_Pair.html
https://www.ancestry.com/discoveryui-content/view/20084061:60901?tid=&pi...
https://www.ancestry.com/imageviewer/collections/2238/images/47553_B5799...

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