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Dixon I Wands

Military

Killed in Action (KIA) 21 April 1944 in AC #4239971 'Little Chum' Weather was very poor, but the crews took off. It was completely fogged in; the ceiling was 1,000 ft. It was still foggy at 14,000 feet. It was at this altitude that the plane ran into very heavy turbulence. Lost control of the plane and it spun in. Crashed near the 95th BG Station at Horham. S/Sergeant. L. George's chute failed. 6 crewmembers were killed, four parachuted to safety. There were only 4 survivors.

AM w/ Oak Leaf Cluster

Service

People

  • Charles Lovewell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 452nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 729BS, 452BG, 8AF USAAF. 21-Apr-44; Weather was very poor, but the crews took off. It was completely fogged in; the ceiling was 1,000ft. It was still foggy at 14,000 feet. It was at this altitude that the plane ran into very heavy...

Units served with

  • 452nd Bomb Group

    452nd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 452nd Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deopham Green, Norfolk, from January 1944. The air crews hit strategic sites in Germany but also supported the movement of ground forces across Europe after D-Day. On 6 June 1944 itself, the Group...

  • 729th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-39971 Little Chum

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 23/10/43; Walla Walla 9/11/43; Assigned 729BS/452BG [M3-E] Deopham Green 18/11/43; detailed mission to Hamm but later recalled 21/4/44, with Dixon Wands, Co-pilot: John Gatrell, Bombardier: Chas Lovewell, Flight engineer/top turret...

Associated Place

  • Deopham Green

    Military site : airfield
    Deopham Green was another air base constructed after America's entry into the war to Class A standards for use by the B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bomber. When the 452nd Bomb Group arrived in January 1943 they found a main runway of 2,000 yards, two...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Kansas
Died Horham, Eye IP21, UK 21 April 1944
Buried 25 April 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
14 November 2016 02:57:29 466thHistorian Changes to events, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

452nd BG History book

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:07:18 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

ABMC, Roll of Honor / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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