Place where 42-3436 crashed on October 14, 1943 - 13.45 h local time.
Tail part in The Netherlands
Nose part in Germany
Missing - nose
- Donald Paul Breeden/co-pilot
Probably interred with Martin and/or Manley
Source: George Kuhl - Wrong Place! Wrong Time! - page 149
KIA - nose
- William James Martin/navigator
- Harvey Arlie Manley/bombardier
KIA - tail
- Leonard Roy Henlin/left waist gunner
- Robert G Wells /right waist gunner
All others POW
- Hosea Crawford
- Dominic Lepore
- Arthur Linrud
- Benjamin Roberts
- Dennis McDarby
Wall of the Missing - US Cemetery Margraten
A view of the memorial stone and plaque at the day of the unveiling on 13-10-2018.
In October 1943 Breeden was 2nd lieutenant and co-pilot on a B17F from 364th squadron (badge on the right) of the 305th Bomb Group (triangle G) in the 8th USAAF. They flew from US station 105 Chelveston (UK). He flew in the B17 F with regnr 42-3436 / WF-R that arrived new from the factory on September 18th in Chelveston.
Mission 14-10-1943 was # 115 of the 8th USAAF and went to Schweinfurt to bomb the Kugelfischer bearing balls works.
Take off on 14-10-1943 was around 10-10.15 hours from Chelveston.
Crash time and site was on Thursday 14-10-1943 around 13.45 hours.
The tail part landed in Eygelshoven (NL) - the nose part near Finkenrath (G).
Crash cause was rocket- or bulletdamage in nr 2 engine (left wing closest to pilot) caused by the German-Austrian Obfw. Anton-Rudolf Piffer in Focke Wulf 190A of 2.JG 1. It was his 10th ‘victory’.
There were 3 German fighter planes involved of which one was certainly shot down by the gunners from the McDarby crew: the Me-109 of ‘Feldwebel’ (sergeant) Brinkmann that crashed in a field in Chevremont killing him.
Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
Donald Paul Breeden served as pilot with the 364th Bomb Squadron of the 305th Bomb Group. His B-17 #42-3436 was shot down 14 October 1943 over the Netherlands and Breeden was declared Missing in Action (MIA).
Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #42-3436. Killed in Action (KIA).
Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #42-3436, Prisoner of War (POW).
Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #42-3436, Killed in Action (KIA).
B-17 Flying Fortress
Delivered Denver 15/6/43; Redmond 15/8/43; Assigned 96BG 16/8/43; transferred 364BS/305BG [WF-R] Chelveston 18/9/43;
14 October 1943
This was the 2nd mission flown against the ball bearing industry at Schweinfurt, Germany and was as equally disastrous as that flown on 17-Aug-43. It came to be known as "Black Thursday". While fighter escort was dispatched, bad weather and lack of...