Consolidated B-24J-95-CO 42-100347 (446th BG, 707th BS, *Lil' Max*) shot down by AAA Sep 26, 1944 at Rijswijk, nearThe Hague, Netherlands on mission to Hamm, Germany. MACR 9431 42-100347 | American Air Museum in Britain story of the event.
An American B-24 Liberator was shot down in the night of 5th to 6th June 1944 by German AA fire, crashing in flames and exploding over the Brate forest (Mably township). The plane belonged to the 801st Bomb Group of the 8th Air Force based in England. It was on a resupply mission to the French underground. The eight crew members bailed out one by one from Chenay to Mably. Six of them evaded German patrols thanks to the courage of many of the local inhabitants. Two of them, wounded, were captured shortly thereafter. The crew was composed of: 2nd Lt Murray L Simon pilot escaped 1st Lt John B Mead bombardier smuggled to the underground 2nd Lt French M Russell copilot escaped 1st Lt John A Reitmeier navigator escaped TSgt Phillip B Latta radio escaped TSgt Leo E Dusmenil mechanic prisonner SSgt Graham S Hasty gunner prisonner SSgt Homer G Collier gunner escaped Lt John B Mead was rescued by Robert Lyon ("SOE Acolyte" cell) Enlisted in the Fragny underground, he would prove himself in the liberation of Rouen and Lyon.
Baugher: Consolidated B-24H-25-CF 42-50381 (44th BG, 68th BS) lost Oct 18, 1944. MACR 10140
http://www.greenharbor.com/ROHPDF/ROH.pdf : MACR 10140 68th Sq., #42-50381 K, Dayball MACR #10140 68th Squadron Crew: Entire Crew KIA DAYBALL, JULIAN H. Pilot 1st Lt. High Hill, ASN 0-701907 KIA, buried Jefferson Barracks (82-115) Missouri PHILLIPS, ROBERT L. Co-pilot Flt Of. Enumclaw. ASN T-125025 KIA, buried Henri-Chapelle (E-12-22) Washington DAVIS, RICHARD H. Navigator 2nd Lt. Rockaway Park, ASN 0-723022 KIA, buried Jefferson Barracks (82-114A) New York STEINKE, ARTHUR A. Nose Turret S/Sgt. Snohomish, ASN 39204852 KIA, buried Jefferson Barracks (82-115) Washington FINK, IVAN W. Engineer S/Sgt. Altoona, ASN 33574486 KIA, buried Jefferson Barracks (82-115) Pennsylvania SICARD, EDWARD P. Radio Oper. Sgt. Turner Falls, ASN 31284222 KIA, buried Jefferson Barracks (82-115) Massachusetts COUVILLION. WILBERT L. RW Gunner Sgt. Baton Rouge, ASN 38494335 KIA, buried Jefferson Barracks (82-114) Louisiana SMITH, MALCOLM R. LW Gunner Sgt. Washington, ASN 33452262 KIA, buried Jefferson Barracks (82-115) Dist. of Col. BETTLEY, CONRAD R. Jr. Radar Obs. S/Sgt Worcester, ASN 11113894 KIA Massachusetts SHEA, JOHN J. Tail Turret Sgt. Dubuque, ASN 37046013 KIA, buried Jefferson Barracks (82-115) Iowa