24.04.1944 326th Bomb Squadron 92nd Bomb Group B-17G 42-97218 JW-G 2nd Lt. Richard Anthony
Operation: Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany
Date: 24th April 1944 (Monday)
Unit: 326th Bomber Squadron (92nd Bombardment Group (H))
Type: B17G Flying Fortress
Serial: 42-97218 (“Toonerville Trolley”)
Base: AAF Station 109, Podington, Bedfordshire, England
Location: Bubach, nine miles North of Neunkirchen Germany
Pilot: 2nd Lt. Richard P. Anthony 0-808493 USAAF PoW Stalag Luft 3 Sagan and Belaria
Co-Pilot: 2nd Lt. Ray C. Raney 0-808590 USAAF PoW
Nav: 2nd Lt. William J. DePaoli 0-746993 USAAF PoW Stalag Luft 3 Sagan and Belaria
Bmr: Sgt. Charles R. Fields 34625789 USAAF PoW
Radio/Gnr: S/Sgt. Chalmer D. Wildman 35742552 USAAF PoW Stalag 17b Braunau
TT/Eng: S/Sgt. Edward J. Kolber 12170907 USAAF PoW Stalag 9c Bad Sulza
BT/Gnr: Sgt. Edward D. McKenzie 31268355 USAAF PoW Stalag 17b Braunau
RW/Gnr: Sgt. Irving Blank 12156262 USAAF PoW Stalag 17b Braunau
LW/Gnr: Sgt. William H. Hamilton Jr. 39274985 USAAF PoW Stalag 17b Braunau
T/Gnr: Sgt. John C. Blaylock 39272772 USAAF PoW Stalag 17b Braunau
REASON FOR LOSS:
Took off from Podington at 0830 hours on a bombing mission to Oberpfaffenhofen which was the home of the Dornier-Were GmBH and comprised an above ground factory and an underground Jet Engine assembly line.
Anecdotal information from 2nd Lt. Anthony's log book described that around 50 German fighters repeatedly attacked the formation during which the 'Toonerville Trolley' was hit resulting in a damaged wing and a fire in the Bomb bay. They were last seen with Not 3 and 4 Engines on fire. They headed for Switzerland but had to make a forced landing at Bubach, nine miles North of Neunkirchen Germany at around 1550 hours. Three parachutes were seen in the air. However, official German records indicate that all ten crew members survived and were captured.
Rear: DePaoli, Raney, Anthony, Hall (was from B17-G 42-38156 'Mary B' ) Front: Blaylock, Brown (not in this crew) Kolber, Fileds, Blank, Wildman.
None - crew survived as PoW.
Researcher Michel Beckers for Aircrew Remembered August 2016. Crew photograph courtesy Pete Oldfield - others from the Michel Beckers collection. Thanks to Keith Hall for additional information with additional research by Aircrew Remembered.