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Archive Report: US Forces
1941 - 1945

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24.04.1944 326th Bomb Squadron 92nd Bomb Group B-17G 42-97218 JW-G 2nd Lt. Richard Anthony

Operation: Erding, Germany

Date: 24th April 1944 (Monday)

Unit: No. 326th Bomb Squadron 92nd Bomb Group

Type: B17G Flying Fortress

Serial: 42-97218 (“Toonerville Trolley”)

Code: JW-G

Base: USAAF Podington

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:

Shot down by enemy aircraft, crash-landed at Bubach, nine miles North of Neunkirchen Germany. If you have further details we would be pleased to add them to this page - full credits placed to you.

Rear: DePaoli, Raney, Anthony, Hall (not in this crew) Front: Blaylock, Brown (not in this crew) Kolber, Fileds, Blank, Wildman.

Burial details:

None - crew survived as PoW.

Researcher Michel Beckers for Aircrew Remembered August 2016. Crew photograph courtesy Pete Oldfield - others from the Michel Beckers collection.

MB - 13.08.2016

Acknowledgments: Sources used by us in compiling Archive Reports include: Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vols. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - 'Nightfighter War Diaries Vols. 1 and 2', Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - 'Bomber Command War Diaries', Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Tom Kracker - Kracker Luftwaffe Archives and Fred Paradie - Paradie Archive (both on this site), Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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