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”)
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.
None - crew survived as PoW.
Researcher Michel Beckers for Aircrew Remembered August 2016. Crew photograph courtesy Pete Oldfield - others from the Michel Beckers collection.