Date: 1944 May 19/19 A/C Type: B-24 J  Liberator SN: 44-40152 Code: A/C Nickname:
 File: 254 Airforce: USAAF Sqn/Unit: 492 BG - 858 BS Mission/Raid: Brunswick (Braunschweig)
1 Pilot 2Lt. Robert D. Fischer * 9 RWG S/Sgt. Wilfred E. Teal *
2 Co-pilot 2Lt. Walter W. Mallard * 10 TG Sgt. John H. Fain
3 Nav. 2Lt. Robert H. Johnson 11    
4 B 2Lt. Angelo Bagnasco 12    
5 E S/Sgt. Charles L. Herman 13    
6 RO S/Sgt. Joseph M. Debowski    KIA 14    
7 BTG Sgt. Clarence A. Corbin 15    
8 LWG Sgt. Edward J. Curtin 16                    

On return from target near Hannover attacked by fighters, dropped out of formation under the undercast under control. Crew jumped southeast of Harderwijk. Aircraft smashed on the road Garderen - Uddel. Eventually all POW, one KIA buried Harderwijk.

Six were captured on the Elspeeter Heath same day by German soldiers of the 2nd. Regiment Panzergrenadiers of the Hermann Göring Division. Three men * (Fischer, Mallard and Teal) were recorded by the Germans as 'escaping'. 


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