Date: 1944 Feb 21/21 A/C Type: B-17F   Fortress SN: 42-30634 Code: QW-O A/C Nickname: Liberty Belle
 File: 446 Airforce: USAAF Sqn/Unit: 95 BG - 412 BS Mission/Raid: Focke Wulf A/C Factory near Hannover
1 Pilot 1Lt. John P. McCuigan 9 RWG S/Sgt. Leland Story               POW
2 Co-pilot 2Lt. Charles R. Carey                  POW 10 TG S/Sgt. Charlie H. Flowers
3 Nav. 2Lt. James G. Watters               POW 11    
4 B 2Lt. Thomas P. Barron 12    
5 E S/Sgt. Robert M. Blanchard 13    
6 RO S/Sgt. Jack R. Harris                 POW 14    
7 BTG S/Sgt. Lester W. McClellan 15    
8 LWG S/Sgt. Howard L. Griffin 16                    

On route back to England hit by German fighters over Lake IJsselmeer (Old Zuyder Sea). Rocket exploded under bomb bay, causing fires in the fuselage and motor no. 2. Four men bailed out (POW). A wing broke off. The others went down with the aircraft, presumed in the North Sea off the Dutch coast at Egmond aan Zee. Six men were never found or recovered (MIA).

Six men went down with the aircraft, only 3km off the Dutch coast in the North Sea, never found back (MIA).
The 'X' marks position on the return route over Lake IJsselmeer where the aircraft left formation.

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