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Mission No. 145
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Mission Narrative

Mission No. 145
Date - November 06, 1944
Target - Harburg - Crashed nr Rotterdam
This mission to Harburg, Germany on Nov 6th 1944 was again targeting the oil producing facilities. The formation and flight to the target were without incident. After the turn on the IP, plane s/n 43-38904 left the formation. No reason could be determined as to what happened. Flak was moderate and bombs were dropped by PFF. Results were unobserved because of the thick cloud cover.
Plane s/n 43-38904, piloted by Lt Edward P. McGroarty, was hit as the group approached the IP. While there appeared to be no damage, the plane left the group and was not seen again. It was believed that the plane was a victim of flak. Eight of the crew were killed and one was a POW.

Read the German account of the crash of 43-38904 and how the residents of a small village buried the planes crew when it crashed just outside their town center."

The crew was as follows:
     Plane s/n 43-38904     
PilotLt Edward P. McGroarty   KIA  
CopilotLt Robert V. Botwright   KIA  
NavigatorF/O Jack J. Gray   KIA  
ToggleerSgt Henry D. McLeroy   KIA  
Aircraft EngineerSgt Angelo DiCamillo   KIA  
Radio OperatorSgt James R. Reddie   KIA  
Left Waist GunnerSgt Frank T. Mueller   KIA  
Ball Turret GunnerSgt Clyde A. Decker   POW
Tail GunnerSgt Raymond E. Francis   KIA  
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