A Missing Air Crew
Report (MACR) was compiled in triplicate by each Army Air
Force organisation within 48 hours of the time an aircraft or
crew member is officially reported missing. The following
details were obtained from official MACRs pertaining to the
467th BG(H) during operations from April 10th 1944 to the last
8th Air Force mission of WW2 on April 25th 1945. Some of the
Reports are extremely detailed, others less comprehesive.
Recorded here are just the salient details concerning each
loss. If further amplification is required contact Andy
April 1944: Group Mission No.4 MACR#4181
installation at Lechfeld, Ger.
42-52535 "KATY" 789BS
Remarks: First Group loss
over occupied territory. Ball turret gunner killed at
position, waist gunner badly injured when thrown out of
aircraft on a static line, pilot remained in ship at time of
crash. Seven POW's were 2nd Lt. Charles A. Fischer
(Co-pilot), 2nd Lt. Norbert R. Evans (Navigator), 2nd Lt.
William S. Bush (Bombardier), T/Sgt. Glendon C. Strout
(Eng.), S/Sgt. Stewart C. Robb (Waist gunner) and T/Sgt.
Emmett L. Ridgelow (Radio-opr.)
1st Lt. Ernest CALUORI, Pilot
S/Sgt. Abel J. WILLIAMS, Gunner
S/Sgt. Luke M. HAINES, Ball turret gunner
April 1944: Group Mission No.16
Station Berlin, Ger.
42-52506 788BS MACR#4944
Remarks: Ship hit by flak
shortly after target, ran short of fuel including engine
problems so entire crew bailed out over Holland. Five crew
captured and made POW were Major Robert L. Salzarulo
(Command Pilot), 2nd Lt. Edgar J. Powell (Co-pilot), 2nd Lt.
Edward Verbosky (Bombardier), S/Sgt. Henry H. Allen
(Gunner), T/Sgt. Clinton Watts (Eng.). Five crew evaded
capture with the Dutch underground. Bill Moore (pilot) was
captured by the Gestapo and executed at the King William 3
Barracks, Apeldoorn, December 2nd 1944.
1st. Lt. Bill F. MOORE, Pilot
B-24H-10-DT 41-28749 790BS MACR#4943
Remarks: Attacked by
enemy fighters in the vicinity of Hanover. Ship went out of
control, three crew thrown clear and made POW were 1st Lt.
Frank P. Prokop (Pilot), 2nd Lt. Robert J. Pittman
(Co-pilot) and S/Sgt. John H. Burgelin (Gunner). Seven crew
2nd Lt. George W. MILLIRON,
2nd Lt. Edward H. CONDON, Bombardier
S/Sgt. Edward J. DREKSLER, Eng.
S/Sgt. Richard C. PETERS, Gunner
S/Sgt. Floyd D. WILLIAMS, Gunner
S/Sgt. Leroy M. HILL, Tail-gunner
S/Sgt. James R. BOUCHER, Radio-opr.
"BLOND BOMBER" 790BS MACR#4942
Remarks: Ship believed to have
been hit by flak over Berlin. Made some distance back,
finally crashing north of Hanover. Six crew bailed out and
made POW'S were, 1st. Lt. John P. Gavin (Pilot), 2nd Lt.
Frank L. Billiter (Co-pilot), 2nd Lt. Linton A. Allen
(Navigator), T/Sgt. Eugene J. Kuhns (Engineer), S/Sgt. John
B. Angus (Tail-gunner), S/Sgt. Vernon M. Baize
(Radio-operator). Four crew killed.
2nd Lt. Duane E. ATLEY,
S/Sgt. Raymond T. RUSSELL, Gunner
S/Sgt. Leonard G. SAGER, Waist Gunner
S/Sgt. Glen L. HINKEBEIN, Waist Gunner
1944: Group Mission No.22 MACR#4825
Target: Waggun airfield and
factory near Brunswick, Ger.
B-24H-15-FO 42-52477 788BS
Remarks: Aircraft was
attacked by 6 to 7 ME-109's near Brunswick. Four members of
the crew bailed out and were made POW. They were 1st Lt.
Harold Pantis (Navigator), 2nd Lt. Harold W. Torgerson
(Bombardier), S/Sgt. Raymond D. Vogel ( Ball turret gunner)
and T/Sgt. John W. Barker (Radio-opr.). Six crew perished in
2nd. Lt. Charles D. HARRISON,
2nd. Lt. Eugene J. TEAGUE, Co-pilot
S/Sgt. Rufus C. DAVIS, Gunner
T/Sgt. Edmund M. FITZJARRELL, Eng.
S/Sgt. George H. BRANNAN, Waist gunner
S/Sgt. Richard CREIGHTON, Tail gunner
May 1944: Group Mission No.36 MACR#5225
Target: Aircraft factory
and airfield Tutow, Ger.
Remarks: Aircraft hit by
flak and crashed into the Baltic Sea. Eight men bailed out,
two including the pilot Stephens and engineer Peacock
remained in plane and died. Two men drowned were Walther and
Carchietta. Six made POW were 2nd. Lt. Earnest Beasley
(Co-pilot), 2nd Lt. Walter Mitchell (Bombardier), S/Sgt.
Fred Jenkins (Gunner), S/Sgt. John Rabenold (Gunner), S/Sgt.
Kenneth McCracken (Tail-gunner), and T/Sgt. Champ Clark
1st. Lt. Rufus B. STEPHENS,
T/Sgt. Charles L. PEACOCK, Eng.
S/Sgt. George H. WALTHER, Gunner
S/Sgt. John A. CARCHIETTA, Gunner
June 1944: Group Mission No.60 MACR#6235
Target: Workshops at Genshagen,
B-24H-15-FO 42-52497 "OSAGE
Remarks: Aircraft believed hit
by flak in the Berlin area. Last seen falling behind the
reassembled formation but under control. All of the crew
KIA. Speculation, crew successfully bailed out but were
subsequently captured and murdered by the German S.S.
1st. Lt. Edwin M. HELTON, Pilot
2nd. Lt. Maurice F. NELSON, Co-pilot
2nd. Lt Richard J. LUDKA, Bombardier
T/Sgt. Warren C. RANKIN, Eng.
T/Sgt. Frank BORCHICK, Radio-op.
S/Sgt. Thomas A. GENSERT, Gunner
S/Sgt. Stanley E. BRZEZOWSKI, Gunner
S/Sgt. Charles L. KNOWLES, Gunner
S/Sgt. Carmine MARGIASSO, Gunner
June 1944: Group Mission No.67 MACR#7087
Target: Fuselage plant
B-24J-140-CO 42-110187 789BS
Remarks: Aircraft hit by
flak moments after bomb drop, went out of control and
exploded. Majority of crew believed killed by fire in
the oxygen system. 2nd Lt. William Counts- pilot, was sole
survivor of the crew and made a POW.
2nd. Lt. William E. GREBLE,
2nd. Lt. Donald H. HUDSON, Navigator
2nd. Lt. James E. ROBINSON, Bombardier
S/Sgt. John J. MURPHY, Gunner
S/Sgt. Joseph J. KENNEDY, Gunner
S/Sgt. Robert C. FISHER, Eng.
S/Sgt. Harris P. DAVIS, Gunner
S/Sgt. Francis VAN VEEN, Radio-operator
July 1944: Group Mission No.74 MACR#6931
Target: City of Munich, Ger
41-29368 "TAILWIND" 789BS
Remarks: Returning from mission
after being hit by flak and fighters crashed close to the
coast at Sangatte, France. Majority of the crew bailed out,
three crew killed the remaining crew made POW. 2nd Lt.
William G. Hale (Nav.), 2nd Lt. Edward C. Ruff (Bombardier),
S/Sgt Claude M. Maine (Gunner), S/Sgt Glenn H. Richardson
(Gunner), S/Sgt George D. Kunz (Gunner), S/Sgt Walter H.
McCarson (Tail), S/Sgt Roger E. Manders (Radio-op.).
1st. Lt. James F. UNDERWOOD,
2nd Lt. Thornton R. GILLETT, Co-pilot
S/Sgt. Edward S. ZIELINSKI, Eng.
July 1944: Group Mission No.75 MACR#6932
Target: City Centre, Munich,
"BAFFLING BRAT" 789 BS
Remarks: Ship received flak
damage on bomb run. Attempted to reach Switzerland but crew
were forced to bail out near Landec, Austria. Radio-operator
was believed drowned following landing in a river but body
was not found. Remaining 9 members of crew were made POW.
2nd Lt. Fred R. Sullivan (Pilot), 2nd Lt. Marvin D. Sacks
(Co-pilot), 2nd Lt. James L. Walker (Nav.), 2nd Lt. Charles
M. Pollock (Bomb.), S/Sgt. Richard J. Ryan (Eng.), S/Sgt.
Albert M. Taylor (Gunner), S/Sgt. Robert J. Golisch
(Gunner), S/Sgt. Warren H. Baker (Gunner), and S/Sgt. George
L. Prodanovich (Tail-Gunner).
S/Sgt. Joseph R. LUND,
August 1944: Group Mission No.91
Target: Factory and airfield,
Remarks: Aircraft hit by flak
leaving the target at Brunswick. All ten members of the crew
bailed out near Minden, Ger. Co-pilot Charles Whitacre
believed 7 crew members were murdered by hostile German
civilians upon reaching the ground. Three made POW were, 2nd
Lt. Willard A. Langenfeld (Pilot), 2nd Lt. Charles E.
Whitacre (Co-pilot), S/Sgt. John A. Vititoe (Ball-Turret
2nd Lt Robert E. DELAVAN,
2nd Lt. Louis E. YOUNKIN, Bombardier
S/Sgt. Stanley J. KALINEJKO, Eng.
S/Sgt. Robert F. KOWALSKI, Gunner
S/Sgt. Sherwood L. KELLS, Gunner
S/Sgt. Donald T. McVICKER, Tail
S/Sgt. Norman E. SCHNEIDER, Radio-operator
"PERILS OF PAULINE" 790BS MACR#7375
Remarks: Ship had sustained
suspected flak damage and dropped out the formation. Finally
went into a spin where only the Pilot and Engineer
successfully bailed out. Radio-operator fell out of bomb-bay
prior to bailing out, Bombardier is thought to have hit a
propellor bailing out the nose, Co-pilot bailed out but
slipped through his unfastened parachute. Rest of the crew
went down with the ship. POW, 2nd Lt. David E. Love (Pilot),
S/Sgt. John D. Collins (Eng.)
2nd Lt. Edward Z. COLTEY,
2nd Lt. William R. KRAMER, Bombardier
S/Sgt. Joseph J. KLEMAS, Ball-turret
S/Sgt. James L. MOTT, Gunner
S/Sgt. John M. BESENY, Gunner
S/Sgt. Bernard C. LE BAR, Tail-gunner
S/Sgt. John H. O'HARA, Radio-oper.
August 1944: Group Mission No.92
Target: Oil tanks and
processing plant Hamburg, Ger.
B-24H-15-CF 41-29373 "THE
MONSTER" 789BS MACR#7378
Remarks: The ship was struck by
flak about one minute before "Bombs Away". The crew managed
to bail out before the aircraft crashed in Hamburg. One
fatality, remaining crew made POW. 2nd Lt. Damian J. Murray
(Pilot), 2nd Lt. Benedict A. Staudt (Co-pilot), 2nd Lt.
Frederick W. Pulver (Bombardier), S/Sgt. Leslie J. Knott
(Eng.), S/Sgt. Eugene S. Mettler (Ball-Turret), S/Sgt. J.D.
Docouto (Gunner), S/Sgt. Walter C. Sane (Gunner), S/Sgt.
Dominic C. Garetto (Tail), Charles W. Hartney (Radio-oper.)
2nd Lt. Seymour M. GITLITZ,
B-24H-15-CF 41-29421 "WALLOWING
WILBERT" 791BS MACR#7374
Remarks: Took a direct hit from
flak in the right wing, two minutes before the target while
on the bomb run. Three crew successfully bailed out and the
ship is reported to have exploded in mid-air killing the
remaining crew. POWs were 2nd Lt. James R. Gamble
(Navigator), S/Sgt. David W. Johnson (Engineer), and S/Sgt.
James E. Manning (Radio-oper.)
2nd Lt. George J. KOTRABA,
2nd Lt. Sumner A. McCARTNEY, Co-pilot
F.O. Joseph W. KIRBY, Bombardier
S/Sgt. Samuel R. CORBIN, Ball-turret
S/Sgt. Dan R. GAGE, Gunner
S/Sgt. John H. BIGGS, Gunner
S/Sgt. Thaddeus F. JEZ, Tail-gunner
August 1944: Group Mission No.98 MACR#7913
Target: Bridges along the River
Seine, western France.
42-52530 "BUGS BUNNY" 791BS
Remarks: Immediately after
"Bombs Away" was struck by flak in the right wing, broke
into a spin and exploded in mid-air. Both pilots
successfully bailed out and were made POW, the rest of the
crew perished with the aircraft. POWs were 1st Lt. Charles
J. Leyes (Pilot), 2nd Lt. Myles E. Coolidge (Co-pilot).
2nd Lt. Rufus R. BURNS,
S/Sgt. Algy L. HERRING, Bombardier
T/Sgt. Henry J. WORBY, Eng.
Sgt. Leo J. MANLEY, Ball-turret
S/Sgt. William F. WILKINS, Gunner
S/Sgt. Millard C. STEINBRENNER, Gunner
S/Sgt. Albert E. SAKRISON, Tail
Sgt. Robert E. MONTGOMERY, Radio-oper.
August 1944: Group Mission
Target: Junkers factory
Remarks: Direct hit by flak
caused the ship to break in two at the waist windows. This
occured over the target at Magdeburg, no survivors.
1st Lt. Gayle H. MILLER, Pilot
2nd Lt. Jehu F. STEWART, Copilot
2nd Lt. James W. ABELL, Navigator
2nd Lt. Glenn C. KAY, Bombardier
S/Sgt. James M. MARSHALL, Eng.
T/Sgt. Julius I. NORDHOLM, Radio-oper.
S/Sgt. Richard B. SPANGLER, Gunner
S/Sgt. Stephen A. HEFFNER, Tail Gunner
S/Sgt. Thomas A. BOYER, Ball Turret Gunner
S/Sgt. Donald R. GOODMAN, Gunner
October 1944: Group Mission No.119 MACR#9489
Target: Marshalling yards,
"MISS JUDY" 789BS
Remarks: Ship suffered engine
fire and severe vibration. Crew abandoned ship near the
front-line in western Germany. Two crew received shot
wounds, Pilot rumoured to have been shot and killed while
hanging from a tree in his parachute.Pilot was KIA, nine
other crew made POW were, 2nd Lt. Ervin R. Estes (Co-pilot),
2nd Lt. Ben A. Bereskin (Navigator), T/Sgt. Frank C.
Buettner (Eng.), S/Sgt. Elmer J. Barndt (Gunner), T/Sgt.
Gerald L. Pucillo (Radio-oper.), S/Sgt. John A. Potsklan
(Gunner), S/Sgt. Lester E. Hix (Nose-Gunner), Dominick J.
Gerrito (Ball Turret Gunner), Cpl. Ralph C. Donovan (Tail
1st Lt. Donald J. HUDSON, Pilot
November 1944: (Reconnaissance
Remarks: Three men listed as
BOTH K.I.L.O.D. and MIA on this date. Following a weather
recon. for the Days mission, Capt. Marvin M. Paul, 791st
BS, was injured in a crash-landing at Woodbridge. Over
the North Sea his ship ran into a violent storm and spun
down almost to sea level before control was regained. Three
men who had managed to bail out were never found.
Arnold A. WEINRICH, Co-pilot
T/Sgt. Raymond V. ALLEN, Radio-operator
T/Sgt. Lyle M. OSTRANDER, Engineer
November 1944: Group Mission No.132 MACR#10323
Target: Marshalling yards
42-52571 "SNOOPER" 790BS
Remarks: Shortly after leaving
the target, the ship was observed to have #2 engine
feathered and losing altitude until out of sight. The ship
was last seen by an aircraft of the 93rd BG approximately 35
miles SW of Brussels and attempting to call for fighters on
Channel B. He was told he was over friendly territory and to
use Channel C. Nothing more was seen or heard from this crew
and it is presumed the ship crashed into the North Sea with
9 men MIA.
2nd Lt. Maynard M. UNGERER Jr,
2nd Lt. James G. MACDONALD, Co-pilot
2nd Lt. Paul J. WINEBRENNER, Bombardier
S/Sgt. Lloyd C. YOUNG, Eng.
Sgt. Vincent J. McGRATH Jr, Radio-oper.
Sgt. James QUIGLEY, Gunner
Sgt. Arthur L. WEINDEL, Gunner
Sgt. Clarence F. REEVES, Gunner
Sgt. Amos M.SWANBERG, Gunner
December 1944: Group Mission No.147 MACR#11122
Target: Railway communication
centre, Musch, Ger.
Remarks: Ship attacked by enemy
aircraft in the vicinity of St. Vith, Belgium. No.3 engine
on fire, spread through the wing and fuselage and aircraft
exploded. Three crew successfully bailed out, remaining
seven either crashed with the ship or were blown out at time
of explosion. POW were 1st Lt. William W. Truxes (Pilot),
2nd Lt. John E. Sullivan (Co-pilot), and S/Sgt. Burton
Hurwitz (RCM oper.)
F/O David J.
S/Sgt. John N. ELLEFSON, Radio-oper.
S/Sgt. Peter HARDICK, Eng.
Sgt. Alek ONISCHUK, Tail gunner
Sgt. Roland L. MOREHOUSE, Gunner
Sgt. Stanley P. KOLY, Gunner
Sgt. Walter WALINSKI, Gunner
January 1945: Group Mission No.154 MACR#11587
Target: Railway bridge, Guls,
"MASSACHUSETTS GAL" 788BS
Remarks: Ship took a direct hit
by flak in the nose. Several crew were killed outright, with
fire spreading from the front of the ship. Other crew had
flak injuries. Ship crashed near Andernach, Ger., having
entered a spin out of control. Four crew abandoned the ship
safely and made POW were 1st Lt. Arthur M. Holter (Pilot),
2nd Lt. Leslie P. Morgan (Co-pilot), S/Sgt. Warren A. Hurst
(Gunner), and S/Sgt. Robert P. Hine (Gunner).
Capt. John W. SMITH, Pilotage
F/O Walter K. GESCHL, Navigator
2nd Lt. Charles A. FIEDLER, Bombardier
T/Sgt. Don DELLA ROCCA, Eng.
T/Sgt. Richard E. BENNER, Radio-oper.
S/Sgt. Robert A. HIRD, Gunner
February 1945: Group Mission No.173 MACR#12425
yards, Osnabruck, Ger.
42-95080 "SUPER WOLF" 790BS
Remarks: Returning from the
target the ship was flak damaged. The entire crew bailed out
of the ship in eastern Holland. The aircraft crashed near
Emmen, Holland. The Engineer was the sole casualty due
to parachute failure. The remaining 9 crew were captured and
made POW were 2nd Lt. John D. Mullican (Pilot), 2nd Lt. Jay
S. Young (Co-pilot), F/O William J. Caselton (Navigator),
Sgt. Mervyn Levin (Radio-oper.), Sgt. William H. Willis
(Nose-gunner), Sgt. Matt J. Brletich (Gunner), Sgt. Carl R.
Pratt (Gunner), Sgt. Leonard E. Tomaski (Tail-gunner) and
S/Sgt. Francis W. Connor Jr. (RCM Oper.)
Sgt. Walter M. SIES, Eng.
February 1945: Group Mission No.174 MACR#12431
Target: Meschede, Ger. (Mission
recalled due to bad weather)
44-40068 "UMBRIAGO" 788BS
Remarks: Mission recalled while
group was over the North Sea. The entire crew were presumed
forced down in the North Sea as they failed to return. Crews
in the same squadron report severe icing conditions and
excessive power settings to maintain altitude.
1st Lt. Leon F. PORTER, Pilot
F/O Joseph M. GALLAGHER, Co-pilot
2nd Lt. Robert A. WELLS, Navigator
S/Sgt. Russell E. SHEPHERD, Eng.
S/Sgt. Joseph T. WILT, Radio-oper.
Sgt. Fleurian P. CARDIN, Gunner
Sgt. Duncan A. GEDDES, Gunner
Sgt. Gordon R. MARTIN, Gunner
Sgt. Frank E. AYERS, Tail Gunner
March 1945: Group Mission No.
Target: Tank production
factory, Magdeburg, Ger.
42-51171 "ELI SWOF JR" 790BS
Remarks: Aircraft lost an
engine over the target and a further engine from fighter
attacks. Dropped back from the formation and was hit by flak
which resulted in the ship catching fire. Four of the crew
bailed out, one unsuccessfully due to parachute failure
(Sgt. Joseph A. Dore). The remaining crew perished with the
aircraft upon crashing near Dorstend, Ger. Three POW were
F/O Robert F. Herrmann (Navigator), Sgt. Benjamin R. Sharkey
(Tail-gunner), and Sgt. Edward N. Gibbs (Gunner).
2nd Lt. Alvah D. REID, Pilot
F/O Guy F. SHURTZ, Co-pilot
Sgt. Chester M. GUZIK, Eng.
Sgt. Joseph A. DORE, Radio-oper.
Sgt. John T. WATSON, Nose-gunner
Sgt. Bernard A. McGLYNN, Gunner
March 1945: Group Mission No.196 MACR#13136
Target: Factory sites, Berlin,
"SOUTHERN CLIPPER" 789BS
Remarks: Ship hit by flak in
the bomb-bay area over the target at Berlin. Majority of
crew bailed out, one member (Sgt. William B. Wilson) struck
ship below while bailing out and later died from his
injuries. Those made POW were 1st Lt. William E. Shinn
(Pilot), F/O Kenneth C. Micko (Co-pilot), Sgt. Jesse F.
Watkins (Nose-gunner), Sgt. Edward C. Galbraith (Gunner),
Sgt. Stanley P. Simpson (Gunner), and Sgt. Richard L. Cisco
F/O Alfred H. JANSS,
S/Sgt. Carl S. APPEL Jr., RCM oper.
Sgt. Robert L. WILLIAMS, Eng.
Sgt. William B. WILSON, Radio-oper.