The following contains details
of 467th Group personnel who lost their lives during WW2
during the training phase at Wendover, Utah; in England or
on/over Allied controlled territory. They were a result of
accidents, crashes, those killed on combat operations
returning to the UK, crew killed aboard an aircraft and
returned to Allied territory, and enemy intruder activity.
These are simply the basic details of the loss(es) and
compiled through a variety of official sources. If further
amplification is required contact Andy
S/Sgt. James D. Pridgen
Remarks: Road Traffic Accident returning from Ely, Nevada.
Truck overturned with injuries to several others.
B-24E-20-FO 42-7183 789BS
Remarks: The crew and
passengers were part of a 5-ship formation flying B24E
42-7183 in number#3 position. The mission was a
cross-country training flight landing at Pocatello Army Air
Base, Idaho. The purpose of the mission was two fold;
training, and the temporary relocation of aircraft and crews
to Pocatello. The weather forecast of several days of
unflyable weather at Wendover made the relocation of the
operating base advisable.
The formation was normal for approximately 70 miles at which
time B24E 42-7183 was out of normal position in that he was
high and back of his normal place. In attempting to regain
normal position, aircraft 42-7183 got in prop wash of lead
aircraft in the formation and was thrown down on top of
aircraft B24E 42-7408, which was in #4 position of the
formation. The impact was severe in that it tore off left
wing of B24E 42-7408 from tip to #1 engine. B24E 42-7183 was
badly damaged, went into a flat spin and crashed. All aboard
killed. Location 12 miles NE Hogup, Utah.
2nd Lt. Carroll E. Meyer, Pilot
2nd Lt.Paul J. Kohler, Co-Pilot 788th BS
2nd Lt. Lawrence G. McGinnis, Navigator 788th BS
2nd Lt. Richard Settineri, Bombardier 788th BS
Sgt. Clyde Hewitt, Eng. 788th BS
Cpl. Lawrence A. Griffin, Radio-Operator 788th BS
2nd Lt. Ray W. Gambol, Pilot 788th BS
2nd Lt. William D. Lieber, Co-Pilot 788th BS
2nd Lt. James H. Hutcheson, Navigator 788th BS
2nd Lt. John H. Moffett, Bombardier 788th BS
Sgt. Saul Becker, Eng. 788th BS
Pvt. Lloyd E. Fowler, Radio- Operator 788th BS
B-24E-25-FO 42-7408 790BS
Remarks: Crew and passengers
were in #4 position flying B24E 42-7408 in a 5-ship
formation to Pocatello AAB. Ship B24E 42-7183 crashed down
on top of B24E 42-7408. The left wing was torn off , the
ship went over on its back and dived out of control to the
ground and exploded, completely demolishing the aircraft.
All aboard killed. Location 12 miles NE Hogup, Utah.
1st Lt. Austin W. Clark,
1st Lt. Milton O. Bell Pilot
2nd Lt. John D. Rogers Co-Pilot
2nd Lt. James B. Sharp Navigator
2nd Lt. Richard R. Abmyer Bombardier
Sgt. Anton P. Brakjovick Eng.
Sgt. Ralph E. Dahlkamp Radio-Operator
Sgt. Edward W. Arnold
Cpl. Francis E. Hanson
S/Sgt. Hans R. Priester
S/Sgt. Joseph L. Guth
Sgt. Stanley F. Roberson
Cpl. Hugh W. Robinson
Cpl. Robert T. Nery
Remarks: Accidentally killed on the base at Wendover,
were tasked to perform an A-5 Automatic Pilot flight check
in co-operation with Bomb Sight Maintenance Section.
Aircraft was B24H 42-52386 that had previously flown 2 days
earlier with reports the A-5 equipment was not functioning
properly. The A-5 equipment was ground-checked the previous
day but needed a flight check before the Engineering Officer
could take it off red diagonal. Lt. Dorsey made his
departure at 1648 with 10 hours of fuel, an hour ETA, and
the proposed flight to be within 50 miles radius of
Wendover. Weather at the time was a cloud base of 1500ft,
visibility 6 miles. Later deteriorating to 1000ft ceiling,
0ne and a-half miles visibility with light intermittent
snow. All aircraft were recalled to base because of the
deteriorating weather; no further contact was made with
ship#386. Overdue action was taken 1 hour after ETA and
search and rescue alerted at various fields. Aircraft
remained missing for 7 weeks finally located on the 17th
March 44, a complete wreck 7 miles NE of Wendover AAB in the
Desert Range Mountains. All crew killed.
2nd Lt. Duray
W. Dorsey, Pilot
1st Lt. Edward R. Downie Co-Pilot
S/Sgt. Robert K. Christensen Eng.
S/Sgt. James A. Bassett Radio-Operator
Sgt. Jack J. Schoenfeldt
T/Sgt. Edlin K. Harbour
B-24H-15-CF 41-29396 789BS
Remarks: Nine crew killed while
participating in a training combat mission from Wendover.
Shortly after take-off the aircraft failed to emerge through
a layer of low lying stratus and struck mountain-side 8
miles northeast of the Wendover Base.
1st Lt. Earl C. BONVILLE, Pilot
2nd Lt. Archibald J. LEWIS, Co-pilot
2nd Lt. John T. LYNCH, Navigator
T/Sgt. Leo H. GOODNESS, Engineer
S/Sgt. Carl D. HARMON, Radio-operator
Sgt. Robert E. NICHOLAS, Gunner
Sgt. Ward C. FLANAGAN, Ball-turret
Cpl. Angus A. McKENZIE, Gunner
Cpl. William H. LITTLE, Tail-gunner
42-52554 "RANGOON RAMBLER" 790BS
Remarks: Aircraft crashed
into the Atlas Mountains between Dakar and Marrakech in poor
visibility while en route to England. All crew killed.
2nd Lt. Edward J. MOSSER, Pilot
2nd Lt. Earl L. HOUSTON, Co-pilot
2nd Lt. Thomas M. FORD, Navigator
2nd Lt. Robert H. DEAVES, Bombardier
T/Sgt. Luther E. MASSEY, Radio-operator
S/Sgt. Robert P. WATERMAN, Eng.
S/Sgt. John K. DETWILER, Gunner
S/Sgt. Anthony J. GORCZEWSKI, Gunner
Sgt. Gene S. GREEN, Gunner
Cpl. Howard J. KELLY, Gunner
Remarks: Crew ferrying a B-24
for the ATC , crashed on take-off at Dakar. Four crew
F/O Alvin N. RUBIN, Co-pilot
Sgt. David E. BERTCH, Ball-turret
Sgt. Ernest M. RITCHEY, Radio-oper.
Sgt. Earl WILLINGHAM, Gunner
1944: Group Mission No.2
Target: Focke-Wulf factory,
42-52531 "DEVILS HOSTESS" 790BS
Remarks: Crash-landed onto a
bungalow at Stalham, Norfolk. First combat loss. Seven crew
2nd Lt. Jack M. SKINNER, Pilot
2nd Lt. Charles L. STUCKMAN, Co-pilot
2nd Lt. Emmett L. WILDER, Bombardier
2nd Lt. Axel R. DAHLIN, Navigator
T/Sgt. Raymond J. EATON, Eng.
S/Sgt. K. Norris HARSHBARGER Jr., Gunner
S/Sgt. Russell E. REED, Tail-gunner
1944: Group Mission No.8
Target: "No-Ball" installation
Remarks: Co-pilot of Lt. Volk's
ship 789 BS killed by flak that hit the lead aircraft. All
aircraft returned. A Command Pilot was aboard the ship, and
it is believed the co-pilot was occupying the tail-gunner
2nd Lt. Oliver W. SNOOK,
1944: Group Mission No.10
Target: Marshalling yards Hamm,
42-52445 791 BS
Remarks: Shot from the rear by
ME-410 intruder aircraft that entered the landing pattern of
returning ships. Crashed near Barsham, Suffolk. Seven
killed, (E.W. Hoke due to parachute failure). Three gunners
bailed out safely.
1st. Lt. Stalie C. REID, Pilot
2nd. Lt. Warren W. MASON, Co-pilot
2nd. Lt. James G. FERGUSON, Navigator
2nd. Lt. Louis A. ALIER, Bombardier
T/Sgt. Sylvio L. DERY, Eng.
Sgt. Edward W. HOKE, Ball-gunner
T/Sgt. Walter W. KOVALENKO, Radio-operator
42-52536 788 BS
Remarks: Shot down by
intruders, crashed at Witherdale St., Mendham, Suffolk. All
ten crew killed.
2nd. Lt. James A. RODEN, Pilot
2nd. Lt. J.H. MAXEY, Co-pilot
2nd. Lt. Wellington E. LANDIS, Navigator
2nd. Lt. Robert E. WILSON, Bombardier
S/Sgt. Louis J. VIOLETTE, Engineer
S/Sgt. George E. CARTER, Radio-operator
S/Sgt. Richard E. HORAK, Gunner
S/Sgt. James R. HOWE, Gunner
S/Sgt. Charles D. McGONIGLE, Gunner
S/Sgt. Riley E. ORR, Gunner
Remarks: A member of ground
personnel was killed while cycling during intruder attack on
the base at Rackheath.
Daniel E. MINEY (1229 QMC)
1944: Group Mission No.16
Station, Berlin, Ger.
B-24H-15-CF 41-29380 788
Remarks: A waist gunner flying
in Lt. Bill Dillon's ship of the 788th BS fell out of the
aircraft about 5 miles from the English coast after
encountering severe turbulence.
Sgt. James W. STORY,
1944: Group Mission No.21
Target: Waggum airfield and
factory near Brunswick, Ger.
Remarks: A crew member flying
in Lt. Swearingen's ship (791 BS), was badly wounded and
died before the ship landed.
S/Sgt. George S.
1944: Group Mission No.60
Target: Workshops at Genshagen,
41-29385 "DOUBLE TROUBLE" 789BS
Remarks: A tail-gunner with the
Lt. William Shiner crew, 789th BS, was killed by flak.
S/Sgt. Paul D.
1944: Group Mission No.65
Target: Airfield at Bretigny,
42-95162 "PERILS OF PAULINE" 790 BS
Remarks: Radio-operator from
the Elroy W. Beaney crew was struck by a piece of flak
through the open bomb bay which pierced his oxygen mask,
severing the jugular vein.
T/Sgt. Joseph V.
1944: Group Mission No.74
Target: City of Munich, Ger.
41-28695 "RUTH MARIE" 790 BS
Remarks: Lt. Edwin Lackens
aircraft crashed at Hardwick airfield after running short of
fuel and battle damaged. Struck chemical/supply building
narrowly missing the control tower. Eight men were wounded.
S/Sgt. Arthur D.
Sgt. John MIKULIN, Gunner
1944: Group Mission No.89
Target: Gasoline fuel
consumption, Lille, Fra.
42-52424 "JACK THE RIPPER II" 791 BS
Remarks: Flying their third
mission the Lt. Laszlo crew's aircraft crash-landed and
burned on return from mission at Manston airfield. Four crew
killed, four WIA.
2nd. Lt. Richard J. COLLINS,
2nd. Lt. Dan M. SANDERFORD, Bombardier
S/Sgt. Benjamin F. McCAMISH, Eng.
S/Sgt. Albert B. COVEN, Radio-oper.
1944: Group Mission No.92
Target: Oil tanks and
processing plant Hamburg, Ger.
42-95224 "LONELY HEART" 791BS
Remarks: One man fell out of
bomb-bay, co-pilot with the Charles J. White crew, 791st BS
2nd. Lt. Roy J. DOOLE, Co-pilot
1944: Group Mission No.93
Target: Oil storage depot,
42-52565 "MY IDEAL" 789 BS
Remarks: Aircraft crashed on
return near to crossroads at Honeycombe Salhouse, close to
Rackheath. Eight killed, one man thrown clear and survived.
1st. Lt. Harold R. CHILVER,
2nd. Lt. Sol SCHLOMOWITZ, Co-pilot
2nd. Lt. Roger B. RAINAULT, Navigator
2nd. Lt. George B. WICKERHAM, Bombardier
S/Sgt. Carl S. BISHOP, Radio-oper.
S/Sgt. Samuel FINGER, Eng.
Sgt. Frank G. EVANCICH, Gunner
Sgt. Howard A. LLOYD, Gunner
1944: (Practice Mission)
Remarks: Brought down in the
North Sea by a jammed stray machine gun from another ship
while on a training mission. Six men K.I.L.O.D.
1st. Lt. William V. PREWITTE,
2nd. Lt. William H. HALL, Co-pilot
2nd. Lt. Malcolm N. PATTANGALL Jr., Navigator
1st. Lt. George R. GODSHALK Jr., Bombardier
1st. Lt. Edward C. GROOMS, Navigator
S/Sgt. Oliver E. MEREDITH Jr., Eng.
1944: Group Mission No.102
Target: Aero-engine works
42-50439 "BROAD AND HIGH" 788 BS
Remarks: Lt. Roger Leister crew
crash-landed in a field at Kirby Bedon battle damaged and
short of fuel. Four crew killed.
2nd. Lt. William M. SHERRILL,
T/Sgt. George LIFSCHITZ, Radio-oper.
T/Sgt. Darlton W. PONTIUS, Eng.
S/Sgt. Philip A. SNYDER, Gunner
1944: Practice Mission
Remarks: A collision in mid-air
between B-24H 42-95224 "LONELY HEART" and the Group's P-47
"LITTLE PETE" flown by Lt. Col. Walter R. Smith resulted in
the nose-turret suffering severe damage and a fatality to
Sgt. Albert S.
DADIG Jr., Nose-gunner (791st Sq.)
1944: Group Mission No. 119
Target: Marshalling yards
Remarks: Bombardier on Lt.
Billy Williams crew, 788th BS, received a severe chest wound
2nd Lt. John Smith, Bombardier
1944: Group Mission No.128
Target: Oil Refinery, Misburg,
44-40120 "THAT'S ALL BROTHER" 788BS
Remarks: Waist-gunner on Lt.
Martin Sefca's ship, 788th BS, killed by flak which exploded
in upper waist of aircraft.
S/Sgt. Willard T.
December 1944: Group Mission No.146
Target: Communications centres,
Duan, Gerolstein, Ober, Ger.
Remarks: One man belonging to
the Lt. John T. McArthur crew, 790th BS, fell out the bomb
bay attempting to salvo bombs during emergency southeast of
Sgt. Denver C.
December 1944: Group Mission No. 147
Target: Communication Centres
at Mechenich, Gerolstein and Hallschlag.
42-94963 788 BS
Remarks: The 788th BS came
under attack from enemy aircraft near St. Vith, Belgium.
This ship was battle damaged and crash-landed behind
friendly lines at St. Trond airfield in Belgium. The ship
careered off the runway striking a parked B-24 and caught
fire. Both pilots were killed in the fire.
1st Lt. Martin SEFCA,
2nd Lt. Weldon M. HANKS, Co-pilot
December 1944: Group Mission No.151
Target: Communication centre,
42-95115 790 BS
Remarks: Both aircraft crashed
on take-off in dense fog at Wroxham after striking trees
using instruments on departure. Two other aircraft also
lost. B-24J 44-10607 789 BS, crash-landed at Attlebridge
after being damaged on take-off. B-24H 42-94881 789 BS, was
abandoned over Suffolk after the crew baled out and crashed
in the North Sea. The mission was subsequently "scrubbed" by
Col. Shower with 15 men killed and 4 seriously injured.
2nd. Lt. Kurt F. SCHELLHAS,
F/O Clifford A. PHENEGER,
F/O Richard S. HAGIST,
Sgt. Joseph F. FEARON, Eng.
Sgt. Albert MONTICK, Radio-oper.
Sgt. Lewis E. BYERS, Gunner
Sgt. Karl J. KOLLER, Gunner
Sgt. Edward R. MATEREWICZ, Gunner
Sgt. Robert L. WILLIAMS, Gunner
Sgt. Dale K. KETCHEL, Gunner
1st. Lt. David W. FOSTER, Pilot
2nd. Lt. Lewis C. CHRISTIAN, Co-pilot
S/Sgt. Robert J. MASIAK, Eng.
Sgt. Duane E. CLOSE, Gunner
Sgt. Bertie M. VAUGHT Jr., Gunner
1945: Practice Mission
42-94811 "TOMMY THUMPER II" 790 BS
Remarks: Crashed in Church
Street, Old Catton, due to stalling following loss of an
engine during a turn while on a practice flight. Nine men
F/O John T. McARTHUR Jr,
F/O James R. PRENDERGAST, Copilot
F/O Otto W. STOKES, Navigator
S/Sgt. Clarence J. RACHFORD, Eng.
Sgt. Leonard ROSTKOWSKI, Gunner
Sgt. Floyd W. ERICKSON, Gunner
Sgt. William E. WALKER, Gunner
Sgt. Frank C. WASSON, Gunner
Sgt. John F. O'MALLEY Jr., Radio-Operator
1945: Group Mission No.186
Target: Railway yards
41-28981 "WOLVES INC" 789 BS
Remarks: On return the aircraft
went out of control and plunged into the North Sea ten miles
off Cromer. Eight crew killed and two men saved. Rumoured to
have been brought down by a British coastal battery.
1st. Lt. George W. MILLS, Pilot
2nd. Lt. Nathan M. HATKOFF, Co-pilot
F/O Theologos MISSIRAS,
T/Sgt. Michael GRINKIAVICIUS, Eng.
T/Sgt. James A. DICK, Radio-oper.
S/Sgt. James E. ULERICK, Gunner
S/Sgt. Hugh R. CASSELS, Gunner
S/Sgt. John W. RINESMITH, Gunner
1945: Group Mission No.196
Target: Factory sites Berlin,
Remarks: Force landed in Soviet
controlled territory after being hit by flak. Two crew
killed, navigator struck by flak, engineer blown out of
1st. Lt. Harold P. VAN TRESS
T/Sgt. George E. FULLER, Engineer