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1941 - 1945

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13.04.1944 339 Bomber Squadron - 96th Bomb Group B-17G 42-40016 “The Character” 2nd Lt. Daniel

Operation: Augsburg Germany

Date: 13th April 1944 (Thursday)

Unit: No. 339 Bomber Squadron - 96th Bomb Group

Type: B17G Flying Fortress

Serial: 42-40016 (“The Character”)

Code: AW-

Base: USAAF Snetterton

Location: 30 miles SW of Augsburg Germany

Pilot: 2nd Lt. John C. Daniel Jr. 0-1011837 USAAF Age 25. Killed Forest Lawn Cemetery Norfolk City Virginia, USA

Co-Pilot: 2nd Lt. Joseph W. Kiska 0-816742 USAAF PoW

TT/Eng: S/Sgt. Charles E. Gilmore 15383262 USAAF KIlled Zachary Taylor National Cemetery Kentucky, USA Plot: C, 425

Nav: 2nd Lt. James G. Hatheway 0-746810 USAAF PoW Stalag Luft 1 Barth

Air/Bmr: 2nd Lt. Andrew F. Detmers 0-703613 USAAF PoW Stalag Luft 1 Barth

Radio/Gnr: S/Sgt. John S. Drozd 11103690 USAAF PoW Stalag 17b Braunau

BT/Gnr: Sgt. James E. Preston 32871763 USAAF Killed Zachary Taylor National Cemetery Kentucky, USA Plot: C, 425

RW/Gnr: Sgt. James P. Curran 31132702 USAAF Killed

LW/Gnr: Sgt. Emery M. Radman 19084357 USAAF Killed

T/Gnr: Sgt. Cyril J. Mullin 1720816 USAAF Killed Zachary Taylor National Cemetery Kentucky, USA Plot: C, 425

REASON FOR LOSS:

Understood to have been shot down by flak. No further information available and we invite any further details that you may have. (Full credits placed)

The crew L-R standing: S/Sgt. J. Drozd, Sgt. J. Preston, Sgt. E. Radman, Sgt. C. Mullin, Sgt. J. Pavia, S/Sgt. C. Gilmore, L-R seated: 2nd Lt. J. Hatheway, 2nd Lt. J. Daniel Jr, 2nd Lt. J. Kiska, 2nd Lt. A. Detmers.

Burial details:

2nd Lt. John C. Daniel Jr. Forest Lawn Cemetery Norfolk City, Virginia, USA. Next of kin details not currently available - are you able to assist?

S/Sgt. Charles E. Gilmore. Zachary Taylor National Cemetery, Kentucky, USA. Grave C.425. Next of kin details not currently available - are you able to assist?

Sgt. James E. Preston. Zachary Taylor National Cemetery, Kentucky, USA. Grave C.425. Next of kin details not currently available - are you able to assist?

Sgt. Cyril J. Mullin. Zachary Taylor National Cemetery, Kentucky, USA. Grave C.425. Next of kin details not currently available - are you able to assist?

Researcher Michel Beckers for Aircrew Remembered August 2016. With thanks to Jeff Morris for grave photograph - others from the Michel Beckers collection.

Acknowledgments: Sources used by us in compiling Archive Reports include: Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vols. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - 'Nightfighter War Diaries Vols. 1 and 2', Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - 'Bomber Command War Diaries', Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Tom Kracker - Kracker Luftwaffe Archives and Fred Paradie - Paradie Archive (both on this site), Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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