B-17G " Sac Hound " 42-31467 613th
2 March 1944 Mission #29 Target: Frankfurt
2 March 44 , 0800 hours , engines are on.
36 aircraft were airborne by 0915 , mission #29 , target today is a Engineering Plant in Frankfurt , Germany.
The plane was forced down when attacked by a swarm of German fighters.
The pilot , Lt. Sheahan, his bombardier, Lt. D. M. Conway, and his Engineer, T/Sgt. R. W. Rickey, escaped capture
and were hidden for five months in Belgium.
Missing Air Crew Report : 2742
1. Organization : AAF Sta 128.
Clyde A. Lewis 1st Lt. O-800905 615th
William M. Eaton 1st Lt. O-736661 615th
Emmett S. Sutton 2nd Lt. O-684790 615th
- Aircraft was attacked by 6 or 7 fighters ( me 109's ) which shot up tail badly.
A/C went into steep dive for 800 ft and leveled off, pulling back into formation when 2 more fighters hit him.
Ship nosed up , 4 or 5 chutes came out , then it went into a spin and another chute came out.
After another 3000 feet drop one more chute was seen.
When last observed ship was about 1 mile behind formation.
Mission to Frankfurt, germany, Aircraft was attacked by 6 or 7 fighters ( me 109's ) which shot up tail badly.
Chrashed near St Gerard, Belgium.
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