B-17G " Carrie B " 42-31593 613th
20 April 1944 Mission # 53 Target: Bois Coquerel , France
20 April 1944 , 15:20 engines are on.
28 aircraft were airborne by 1620 , target today is Bois Coquerel (German V-1 rocket sites on the Pas de Calais) .
Bombing results ranged from fair to excellent on these difficult targets.
Flak was intense and accurate and, because of the haze, all formations made more than one run over the target.
Two 401st aircraft were brought down by flak.
No. 42-97448, flown by Lt. Charles S. Ksieniewicz, and No. 42-31593, flown by Lt. Frank F. Dougherty.
Missing Air Crew Report : 4054
1. Organization : AAF Sta 128.
David N. Hadsell Cpl. 32473097 613 th
Allen S. Buchanan 1st Lt. 0-738535 613 th
Charles D. Kashner S/Sgt. 15333266 613 th
- # 3 engine hit by flak flames along trailing edge to # 4 engine.
A/C left formation and leveled off at 20,000 Feet.
One chute came out but I am of the opinion that it would have been impossible for anyone to have gotten out.
Difficult to tell because of the haze.
About 3 or 4 minutes later A/C pulled up vertically , went into a dive to about 12,000 Feet and then exploded.
Mission to Bois Coquerel, France, # 3 engine hit by flak,went into dive and exploded.
Crashed near Pont-Remy, France
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