Lt Edward C. Grooms was a navigator on aircraft B-24J with serial number 44-40154. On 29 May 1944 the aircraft departed from N. Pickenham on a bombing mission to Politz, Germany. On the return from the mission the aircraft was losing altitude over the North Sea when two or the engines failed. The crew was forced to bail out and Lt Grooms, together with 8 other crew members, were rescued by the Air Sea Rescue boat. Only the Bombardier 2nd Lt Henry G. Muller didn´t survive. The Air Sea Rescue boat searched the area but failed to find him.

Lt Grooms died non battle a few months later. They had to ditch their aircraft, B-24H with serial number 42-50580 while on a practice mission, and it was lost in the North Sea.

Crew members
Pilot, 1st Lt William V. Prewitte
Co-Pilot, 2nd Lt Wiliam H. Hall
2nd Lt Malcolm N. Pattangall
1st Lt George R. Godshalk
1st Lt Edward C. Grooms
S/Sgt Oliver E. Meredith
S/Sgt Robert L. Mattson
S/Sgt Edward E. Cromley
T/Sgt Charles N. Trout
Capt John J. Taylor
T/Sgt Edgar J. Foss

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