44th Bomber Group, 506th Bomber Squadron, 8thAir Force
Aircraft B-24J with serial number 42-7522 departed from Shipham on a bombardment mission to Bernberg, Germany.
At 1123 hours in the vicinity of Bernberg, Germany, the right bomb-bay doors failed to open. Bombs on the left side were away but on right side, fragmentation bombs hit the door causing a fire in the bomb-bay. The ship flew for a few seconds and then winged over breaking in two at the waist. Ship went down in flames and explosions. Four bodies were clear of the ship but only two chutes were seen to open. Eugene Roop was initially buried on 19 April 1944 at the cemetery of Bernburg-Roschwitz, Germany
Pilot, 1st Lt. John D. Money
Co-Pilot, 1st Lt. Robert G. Stanos
Navigator, 1st Lt. Harold J. Wheatly
Nose-Gunner, S/Sgt. Foster A. Blake
Engineer, T/Sgt. Andrew C. Graff
Left Waist Gunner, Sgt. Wallace E. Kirschner
Radio Operator, T/Sgt. Edward A. Wernicki
Right Waist Gunner, S/Sgt. Donald L. Young
Tail Gunner, S/Sgt. Eugenen W.N. Roop
Ball Turret Gunner, S/Sgt. Herbert S. Hill Jr.