Henry L. Douglas
Born 9 January 1919
Died 28 September 1944
Memorialized at Douglas Cemetery, LaFollette, TN
Son of Ruth H. Douglas, East Central Avenue, La Follette, Tennessee

Staff Sergeant
4th Bomber Squadron, 34th Bomber Group

Aircraft B-17G with Serial numer 44-8303 departed from Southwold on a strategic bombing mission to Merseburg, Germany. The aircraft sustained a direct hit by flak in the area of the southern Ruhr defenses and northern Koblenz defenses, exact location of initial damage is unknown. The action took place between 1308 and 13620 hours. It was hit between no. 2 engine and fuselage and immediately burst into flames which enveloped the entire A/C. It is thought gas tanks must have been hit. A/C peeled out of formation, thus saving other A/C in formation and went into a spin. After completing three turns the aircraft exploded, at approximately 12,000 feet. Reports indicate a definite explosion followed by disintegration, in addition to the fire. Two chutes were reported by one crew only, other crews reported no chutes.

Pilot, 2nd Lt Seraphin E. Schwartz
Co-Pilot, 2nd Lt Richard J. Eike
Navigator, 1st Lt Thomas H. Smith
Bombardier, F/O Ira C. McBee
Radio Operator, S/Sgt David W. Payne
Engineer/Gunner, T/Sgt Leslie H. Baker
Tail Gunner, S/Sgt Henry L. Douglas
Nose Gunner, S/Sgt Bennett J. Rentz
Waist Gunner, S/SGt Earl O. Walters

  • Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Date of birth:
  • 9 January 1919
  • Date of death: 28 September 1944
  • County: Campbell
  • Hometown: LaFollette
  • Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
  • Division/Assignment: 4th Bomber Squadron, 34th Bomber Group
  • Theater: Europe
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Awards: Purple Heart
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Douglas Cemetery, LaFollette, TN
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar VII, Top Panel
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