Aircraft B-24H with serial number 42-64435 was on a bombardment mission to Munster in Germany. On their way back to England the aircraft was last seen over the North Sea with No. 2 engine on fire after which a large explosion was observed beneath the ship, believed the bombs from the plane. After the explosion the plane was seen going down out of control and headed back towards the Dutch Coast.

Crew members
Pilot, 2nd Lt Herman H. Miller
Co-Pilot, 2nd Lt Henry P. Walley
Navigator, 2nd Lt John L. Becker
Bombardier, 2nd Lt Wilbur H. Luetzow
Radio Operator, S/Sgt Seymour Zimmerman
Waist Gunner, Sgt William J. Baum
Engineer/Top Turret Gunner, S/Sgt James W. Robinson
Assistant Engineer/Waist Gunner, Sgt Arthur W. Swanson
Belly Turret Gunner, Sgt Walter T. Gorka
Tail Gunner, Sgt Harold T. Barton

Memorialized at Cambridge American Cemetery, Cambridge, England

  • Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Date of death: 21 February 1944
  • County: Hamilton
  • Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
  • Division/Assignment: 576th Bomber Squadron, 397th Bomber Group, Heavy
  • Theater: Europe
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Awards: Air Medal, Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Cambridge American Cemetery, Cambridge, England
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar X, Bottom Panel
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