Hugh H. McCutchan Jr.
Parents: Hugh H. and Margaret M. McCutchan
Born December 28, 1923 in Knoxville, TN
Died March 26, 1945
Pilot, 2nd Lt Hugh H. McCutchan Jr.
Co-Pilot, 2nd Lt James A. Holt
Navigator, F/O Julius H. Bowers
Waist Gunner, Sgt Howard J. Armstrong
Aerial Gunner, Sgt Thomas J. Dalton
Ball Gunner, Sgt John B. Lamkin
Tail Gunner, Sgt Irrin Meltz
Radio Operator/Gunner, Sgt Bert W. Servo
Toggelier, Sgt Paul E. Sheets
Upon returning from an operational mission, 26 March 1945, inclement weather was encountered and the 34th Group leader instructed the Squadron Leaders to peel off the aircraft on top of the cloud layer and make an SOP instrument letdown on Buncher 19. At approximately 1802 an explosion was seen from Control Tower, Sta. 156, followed closely by an second explosion. Investigation revealed one aircraft to be a B-17 with serial number 43-38402, piloted by H.H. McCutchan. The location of the remains of the aircraft is at coordinates of 5212N-0411E, near village of Framsden which indicates that Lt McCutchan was following SOP letdown. The records reveal that the cause of the crash was due to inclement weather.