Aircraft B-17F with serial number 42-5052 departed from Molesworth, England on a bombardment mission to Aschersleben in Germany. #1 and #2 engines were smoking after passing through area of A/A gunfire. A/C was under control and descending when last seen. It crashed near Nordhausen, Germany.

Sgt Slagle didn´t bail out. It is believed that he was killed in the plane. He was initially buried at the Cemetery of Moenchen Gladbach, Grave 394.

Crew members
Pilot, 2nd Lt James Moffat
Co-Pilot, 2nd Lt Frank G. Pringle
Navigator, 2nd Lt Gayle W. Dearborn
Bombardier, F/O Paul L. Mazey
Engineer/Tail Turret Gunner, S/Sgt Richard E. Rowan
Assistant Engineer/Left Waist Gunner, Sgt Wilbur R. Sanders
Radio Operator, Sgt Enos E. Odell
Assistant Radio Operator/Ball Turret Gunner, Sgt Vincent C. Loeffel
Right Waist Gunner, Sgt Jack A. Slagle
Tail Gunner, Sgt Nicholas J. Fizzani

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