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.
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