Died 24 December 1944
Buried at Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery, Belgium, G, 11, 30

Aircraft B-17G-SH with serial number 44-8355 departed from Rattlesden on a bombing mission to Babenhausen, Germany. The aircraft was hit by direct flak, first in no. 1 engine. On the second hit the plane went into a violent spin. Only two crew members, S/Sgt Penzenik and S/Sgt Rothgeb, were able to bail out. The aircraft crashed at Prum, Germany.

Crew members
Pilot, 1st Lt Miles S. King
Co-Pilot, 2nd Lt Leo Pokrywka
Navigator, 1st Lt Richard G. Carver
Bombardier, 1st Lt Guy E. Cole
Mickey Operator, 2nd Lt Michael Penzenik
Radio Operator, S/Sgt Roy W. Gregory
Top Turret Gunner, S/Sgt Walter W. Trettin
Tail Gunner, Sgt Louis F. Kubiak
Waist Gunner, Sgt James B. Mannon
Waist Gunner, S/Sgt William D. Rothges

  • Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Date of birth:
  • 19 November 1917
  • Date of death: 24 December 1944
  • County: Hamilton
  • Hometown: Dawson, Alabama
  • Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
  • Division/Assignment: 447th Bomber Group, 710th Bomber Squadron, Heavy
  • Theater: Europe
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Awards: Air Medal, Purple Heart
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery, Henri-Chapelle, Belgium
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar X, Middle Panel
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