Sam R. Connelly jr.
Died 13 November 1943
389th Bomber Group, 565th Bomber Squadron, Heavy
Aircraft B-24D with serial number 42-72868 departed from Hethel, England and was on an operational mission to Bremen, Germany.
On 13 November 1943 at approximately 1120 the undersigned saw plane 42-72868 crash into plane 42-72875. Plane 42-72875 passed over from the left of our plane and went to the right and fell into position 300 to 400 yards off our right wing. Another B-24D, 42-72868 came over and smashed into plane 42-72875. The no. 4 engine of plane 42-72868 hit behind the No. 1 engine of plane 42-72875. Plane 42-72868 immediately broke up and the other plane went into an almost vertical dive. We followed the plane from our position and saw it go down for 2000 to 3000 feet.
–Statement from Richard C. Coleman, 1st Lt, Air Corps
Pilot, 2nd Lt Sam R. Connelly, Jr.
Co-Pilo,t 2nd Lt Willis L. Webb
Navigator, 2nd Lt Robert E. Tennant
Bombardier, 2nd Lt Donald P. Collins
Radio Operator, T/Sgt William R. Collier
Top Turret Gunner, T/Sgt John A. Stachowiak
Ball Turret Gunner, S/Sgt Joseph H. Longdo
Left Waist Gunner, S/Sgt Robert J. Sadler
Tail Gunner, S/Sgt Emanuel A. Litman
2nd Lt Connelly is buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Saint Louis, Missouri in the same grave with
S/Sgt Richard E. Bartlett, Sgt Benjamin Caplan, 2nd Lt Donald P. Collins, 1st Lt Ralph W. Cummings, S/Sgt Joseph R. Doyle, T/Sgt Frederick H. Homnick, S/Sgt, William H. Major, 2nd Lt Robert F. Schroeder
1st Lt Richard G. Sedivec, 2nd Lt Robert E. Tennant, 2nd Lt Robert Timmer and 2nd Lt Willie L. Webb