Vaughn Reaves
Born 27 March 1921
Missing in Action since 26 November 1943
427th Bomber Squadron, 303rd Bomb Group (Heavy), 8th Air Force
Son of Lillie M. Fanning, Greeneville, Tennessee
Memorialized at Netherlands American Cemetery, Margraten, Netherlands

Vaughn Reaves and Cecil M. May, both from Tennessee, were crew members on the B-17G, serial number 42-29955, nicknamed “Mr. Five by Five”, which departed from Molesworth, England and was on a bombardment mission to Bremen, Germany. The airplane was last seen 10 kilometers west of Texel Island, the Netherlands over the North Sea when it dropped out of formation with its wheels down. It appeared to be under control when last seen. The B-17 crashed at Den Helder, the Netherlands. All crew members were killed in action. Previously, Reaves and May had served on the B-17 Vicious Virgin, which performed an air raid on Le Bourget airport outside Paris on August 16, 1943. The picture of Reaves and May was taken after that mission.

Crew members
Pilot Captain Adell A. Cote
Co-Pilot 2nd Lt Clarence C. Bixler
Navigator 1st Lt Wilbur R. Barnhill
Bombardier 1st Lt John W. Hull
Engineer/Top Turret Gunner T/Sgt John R. Arter
Assistant Radio Operator/Ball Turret Gunner S/Sgt Cecil M. May
Radio Operator/Gunner T/Sgt Vaughn Reaves
Tail Gunner S/Sgt Paul Gunsauls
Right Waist Gunner S/Sgt John M. Micek
Assistant Engineer/Left Waist Gunner S/Sgt Theodore Gomes

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