Died in Germany on January 11, 1944
Buried at Ardennes American Cemetery, Neupré, Belgium, B, 35, 46

Aircraft B-17F with serial number 42-29993 departed from Thurleigh, England on a heavy bombing mission to Halberstadt, Germany. The aircraft was attacked by FW-190’s and had their tail shot off. They crashed at Diepenveen in the Netherlands.

Crew members
Pilot, 2nd Lt Donald W. Tattershall
Co-Pilot, 2nd Lt William E. Grisham
Navigator, 2nd Lt James Crabtree Jr.
Bombardier, 2nd Lt John T. Whittle Jr.
Engineer-Top Turret Gunner, S/Sgt Leroy K. Johnson
Radio Operator, T/Sgt James A. Hobbs
Ball Turret Gunner, S/Sgt Carmel A. Melita
Right Waist Gunner, Sgt Robert H. Hegg
Left Waist Gunner, Sgt Elmer J. Sweitzer
Tail Gunner, SSgt William E. Dodson

  • Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Date of death: 11 January 1944
  • County: Scott
  • Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
  • Division/Assignment: 369th Bomber Squadron, 306th Bomber Group, Heavy
  • Theater: Europe
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Awards: Air Medal, Purple Heart
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Ardennes American Cemetery, Neupré (Neuville-en-Condroz), Belgium
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar XVII, Middle Panel
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