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The Delirious Dolores (44-40200) shortly after arrival at Metfield, June 1944. The aircraft was named after pilot James C. McKeown's wife Delores.
McKeown Crew: rear, L to R, (G) George McGee, (N) Ross Houston, (CP) Robert McIntyre, (P) James McKeown, (B) George Patton, (E) Francis Hawkins, front, L to R (RO) Joseph Rimassa, (G) Marshal Williams, (G) Frederick Borger, (G) John Murray.
McKeown was severely wounded on 14 June 1944 over St. Cyr.
The Delirious Dolores crashed with a replacement crew after returning from Saarbruken on 13 July 1944. (P) Max R. Shea, (CP) Charles A. Meadow, (N) Harold F. Simon, (TG) Percival M. Lewis, (RG) Solon W. Elliot Jr. were KIA and the aircraft was destroyed.
Most of McKeown's crew continued to fly on the Moose (44-40205) piloted by Warren C. Moore which, along with the rest of the 853rd Bomb Squadron, was shot down over Misburg on 26 November 1944. Borger, Hawkins, Murray, Patten, and Williams were KIA. Houston, McGee, McIntyre, and Rimissa spent the rest of the war as POWs.

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Units

  • 491st Bomb Group

    491st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 491st Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators in bombing missions over northern France and Germany from June 1944 until April 1945. Missions over Germany included bombing the headquarters of the German General Staff at Zossen. The Group was awarded a DUC...

  • 853rd Bomb Squadron

People

  • Frederick Borger

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner
    Killed in Action (KIA) at Gahrden in B-24 'The Moose' #4440205

  • Solon Elliot

    Military
    Killed in Action (KIA)

  • Francis Hawkins

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Gahrden in B-24 'The Moose' #4440205

  • Ross Houston

    Military | Lieutenant | Lead Navigator
    Flew 26 missions, lead crew. Shot down over Misberg Ger. . Prisoner of War (POW) Stalag Luft I , 6 mos. Plane was 'The Moose' #4440205 on 11/26/44 Prisoner of War AM 2clstrs, ETO 3 stars, Presidential Citation, Purple Heart

  • Percival Lewis

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    Killed in Action (KIA) plane was over the base, crashed, killing 5 of the crew (see Ringmasters book) Air Medal; Purple Heart Killed in Action (KIA)

  • George McGee

    Military

  • Robert McIntyre

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed at Gahrden on 26-Nov-44 in B-24 'The Moose' #44-40205

  • Robert McIntyre

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot

  • James McKeown

    Military | Captain | Pilot
    Born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1915, James Carlin McKeown enlisted as an aviation cadet in Chicago in January 1942. He trained as a pilot and was assigned to the 491st Bombardment Group, 853rd Bombardment Squadron. Assigned a new B-24J (44-40200), he...

  • Charles Meadows

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
    Killed in Action (KIA) Letter from crew mate who survived crash landing. Lost all engines due to flak hit over France, losing fuel. They crash landed at Metfield, killing 4, permanently crippling 1. 5 survivors Air Medal/ Purple Heart

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Aircraft

Missions

  • 725

    26 November 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 March 2015 04:14:37 Timothy McKeown Changes to person associations
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C. Timothy McKeown

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03 March 2015 04:09:04 Timothy McKeown Changes to caption
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C. Timothy McKeown

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03 March 2015 02:15:17 Timothy McKeown Changes to person associations
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C. Timothy McKeown

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03 March 2015 02:09:48 Timothy McKeown Changes to unit associations
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C. Timothy McKeown

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03 March 2015 02:08:30 Timothy McKeown Changes to caption
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C. Timothy McKeown

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03 March 2015 02:06:35 Timothy McKeown Changes to collection and caption
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C. Timothy McKeown

Date Contributor Update
03 March 2015 01:17:03 Timothy McKeown Created entry
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CTimothy McKeown (son of the pilot)

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