Shot down 8 March 1943 in B-17F 41-24588 [WF:A] 'Carter and His Little Pills', 305BG/364BS while serving as Ball Turret Gunner. Aircraft ditched into the English Channel on return from bombing the railroad marshalling yards at Rennes, France. The entire crew perished in the sea. Killed in Action (KIA).
Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Cluster, Purple Heart
Units served with
The 305th Bombardment Group (Heavy), nicknamed "Can Do" was activated 1-March-1942 at Salt Lake City Air Base, Utah which was their primary training base until 11-Jun-1942 when they relocated to Geiger Field, Washington until 29-Jun-1942, then on to...
B-17 Flying Fortress
B-17F-27-BO 41-24588 [WF-A] "Carter and His Little Pills" was assigned to the 364BS/305BG at Presque Isle, Maine 19-Oct-42; Grafton Underwood 25-Oct-42; Missing in Action 8-Mar-43. Aircraft was on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at...
8 March 1943
The railroad marshalling yards at Rennes and Rouen, France are the primary targets for this mission. A formation comprised of 67 B-17s: 91BG (14); 303BG (19); 305BG (16) and 306BG (18) is despatched to bomb at Rennes. Conditions are good with no cloud...
Military site : airfield
Chelveston was adapted and expanded in preparation for the arrival of American forces. Rather than heavy bombers, the first aircraft to fly from its runways were C-47 Skytrains that were flown by the 60th Troop Carrier Group in July 1942. The first...
||Harrison County, West Virginia
|Killed in Action (KIA)
||8 March 1943
Killed when aircraft was ditched into the English Channel on return from bombing the railroad marshalling yards at Rennes, France. His remains have never been recovered.
||Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial, Madingley Road, Coton, Cambridgeshire CB23 7PH, UK
Commemorated on the Wall of the Missing, Cambridge American Cemetery.