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Theodore E Rachel

Military

Crashed near Surburg in B-24 42-50511, Killed in Action (KIA).

Service

People

  • Edward Appel

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Co-Pilot, Bomber Pilot, Fighter Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    Edward Appel was one of the few Pilots who completed tours both in a Bomber Group (30 missions) and as a fighter pilot (17 missions) in the European Theater of Operations (ETO). His bomber was the B-24 Liberator the Latrine Rumor, B-24 (Number 42...

  • Kenneth Frazee

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW). Was Pilot of B-24 #42-50511 which crashed near Surbourg, Alsace, France on 5 September 1944. MACR 8599.

  • Louis Trosclair

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Engineer/Top Turret Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW). He was the Engineer/Top Turret Gunner on B-24 #42-50511 which crashed near Surbourg, Alsace, France on 5 September 1944. Taken prisoner, he was held at Stalag Luft IV in Gross Tychow, Prussia (Tychowo, Poland).

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Units served with

  • 389th Bomb Group

    389th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 389th Bomb Group, known in more familiar terms as "the Sky Scorpions", flew strategic bombing missions in B-24 Liberators from Hethel, England. They also sent detachments to join bases in North Africa at Benghazi No. 10, Libya, between 3 July 1943...

  • 566th Bomb Squadron

    566th Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    Constituted 566th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy) on 19 Dec. 1942. Activated on 24 Dec. 1942. Inactivated on 13 Sept. 1945. Campaigns: Air Offensive, Europe; Sicily; Naples-Foggia; Normandy; Northern France; Rhineland; Ardennes-Alsace; Central Europe; Air...

Aircraft

  • 42-50511

    B-24 Liberator
    This plane was piloted by Lt Frazee and co-pilot Captain Edward Appel on its last mission on 5 September 1944. Its target was the Marshalling yards near Karlsruhe. It was flying deputy lead and on formation instruments nearly all the way. Just before...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Secil, Wisconsin, USA
Killed in Action (KIA) Germany 5 September 1944
Died 5 September 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 April 2020 18:54:54 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

Added a "-" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:25:41 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 8599 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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