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Wade Lawrence Pitt

Military

Wade died in a crash during take off in a B-24 on his third mission in March 1945.

Killed when B24J 42-51241 was apparently caught in propwash, and was thrown over on its back on the way back from mission 920. The crew did not have time to escape the aircraft before it started to break up, and it crashed close to St Lawrence, with all crew lost.

In Memoriam

'My good friend, Wade Lawrence Pitt was a co-pilot on B-24 who was killed as his plane crashed on take off on his 3rd mission over Germany in the 4th week of March 1945. We both were assigned to air bases in England in early 1945. I was at a fighter base-Ground crew'
Remembered by Reginald B Holder, Kinston, NC

Service

Units served with

  • 93rd Bomb Group

    93rd Bomb Group

    Group
    93rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 1-March-1942 at Barksdale Field, Louisiana. On 15-May-1942 the Group moved to Ft. Myers, Florida to continue advanced flight training and also to fly anti-submarine patrols over the Gulf of Mexico; they...

  • 409th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-51241

    B-24 Liberator
    B24J 42-51241 was apparently caught in propwash, and was thrown over on its back on the way back from mission 920. The crew did not have time to escape the aircraft before it started to break up, and it crashed close to St Lawrence's church, South Cove...

Missions

Events

Event Location Date
Died South Cove, Beccles, Suffolk NR34, UK March 1945

He was Killed in a crash during take off on his third mission in the 4th week of March 1945

Buried 22 April 1949

Plot: Sec: 15, Site: 75

Buried with 4 other crewmembers:
Edward Johnson
Oliver Jones
Ray Stone
Marvin Tucker

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
30 April 2015 14:57:56 usxpat Changes to service number, highest rank, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations, mission associations and media associations
Sources

Find A Grave Memorial# 49299021
Ancestry.com
http://www.usaafdata.com/
photos and description of the crash: http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/ukcr3.htm

Date Contributor Update
21 November 2014 12:12:46 Emily Changes to memoriam
Sources

Reginald B Holder, via American Air Museum Memory Book Correspondence.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:26:41 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / roster

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