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Niel R Snodgrass

Military

Assigned to 566BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF. Fatal mid-air collision with B-24 44-10513 during formation assembly near Carleton Rode, 21-Nov-44. Killed in Action (KIA)

Awards: AM(OLC), PH.

Service

People

  • Alfred Brooks

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 566BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF. Survived mid-air collision with B-24 44-10513 during formation assembly near Carleton Rode, 21-Nov-44. Sole survivor from A/C. RTD Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Julius Heitler

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    It was known in the family that Julius enlisted when he was 17, needing his parents' permission to do so. Three months before his death, he wrote to his sister Sylvia: "I’ve started flying but as yet I haven’t told Mom & Pop. Please don’t tell them...

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 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

  • 42-50452 'Earthquake McGoon'

    B-24 Liberator
    Involved in a mid-air collision with another 389th BG aircraft 44-10513 during formation assembly near Carleton Rode, on 21 November 1944. The pilot of EARTHQUAKE MCGOON on this day was Lt. Alfred Brooks. Brooks was the only survivor from his aircraft....

Missions

  • 720

    21 November 1944

Associated Place

  • Hethel

    Military site : airfield
    Construction of Hethel airfield began in 1941, and was finished in late 1942. The number of hardstandings was increased from the planned 36 to 50 in 1942, in order to accommodate a full heavy bomb group. The 320th Bomb Group occupied the base for ten...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Cleveland, OH 27 March 1919

Son of Gertrude Snodgrass.

1930 Census - Snodgrass [Head of household].

Next of Kin listed as mother surname Barnhart.

Enlisted Cleveland, OH 30 June 1942
Based Hethel 1944 – 21 November 1944

Assigned to 566BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Carleton Rode, Norfolk UK 21 November 1944

Fatal mid-air collision with B-24 44-10513 during formation assembly near Carleton Rode, 21-Nov-44. Killed in Action (KIA)

Buried 22 November 1944

Interred
Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial

Buried Arlington National Cemetery 23 July 1948

Returned with WWII Dead Program from Cambridge
Re-Interred
Arlington,
Arlington County, VA
Sec: 12, Site: 1273

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
07 February 2019 19:15:16 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, role, biography, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/47349792
https://www.fold3.com/record/84216157-niel-r-snodgrass
https://www.fold3.com/image/310763006?rec=299340432
https://www.fold3.com/image/108116865?rec=108116892
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/49319241/niel-r_-snodgrass

Date Contributor Update
14 May 2015 15:54:13 usxpat Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, biography, events, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and media associations
Sources

Find A Grave Memorial# 49319241
www.usaafdata.com

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