Training photo of pilot Lt. Robert L. Mains' crew.
Standing, left to right: Sgt Charles H Daman, Sgt Charles E. Cupp Jr, Sgt Anthony C. Villari, T/Sgt Frank S. Merkovich, Sgt Antonio Munoz Jr, S/Sgt Harry J. Allen.
Kneeling left to right: Lt John Johnson, Lt Robert L. Mains, Lt John Hankin, Lt Allen L. Lake.
Courtesy of the family of Sergeant Charles H Daman.
Daman was killed in action (KIA) while flying B-24 Liberator #44-50838 on 4 April 1945. He was taking part in a mission to attack German bases at Parchim, Perleberg and Wesendorf, when his aircraft encountered enemy fighters over Hamburg.
Daman's aircraft exploded as a result of the attack. One of the members of Daman's crew survived and was able to identify most of the fallen airmen.
In 1997 the POW MIA accounting agency investigated the location of the crash site of Daman's aircraft. In 2014 and 2015 they carried out excavations which uncovered bone fragments which were positively identified as belonging to Daman as a result of DNA analysis. Daman's remains were returned to his family in 2018.
Units served with
The 448th Bombardment Group was organized on 6 April 1943 and activated on 1 May 1943 at Gowen Field, near Boise, Idaho. The initial training of the air crews took place in Florida. The entire group was assembled Wendover Field, Utah. Both air and...
Assigned to 714BS, 448BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Wessendorf with Robert Mains crew 4-Apr-45; A/C downed by fighters, broke up in flight near Lauenburg 1 x POW, 9 x KIA MACR 13730
Only one of the crew, Charles Cupp, survived.
Military site : airfield
Built during 1942-43 as an Eighth Air Force bomber base, Seething had three concrete runways, 51 hardstandings of both loop and 'frying-pan’ types, and two T2 hangars, one on each side of the airfield. It was home to the 448th Bomb Group, equipped with...
||4 April 1945
||2014 – 2015
||Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
||11 July 2018