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Earl Davis Warren Jr.

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From the Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 15215 (3 October 1944 - Brutus K. Hamilton, Captain, Air Corps, Intelligence Officer) detailing the events of the 42-40938 crash: "Lt. Earl D. Warren, Jr. returned to base 17 September 1944. He reports that A/C No. 938 was damaged by flak or fighters just at dusky dark while the group was returning. A/C No. 938 had to struggle and was attacked by enemy fighters. The left wing caught fire and the order was given to bail out. Lt. Warren was in the nose with Lt. Edward Miller. After Lt. Miller jumped and just as Lt. Warren was preparing to jump a large shell or rocket came into the A/C from underneath, striking just back of the nose wheel and probably passed on up through the cockpit. Lt. Warren remembers wondering if the shell got anyone in the cockpit area or on the flight deck. That is the last memory until he awakened on the ground. He does not remember leaving the A/C or pulling his rip cord or landing. He landed in the vicinity of Fauville-en-Caux and the French told him the plane had crashed nearby. He was not able to ascertain how many, if any, bodies were in the plane when it crashed. Lt. Warren evaded capture for a year and was released when the Allies occupied the territory in which he was hiding."
Additional research (ED-BB-March 2019) :
In 2nd Lt Warren's E&E Report (E&E 1748), on-line at https://catalog.archives.gov/id/5556378 , he mentions he landed between Doudeville and Fauville-en-Caux (NW of Rouen, Seine-Maritime), France. He hid in a barn and was found two days later by a boy who fetched helpers who gave him civilian clothes. He walked to Yvetot where a Frenchman sheltered him for the night. From there, he took a train to Allouville-Bellefosse to meet “Gilbert” Sauvage [ Note : the French Helpers list has his first name as Germain…] Sauvage told him he couldn’t help him at the time, so Warren walked for the next four days and reached Fécamps, then walked back to Allouville. There, he met Auvage again, who took him to the farm of René Langlois [ Note : Ferme de la Truvère ], also in Allouville-Bellefosse. Warren stayed there until the 1st of November 1943. On that date, Auvage took him to his home, where Warren stayed until 9 March 1944. He was then taken back to Langlois’ farm, where Warren says he was efficiently helped by “Mr & Mme Roger of Le Havre” [ Note : most probably the Mr & Ms Roger Mayer, in that city in the list of French Helpers…] Plans were made to either evacuate him by plane, or down to Spain, and on about 10 April 1944, he was given a false ID card by Auvage, who had got it from a man in Rouen. Arrests in the Résistance groups in the region and the heightened risks at moving around on roads before and after the D-Day landings prevented his moving further and Warren was kept hidden at the Langlois farm. He says the Germans left the area on 31 August and that Belgians came the same day before they left the farm to go to Le Mans. Warren says he was escorted to town on the 1st of September by members of the FFI (Forces Françaises de l’Intérieur) and handed over to a Captain of the Royal Marines on 5 September. The Captain drove him by jeep to Bolbec where he joined 4 other evading US airmen. The group was then taken to the HQ of the 1st Canadian Army and they were flown from B15 [ = the temporary airfield at Ryes, NE of Caen, Brittany] on 7 September, landing the same day in England. Warren was back to his base on 14 September 1944.
Note : In his book “Au Galop de Nos Blindés” (publ. Belgium 1991), Lt General Roger Dewandre (1918-2003), who was then a Lieutenant, commanding Troop 2, 1st Belgian Armoured Cars Squadron, a reconnaissance unit, mentions a report by Belgian Adj. Major Dulait (HQ-Scout Car) for the 31 August 1943 action. Dulait writes : “… we are very close of Valliquerville and notice some totally isolated farm buildings near the crossroads, on the southern side of the Bolbec-Yvetot road [ note : the present-day N6015]. I decide to install my (3rd) platoon there, after having made sure the place wasn’t occupied. As a matter of fact, the buildings were at right angles to opposing two earth-banks, also at right angles, forming a rectangular block. I put my armoured cars facing the road, their cannons overhanging the earth-banks. We are watching the crossroads with our binoculars. Until such time as my men think they can see a sniper in one of the (farm) buildings. After a careful examination, we find out that there’s a man hiding in a cellar. We learned afterwards that it was an American airman, shot down some months ago in the area. The local farmers had hidden him all that time at their place. As he was coming out only at night, his face was white as a sheet. Needless to say his joy was immense when he realized he was dealing with Allied troops whose vehicles were adorning the star of liberation.” Warren’s name doesn’t appear in the book, but research has made the connection possible, the location confirming the details in Warren’s report.

Service

People

  • Raymond Darnell

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 15 September 1943 as B-24 42-40938 was shot down over France. PH

  • Thomas Gilbert

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator #41-23810.

  • Haywood Glass

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator of B-24 | 93rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action as a result of aircraft being shot down over France, September 15, 1943.

  • Clarence Howze

    Military | 93rd Bomb Group

  • Robert Keller

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot of B-24D #42-40938 | 93rd Bomb Group

  • William Loveday

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot of B-24D | 93rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 15 September 1943 in B-17 #4240938 in France. Status 'Killed in Action', 1943

  • Walter Meyers

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Gunner B-24 | 93rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action after aircraft was shot down over France, 1943.

  • Edward Miller

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 93rd Bomb Group
    Born October 1920. Raised in Rochester, New York, USA. Enlisting in September 1942, Second Lieut. Miller was captured by enemy forces near Gouzon (Gonzeville ?), France, September 15, 1943, following the crash of aircraft 42-40938. Served as POW...

  • Joseph Walther

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group

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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...

  • 330th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-40938 D-Cup / Bathtub Bessie

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24D 42-40938 was shot down over Doudeville, France with the William Loveday crew on the 15 September 1943 mission to the Romilly-sur-Seine Air Depot near Paris. Crashed 1km South of Doudeville, 15km NE of Yvetot, Seine Maritime, France. 4 KIA : Pilot...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 95

    15 September 1943
    This mission is composed of three elements. The first element is a formation of 93 B-17s from: (1BG (19); 305BG (18); 306BG (18); 351BG (19); and 381BG (19) despatched to bomb the German air deport at Romilly-sur-Seine, France. 87 aircraft are...

Associated Place

  • Hardwick

    Military site : airfield
    Planned as an RAF bomber airfield, Hardwick was used first by the 310th Bomb Group, equipped with B-25 Mitchells. In December 1943, the B-24 Liberators of the 93rd Bomb Group moved in, and remained until the end of the war, flying over 330 missions....

Events

Event Location Date
Born 1 October 1922

in North Carolina, the son of Earl D. and Frances Ethel (Smith) Warren

Lived in 1942

Greensboro, Guilford County, North Carolina

Enlisted 31 March 1942

as a Private in the Air Corps in Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Bailed out 15 September 1943

of stricken B-24 42-40938, landing in parachute near Doudeville, Seine Maritime, France

evaded capture 15 September 1943 – 5 September 1944

with the help of French citizens and members of the Résistance. He was back in England on 7 September 1944 and rejoined his unit on the 17th

Died 2 December 1997

North Carolina

Buried

Earl Warren rests at the Gaston Memorial Park in Gaston County, North Carolina

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
19 March 2019 15:05:10 ED-BB Changes to biography, events and aircraft associations
Sources

Escape & Evasion Report E&E 1748
Belgian Lieutenant General Roger Dewandre's book "Au Galop de nos Blindés" (Ed. COLLET, Braine-L'Alleud, Belgium - 1991), pages 124-5

Date Contributor Update
19 March 2019 11:05:10 ED-BB Changes to middlename, service number, role, biography, person associations, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

NARA WWII Enlistment records
US CENSUS 1930
Escape & Evasion Report E&E 1748
Belgian Lieutenant General Roger Dewandre's book "Au Galop de nos Blindés" (Ed. COLLET, Braine-L'Alleud, Belgium - 1991), pages 124-5

Date Contributor Update
22 September 2018 20:13:46 BrianWright Changes to biography
Sources

Great nephew of Edward Miller, completing genealogical research with supporting documentation of entered information. Edward and Earl were crew members.

Date Contributor Update
22 September 2018 19:40:16 BrianWright Changes to suffix, service number, highest rank, role and aircraft associations
Sources

Great nephew of Edward Miller, completing genealogical research with supporting documentation of entered information. Edward and Earl were crew members.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:07:56 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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