390th Bomb Group 568th Bomb Squadron B 17 42-30642 "Geronimo"

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Co-Pilot: Texas Aggie 2LT Ira E. Pritchett, Jr.
KIA was Buried in San Marcos, TX

Ball Turret: Texas Aggie SGT William E. Bruton
KIA was Buried in Pleasant Mound Cemetery in Dallas, TX

MIA Schweinfurt 19/7/44

B-17 42-30642 / Geronimo Details

At about 0845 hours at about 20000 feet, near Aachen 5045N 0600E A/C 642 peeled out of formation and dropped behind. The pilot called out over VHF saying one. engine out and was aborting. A/C fell behind the group and was last reported straggling near 5045N 0600E. No chutes were seen. Cause of distress flak, one engine out, crashed Haren, Belgium.



OldArmyCT
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My dad was a B-24 bombardier in the 392d Bomb Group out of Wendling, UK. Every mission, every crew, every downed aircraft and a ton of AAR's are all on this website.

www.b24.net

Or just click on any one of the reports below, there's a bunch.
https://www.b24.net/missionsMacr.htm

Of course I found this long after he died, he never talked about any of it.
BQ_90
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This might be a morbid question, but how did they decide who to bring back to US bury and who stayed in theater to be buried?
ABATTBQ87
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BQ_90 said:

This might be a morbid question, but how did they decide who to bring back to US bury and who stayed in theater to be buried?
My understanding and research have indicated the family was offered the choice to return the body for burial.
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Thanks
LMCane
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OldArmyCT said:

My dad was a B-24 bombardier in the 392d Bomb Group out of Wendling, UK. Every mission, every crew, every downed aircraft and a ton of AAR's are all on this website.

www.b24.net

Or just click on any one of the reports below, there's a bunch.
https://www.b24.net/missionsMacr.htm

Of course I found this long after he died, he never talked about any of it.
my grandfather was a co-pilot on B-24s of the 15th Air Force based out of FOGGIA, Italy in 1943-44

shot down over Yugoslavia and as a Jew on the run from the Nazis. not sure how he got out. he got rid of all his ribbons shortly after the war.

never got to hear any of his stories
LMCane
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Also they had parts of the Bomb Group in Cerignola Italy. The Buzzards

https://455th.org/Newsletter/PDFs/Spring%202016.pdf

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45-70Ag
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My great-grandfather flew the B26 Martin Marauder and was shot down off the coast of Sicily in the summer of '43. I have his foot locker and used it at A&M.

https://320thbg.org/macr_pdfs/macr_00343.pdf

https://320thbg.org/mission_pdfs/mission_054.pdf

https://www.armyaircorpsmuseum.org/missing-in-action/orr-roscoe-mia-13175.cfm
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45-70Ag said:

My great-grandfather flew the B26 Martin Marauder and was shot down off the coast of Sicily in the summer of '43. I have his foot locker and used it at A&M.

https://320thbg.org/macr_pdfs/macr_00343.pdf

https://320thbg.org/mission_pdfs/mission_054.pdf

https://www.armyaircorpsmuseum.org/missing-in-action/orr-roscoe-mia-13175.cfm
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