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Info on Crashes from August 1942 or 1944 in Italy

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2011/01/30 21:53:45 (permalink)
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Info on Crashes from August 1942 or 1944 in Italy

My Namesake was KIA in Italy in August of 1942 or 1944.  He was a tailgunner in the 737 Squadron but I cannot find out any info at all on a crash from that time....  Is there a list of planes or personnel that shows the plans they were assigned to?
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Re:Info on Crashes from August 1942 or 1944 in Italy 2011/01/31 03:54:26 (permalink)
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Iweaverjr, You may want to provide the tail gunners full name.  With the full name it is very easy to look up the name and tell you the date, unit of assignment and MACR if applicable.  Thank you,

Howard W. Keller, Jr. (LTC, US Army, Ret)
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Re:Info on Crashes from August 1942 or 1944 in Italy 2011/01/31 16:21:16 (permalink)
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Iweaverjr, You may want to provide the tail gunners full name.  With the full name it is very easy to look up the name and tell you the date, unit of assignment and MACR if applicable.  Thank you,

 
His name was  SGT Lloyd H Short
454th Bombardment group 757th Bomber Squadron
from Nash County North Carolina  it was either Aug 1942 or August 1944
I did find his Serial Number 34665648
 
Thanks..

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Re:Info on Crashes from August 1942 or 1944 in Italy 2011/06/20 13:21:27 (permalink)
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Iweaverjr
 
Hopefully this will help alittle in pinpointing a date.
 
Looking at war diaries and some mission summaries for August 1944 for the 454th at San Giovanni shows that they were several ships that were damaged of lost during missions.
 
There is only one report that shows a crew man died while the aircraft was taking off and failed to get airborne on 15 August 1944 Mission #97 target Beach #264B (southern france).
 
There were other men who died during this month but the names of those crews did not match Mr. Short, the only one was the one mentioned above. Unfortunatley i do not have any other information concerning the individual.
 
The 454th started on 1 June 1943 at David Monthan Airfield in Tucsan, AZ and the first mission was 8 Feb 1944. I will keep looking.
 
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