Re:more info about blaizin charlotte-ac#42-52286
Here is what I have found.
B-24H 42-52286 was attached to the 15th AF, 456th BS, 747th BS. They departed from Stornara Field. I don't know whether they flew alone or were part of a larger formation. The crash occurred on 17 Feb 1944 at 1100 near the target (Grottaferrata, Italy).
The crew on this mission included:
2nd LT Harry W. Bessler, 0747193, pilot (presumed dead)
2nd LT Raymond J. Vezina, 0811472, co-pilot (presumed dead)
2nd LT Henry E. Znachlag, 0692114, navigator (presumed dead)
2nd LT Kenneth W. Davenport, 0747990, bombardier (presumed dead)
T/Sgt Jesse Bradburn, 16013261, engineer (evacuated to US)
T/Sgt John T. Austino, 13154167, radio operator (killed in action)
S/Sgt Harold L. Thomas, 37138003, top turret gunner (evacuated to US)
Sgt Phillip S. Nelson, 17111106, nose gunner (presumed dead)
Sgt Harold C. Lewis, 11133503, tail gunner (evacuated to US)
Sgt Joseph Millman, 32222070, ball turret gunner (evacuated to US)
Hope this helps.
David Schmitt email@example.com
son of 1st LT Donald J. Schmitt, USAAF, co-pilot
assigned to 493rd BG/863rd BS at Debach, England
from Nov 1944 thru May 1945