42-63969 Hunt crew

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  1. Airwar

    Airwar Well-Known Member

    B-24D # 42-63969,93rd BG/ 330th BS, 22nd December 1944,MACR 2193

    1/Lt. Grady G. Hunt - P
    2/Lt. Joseph P. Congelli - CP
    2/Lt. Thomas R. Curry - N
    2/Lt. Leslie C. Matthews - B
    T/Sgt. Ruben R. Galindo - E
    T/Sgt. George B. Murry - R
    S/Sgt. Theodore A. Blachard - LWG
    S/Sgt. Ray Cook - RWG
    S/Sgt. James W. Bennet - TG

    T/O Hardwick,assigned target Osnabruck,Germany. When last sighted was in the vicinity of 52*38N
    06*20E.At this point the 93rd BG ran into intense FLAK and concentrated fighter attack. The lead aircraft
    took violent evasive action wich scattered the formation. In the confusion and subsequent reforming into various groups the whereabouts of individual aircraft remained unknown. Three bodies from this crew were recovered when they washed up on the beach in 1944. These are the follows; On 25th May 1944 the TG was washed up near Wieringermeer and buried in the General Cemetery,now in Plot B-10-21, Ardennes Cemetery.
    Four days later the body of Lt.Hunt was washed ashore near Piaam,Friesland and buried in the Churchyard of Makkum,Friesland at 12.00hrs. Recovering these bodies suggest aircraft crashed in the IJsselmeer. 9 KIA.

    The Dutch researcher Arie-Jan van Hees is involved with the research of Joseph Congelli. His remains are
    probably buried at Margraten US Cemetery as an unknown airman. Research still be continue.

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