Cock of the Sky, 41-29569

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  1. RSwank

    RSwank Well-Known Member

    I was asked to see if I could find out what happened to a man killed in WWII. His sister is still alive and never knew what exactly had happened. It turns out he was a crewman on the plane "Cock of the Sky" which crashed on June 14, 1944. The crash story is on the 493rd website, but the crew was not listed.

    After putting the story together with the crew, I thought I might as well also post the results here.

    The story (with a crash photo) is here: http://www.493bgdebach.co.uk/airmems.php

    B-24 41-29569 “Cock of the Sky”

    "Death on a June morning in 1944"

    "14th June 1944, mission no.6, eight days after the D-Day landings. Targets – German held airfields in France. Take off begins at 03.00 hrs and after a successful mission, aircraft begin to return to Base around 09.00 hrs."

    "B-24 Liberator No.41-29569 named “Cock of the Sky” allowed other aircraft to land first. With one engine out of action and significant flak damage. On their final approach to the runway at Debach, the ground controller realised that they were too high to make a successful landing and they were told to overshoot and approach again. They were heading towards Melton at about 1,000ft when it all went wrong. When they turned in the circuit pattern, the wing holding the dead engine stalled and the aircraft went into a spin and hit the ground. The crash as reported by the local police at 09.15 hrs – the machine was seen to bank sharply and roll on it’s back – crashing just behind St. Audry’s Hospital in the grounds of Foxborrow Hall. Petrol exploded and the machine disintegrated. The Fire Service from Woodbridge promptly attended followed by USAF personnel from Debach. The crash damaged only an acre of growing crops, farmed by Mr F. Smith of Woodbridge."

    "Ten young men died that morning. They had only arrived at Debach a few weeks before."
    "We that are left will remember, always."


    This is the Crew List I put together for "Cock of the Sky", 41-29569


    Heintz Carl M, 2/Lt, 14/06/1944 KIA Pilot
    https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=142461345

    Carpman Samuel R, 2/Lt 14/06/1944 KIA Co-Pilot
    https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=79432016

    Baldwin Frank D, 2/Lt 14/06/1944 KIA, Navigator
    https://abmc.gov/node/538688#.WUAVe5LyvMo
    https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=56287529


    Jones Derrol J, 2 /Lt 14/06/1944 KIA Bombardier
    https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=32792828

    Jones George E E S/Sgt 14/06/1944 KIA Nose Turret Gunner
    https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=50754997

    Biedebach Russell E T/Sgt 14/06/1944 KIA Flight Engineer
    https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=76002316

    Chaklos John S S/Sgt 14/06/1944 KIA Radio Operator
    https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=23952928

    Corwin Nuel D S/Sgt 14/06/1944 KIA Ball Turret Gunner
    https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=40098096

    Larsen Clifford R Sgt 14/06/1944 KIA Waist Gunner
    https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=77535482

    Seaton Robert L Sgt 14/06/1944 KIA Tail Gunner
    https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=71809907
     
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  2. 25Kingman49

    25Kingman49 Well-Known Member

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