RE: Help on 448thbgp 2nd Seething crew 49
According to the information I was able to access, I hope the following will be interesting and of assistance.
Crew # 49 (flew aircraft #42-7768 overseas):
2nd Lt. Clair W. Cline Pilot O-746302
2nd Lt. Robert O. Brockman Copilot O-687671
1st Lt. Adin S. Batson Navigator O-687924
2nd Lt. Ted Strain Bombardier O-686204
Sgt. Lin L. Teing Engineer 3660326
Cpl. Maurice M. Taylor Radio Operator 357224736
Sgt. Ira H. Loyd Alternate Engineer 36431449
Sgt. Hubert A. Hunt Alt. R/O 38321373
Sgt. Robert H Yarnell Ariel Gunner 35668792
Sgt. Albert Giliotti Ariel Gunner 37717371
1st Lt. Carl T. Yast O-570876
TSgt. Herbert S. Chrzan 16027847
SSgt. Lloyd S. Brewer 37263843
Cpl. Ralph C. Erskine Jr. 34770116
21 FEBRUARY 1944
8th USAAF Mission #228 of 968, 448th BG Mission #19 of 262 total.
Target: Aerodromes located at Vorden, Hesepe and Diepholtz; Germany.
Cloud cover obscures the primary targets forcing the Bomb Group to seek Targets of Opportunity. Locating Achmer airfield on the outskirts of Hesepe, the bombs are dropped on the second pass. German FW-190s shoot down two B-24s and damage several others on their second pass.
At 1445; B-24J-75-CO, #42-100178, CARRY ME BACK (MACR 2468) is lost and crashes at Westerkappeln, 10 kilometers northwest of Osnabruk.
Five minutes later B-24H-5-FO, #42-7768, THE PROUD WANDERLOST (MACR2469) flown by Lt. Cline lost it's battle with the FW-190s. Exploding 20 millimeter shells killed the ball turret gunner Sgt. Robert Yarnell and wounded the Radio Operator Sgt. Guy Padgett. Sgt. Ira Loyd died after falling from the aircraft without a parachute The remaining crew survived, the aircraft crashing in the woods outside Horstel, Germany.