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Help on 448thbgp 2nd Seething crew 49

I am looking for the names of the crew of the Dixie Jewel. My uncle Guy T Padgett was the radio operator of this plane and was shot down. He spent over a year in a prison camp. He passed recently and we are trying to find out the names of his crew members. Any help would be helpfull.
The plane was a B24 heavy

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    RE: Help on 448thbgp 2nd Seething crew 49 2008/01/24 09:23:48 (permalink)
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    James ~
     
    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
    Passengers:
    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.
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    RE: Help on 448thbgp 2nd Seething crew 49 2008/01/24 09:32:16 (permalink)
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    James,

    Bits & Pieces provides the following crew list for the day your uncle was shot down:

          27768    MACR 2469     P      Lt Clair W. Cline                         POW
          27768    MACR 2469     CP    2Lt Robert C. Brockman              POW
          27768    MACR 2469     N      2Lt Aden S. Batson                     POW
          27768    MACR 2469     B      2Lt Ted (NMI) Strain                    POW
          27768    MACR 2469     TT     T/Sgt Lim L. Teong                      POW
          27768    MACR 2469     RO   T/Sgt Guy T. Padgett                  POW
          27768    MACR 2469     BT    S/Sgt Ira H. Loyd                       KIA
          27768    MACR 2469     LW   S/Sgt Albert (NMI) Giliotti             POW
          27768    MACR 2469     RW   S/Sgt Robert H. Yarnell               KIA
          27768    MACR 2469     TG    S/Sgt Hubert A. Hunt                  POW

    For details get a copy of MACR 2469
     
    As Donall mentioned the recorded name of this aircraft was THE PROUD WANDERLOST.  I could find no record of the name DIXIE JEWEL in any of my sources.

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    RE: Help on 448thbgp 2nd Seething crew 49 2008/01/24 09:42:25 (permalink)
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    James,
     
    To get a picture of life in the 448th try 'The 448th Bomb Group, Liberators over Germany in WWII' by Jeffrey Brett.  A well written history of the 448th 'available at your favorite bookseller' ISBN 0-7643-1464-5, part of the Schiffer Military History series.
     
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    RE: Help on 448thbgp 2nd Seething crew 49 2008/01/24 12:57:55 (permalink)
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    Thanks so much for the help. The reason I used the name Dixie Jewel is that My uncle brought back a tin box that has the name Dixie Jewel. It also has 23 bombs on it and the date 2/21/1944. (date shot down) and the name Munster. This box was made for two packs of ciggaretts in the prison camp. It also has his name on it. I think it is a cracker tin. He said it was the info on the day he was shot down and that is all he said. Again thanks for the help and if there is anything more you can help with , thanks

    Oh and how would I get a copy of MACR 2469 ?
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    RE: Help on 448thbgp 2nd Seething crew 49 2008/01/24 13:09:58 (permalink)
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    Additional information from NARA WWII Date Files:
     




    Field Title
    Value
    Meaning

    SERIAL NUMBER
    14029257
    14029257

    NAME
    PADGETT GUY T
    PADGETT GUY T

    GRADE, ALPHA
    T SG
    Technical Sergeant

    GRADE CODE
    3
    Lieutenant Colonel or Asst. superintendent of nurses or Director of nurses or Technical Sergeant or Commander or Petty Officer, 1st Class

    SERVICE CODE
    1
    ARMY

    ARM OR SERVICE
    AC
    Air Corps

    ARM OR SERVICE CODE
    20
    AC: AIR CORPS

    DATE REPORT: DAY (DD)
    21
    21

    DATE REPORT: MONTH (MM)
    02
    02

    DATE REPORT: YEAR (Y)
    4
    1944

    RACIAL GROUP CODE
    1
    WHITE

    STATE OF RESIDENCE
    61
    Illinois

    TYPE OF ORGANIZATION
    K15
    Heavy Bomber (B17, B24)

    PARENT UNIT NUMBER
    0448
    0448

    PARENT UNIT TYPE
    06
    Group/Regiment/Commands/System

    AREA
    70
    European Theatre

    LATEST REPORT DATE: DAY (DD)
    05
    05

    LATEST REPORT DATE: MONTH (MM)
    06
    06

    LATEST REPORT DATE: YEAR (Y)
    5
    1945

    SOURCE OF REPORT
    1
    Individual has been reported through sources considered official.

    STATUS
    8
    Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated

    DETAINING POWER
    1
    GERMANY

    CAMP
    091
    Stalag Luft 4 Gross-Tychow (formerly Heydekrug) Pomerania, Prussia (moved to Wobbelin Bei Ludwigslust) (To Usedom Bei Savenmunde) 54-16

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    RE: Help on 448thbgp 2nd Seething crew 49 2008/01/24 13:30:09 (permalink)
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    James,
     
    The 'official' source for MACRs is Mrs Lynn Gamma, e-mail LYNN.GAMMA@MAXWELL.AF.MIL .  Figure 6 to 8 weeks to receive a report.  A number of members have reported good success with a commercial web site, WWW.FOOTNOTE.COM  They charge a monthly fee but also have a free trial period.  If they have your report access is immediate.
     
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    RE: Help on 448thbgp 2nd Seething crew 49 2008/01/24 13:39:19 (permalink)
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    Thankyou for that info. We talked about the name Dixie Jewel on the cracker tin. We have come to the conclusion that since he was a radio operator that this name might be a nickname for him. He was from North Carolina. I also want to thank Donall for the service record. I had allready gotten it but thanks for the help. The information recieved was very helpfull and we thank you very much. And with the names of the crew we can put names to the pictures of the crew we have.
    Thansk again,
    James
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