Martin B-26G-15-MA Marauder
Squadron Code: FW-H
Crew Chief: T/Sgt. Stephen Haberski
Asst. Crew Chief: Cpl. Ralph B. Robinson*
This aircraft was lost on
April 12, 1945, in a mission against an ordance depot at Kempten, Germany.
Kempten's location near the German-Austrian border made the mission one
of the longest of the war. As the Group neared the target, a barrier of
commulonimbus clouds blocked the route. Efforts to fly above the immense
build-up of clouds proved impossible and the mission was aborted. As the
cloud coverage closed in around the returning formation, maintaining flight
positions soon became impossible as the aircraft darted in and out of the
clouds. Many individual planes found themselves alone, blind, and in a
sky filled with B-26s; left to find their own way back. Fortunately, on
the return heading, better weather conditions prevailed and most of the
Groups planes were able to reform for their return to A-71. The B-26G #86/FW-H,
flying deputy lead position in II-Box, Low flight, disappeared. The crew
was listed as missing in action.
Fred F. Bangert
G. E. Warner
Leland S. Wiggs
Arthur Homer, Jr.
M. L. Marr
|Lorraine Cemetery, C-19-93
Lorraine Cemetery, C-8-92
Lorraine Cemetery, E-30-29
The aircraft apparently went
down with crew on board, and was apparently later found. Three of the crewmembers
are buried at the Lorraine American Cemetery at St. Avold, France, where
they are listed as having been killed in action on April 12, 1945. I suspect
that the bodies of all six crewmembers were found and that the families
of the other three requested their bodies be returned to the United States.