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MACR: 419

Date: 10/09/1942

Aircraft Type: B-17
Aircraft Number: 41-24362

Group: 301BG
Squadron: 419
Command: 15AF


No MACR was issued for this loss because the A/C ditched in the English Channel homeward bound. It was the 301st BG's first combat loss and the first successful ditching of an American aircraft in Europe.


  • Donald Swenson Pilot
  • Fred Bidelspach Co-pilot
  • Morton Hoerster Navigator
  • Alexander Cockersole Bombardier
  • Joseph Schwaller Eng/Gunner
  • Charles Irwin Gunner
  • Frank Sears Radio Oper
  • Millard Brock Ball Turrent
  • Forest Bertsch Waist Gunner
  • Glenn Doerr Gunner

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