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MACR: 6317

Date: 06/09/1944

Aircraft Type: B-24
Aircraft Number: 42-78219

Group: 459BG
Squadron: 759
Command: 15AF


Manzan Tarcisio was a witness of the crash the plane 42-78219 piloted by Lt Benjamin E Paschal. He is now 96 years old. He saw the ship was falling on spin and every turn made by it, one man/parachute camming out in the sky. He confirm the dogfight between USAF and german ship. The plane was in the Italian north east sky over the municipality of San Giorgio di Nogaro, close to the costline north of Adriatic sea (45° 50' 01" N 13° 12' 57''E)

Thank you, Manzan Paolo, son


  • Benjamin Paschal Pilot
  • Bernard Bernheim Co-pilot
  • Leonard James Navigator
  • Larkin Jones Bombardier
  • Grafton Mangum Engineer/Gunner
  • Martin Deibel Radio Operator
  • Edgar Wienken Nose turret
  • Paul Reichert Ball Turret
  • John Beckman Waist Gunner
  • Frank Crippen Waist Gunner

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