Charles A DE WITT

 

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ARMY SERIAL NUMBER32465122
AGE24 yo
DATE OF BIRTH1920
STATEUnion County NEW JERSEY
FAMILYSingle
RANKStaff/sergeant
FONCTIONGunner
JOB before ENLISTEMENTSemiskilled occupations in fabrication of metal products, n.e.c.Photo NJ
DATE of ENLISTEMENT29 august 1942 Newark NEW JERSEY
SQUADRON566th Bomber Squadron
GROUP389th Bomber Group
ARMY8th Air Force
DATE OF DEATH7 january 1944 dewitt charles tombe
STATUSKIA
PLACE OF DEATHBouville (Chartres)
DATA PLAN

B-24 Liberator - type D-125-CO  s/n 42-41013 RR*K "Trouble"

Take-off: Station 114 Hetel, Norfolk UK

Mission: Ludwigshafen (All)

Shot by Focke Wulf 190 JG2 at 13:15

CEMETERY TEMPORARY

Communal Cemetery Cheron (28)

CEMETERYNORMANDY AMERICAN CEMETERY from Colleville

Map Normandy American Cemetery

GRAVE
PlotRowGrave
B624
DECORATION
Purple Heart
Air Medal & 2 Oak Leaf Cluster
Photo FDLM
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STORY

The B-24 D-125-CE (No. 42-41013 Series) of the 389th BG, 566th Bomber Squadron was the fourth B-24 shot and was carrying 11 airmen:

Crew  B 24

PilotCaptainWILHITE David L.Dead - Cim Am Colleville-sur-Mer (14)
Co-pilotMajorCALDWELL Kenneth MDead - Ellis Cem. Ellis, Kansas USA
Co-pilot1st LieutenantDAILY Wendall LDead - Cim Am Ardennes Neupre (Belg)
Navigator1st LieutenantROODMAN HaroldDead - Long Island Nat Cem.
Bomber1st LieutenantMcCONNEL James JDead - Cim Am Colleville-sur-Mer (14)
MéchanicT/SergeantSAUNDERS Harold LDead - Cim Am Colleville-sur-Mer (14)
Radio-opératorT/SergeantFLATTER Samuel FDead - Cim Am Ardennes Neupre (Belg)
Ball/tunnelSergeantSWEATT Robert HEscape - Evasion par bateau MGB 503 22/23
GunnerS/SergeantSNYDER Max JDead - Cim Am Ardennes Neupre (Belg)
GunnerS/SergeantDEWITT Charles ODead - Cim Am Colleville-sur-Mer (14)
GunnerS/SergeantCAPLINGER Georges RDead - Fairview Cem. Gratis, Ohio USA
b24 trouble b24 trouble 2

 

The bomber called "TROUBLE" and flown by Captain Wilhite was attacked by Fw-190 rocket launcher at about 21,000 feet elevation and two projectiles touched the plane, one in the cockpit and the other in the right.

The plane caught fire and left her training.

Only Robert SWEAT, Wendall DAILY and a third unidentified airman could evacuate their aircraft and parachute.

Robert SWEAT was half out to a bomber window when it exploded and he was ejected.

According to this flyer, his co-pilot DAILY Wendall was executed by the Germans before touching the ground.

Stele in Bouville on the church wall, in memory of the 10 crew members of the B-24

b24 trouble stele b24 trouble stele 1

INFORMATION SOURCESCyrille MARIE - Aad.archives.gov/aad - Francecrashes39-45.net
PICTURE SOURCECyrille MARIE - B24bestweb.com
PROGRAMMERFrédéric & Renaud

Comments  

# RE: DE WITT Charles A - 566 BS 389 BGLouise Wellenkamp 2017-05-26 11:00
Just seen this, its in Bouville.
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