Valentin Gascher tells you about Captain John Quinn WEST
Today I am talking about a fallen hero near my home, on family lands on August 1, 1944 Captain John Quinn West.
The first of August 1944 a formation of 36 B26 will have for mission to bombing the railroadbridge sncf which is at the town of Les Ponts de Cé (49).
The formation is being chased by the Luftwaffe which had patrol aircraft in this area the "By Golly" aircraft leading the second formation will be targeted several times.
Capt West asks his crew to jump in emergency on the side of Bécon les Granits (small village about 15km from the crash), they will do it except the Lt Cramer whose parachute has burned and seriously injured will be found Unable to perform this task.
As a precaution they drop the bombs and continue their trajectory in order to attempt an emergency landing.
The plane arrives in fires above La Meignanne, debris fall from the sky, the plane drags behind him a thick black smoke and one of the engines made a jerky noise.
The people present at this moment will see the plane approaching them at full speed, then two bodies will fall from the plane into fires.
The capt and the lt were dead burned in the aircraft even before the impact on the ground of Anjou.
Captain John Quinn West is buried today in the cemetery of St James: block P rank 4 falls 17.
"Brittany American Cimetery" Lieutenant Cramer's body was repatriated to the USA.
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