John Q WEST Jr

 

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ARMY SERIAL NUMBERO-413177
AGE25 yo
DATE OF BIRTH1919
STATEMISSISSIPPI
FAMILYMaried:Ruby D
Son: Johny
Sisters: Marjorie & Josephine
RANKCaptain
FONCTIONPilot
JOB before ENLISTEMENT--MISSISSIPPI
DATE of ENLISTEMENT--
SQUADRON598th Bomber Squadron
GROUP397th Bomb Group - Medium
ARMY8th Air Corps
DATE OF DEATH1 August 1944 (11 August 1944)west john tombe
STATUSKIA
PLACE OF DEATHThe farm Jouflinière - Meignanne - 12 Km of Angers
DATA PLAN

B-26 Marauder - type G-1-MA - s/n 43-34126
"By Golly"
Mission: Angers (49) - Bridge Destruction
Take Off: Station 168 - Rivenhall, Essex UK


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CEMETERYNORMANDY AMERICAN CEMETERY from Colleville

Map Normandy American Cemetery

GRAVE
PlotRowGrave
P 4 17
DECORATION
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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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Crew of B 26 Marauder "By Golly"

Captain John Q WEST Jr Pilot Dead west team
1st Lieutenant William C BUDGE Co-Pilot Wounded - Taken at Hopital de Tours
2nd Lieutenant Douglas H CRAMER Navigator Dead
1st Lieutenant Fred James DAOUST Bomber Prisoner - Stalag 7A Moosburg Bavaria 48-12
T/Sgt Chester Joseph NATANEK Radio
Mécanique
Prisoner - Stalag 7A Moosburg Bavaria 48-12
S/Sgt Harold ZOLA Mechanic
Gunner
Prisoner - Stalag Luft 4 Gross-Tychow
S/Sgt Edward B PICKLESIMER Gunner Prisoner - Neck injured after jump - Hospitalized at Le Mans
Sgt Jacob W BRINN Gunner Escape
S/Sgt Lloyd Thomas WEBB Prisoner - Stalag Luft 4 Gross-Tychow

John Q WEST Jr & Stèle

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John Q WEST Jr & Livres

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John Q WEST Jr & La Presse

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INFORMATION SOURCESJean BRANCA - Francecrashes39-45.net
PICTURE SOURCEFrédéric LAVERNHE - Jean BRANCA - Nara - Monty McDaniel
PROGRAMMERFrédéric & Renaud

Comments  

# RE: WEST John Q Jr - 598 BS 397 BGC. Picklesmer 2017-02-10 01:07
My father, Ed Picklesimer, broke his neck, not his leg.
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