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April saw the continued destruction of German airdromes in occupied France and Holland as preparations were underway for the allied invasion of Europe.  A new threat is starting to make it's impact - the German V-1 pilotless bomb called the "Buzz Bomb" from the sound its ram jet motor made.  These pilotless bombs required a ramp to serve as a launching pad and were heavily defended with anti-aircraft guns.

MACR #

Date

Tail Number

Pilot

Cause

3600

01 Apr 44

42-109825

1st Lt Thomas J. Madden

Hit by flak; 9 POW, 1 EVD

3601

01 Apr 44

42-110029

2nd Lt William Lafferty

Shot down by fighters; 3 POW, 5 EVD, 2 MIA

3602

01 Apr 44

42-110046

1st Lt Joseph A. Gfelner

Hit by flak; 5 KIA, 5 POW

3943

09 Apr 44

42-7627

1st Lt Charles E. Rowland

Hit by flak, diverted to Sweden; 10 INT

3828

12 Apr 44

42-7601

1st Lt Joseph Pavelka

Shot down by fighters; 6 POW, 4 EVD

3829

12 Apr 44

41-29118

1st Lt Samuel G. Schleichkorn

Shot down by fighters; 2 KIA, 3 POW, 5 EVD

3831

12 Apr 44

42-100203

2nd Lt Benjamin L. Love

Hit by bombs; 9 KIA, 1 EVD

3833

12 Apr 44

42-109807

1st Lt John B. Anderson

Shot down by fighters; 1 KIA, 5 POW, 4 EVD

4057

12 Apr 44

42-110021

1st Lt Herbert W. Schultz

Shot down by fighters; 6 POW, 4 EVD

3830

13 Apr 44

41-29132

1st Lt Jack Farmer

Hit by flak; 1 KIA, 8 POW, 1 EVD

3832

13 Apr 44

42-110048

1st Lt John E. Frasch

Hit by flak; 10 KIA

4056

20 Apr 44

42-109921

1st Lt Layne Rogers Jr.

Hit by flak; 8 KIA, 1 POW

4172

22 Apr 44

41-29306

1st Lt Francis C. Sneed

Hit by flak; 2 KIA, 7 POW, 1 EVD

4173

22 Apr 44

42-50325

1st Lt Edward W. Sadlon

Hit by flak; 1 KIA, 9 POW

4293

24 Apr 44

42-110060

2nd Lt Franklin C. Kendziora

Shot down by fighters; 2 POW, 8 EVD


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