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In February, the 8th Air Force staff decided to make a major push to gain air superiority by striking aircraft production plants, repair facilities, and German airdromes.  A total of 15 missions were flown but the greatest losses came during "Big Week" starting on Feb 20th.  The most costly strike so far had been against Brunswick, Germany on the 20th with 3 crews lost.  Tragedy would strike 4 days later on the 24th when the 445th went to Gotha, Germany.  The Germans put up everything they had and the flak enroute was murderous.  The 445th lost 13 of 25 aircraft that day and was awarded a Distinguished Unit Citation for pressing on to the target and scoring excellent in bombing accuracy.  Follow this link to read the account on a Gotha survivor.

MACR #

Date

Tail Number

Pilot

Cause

2509

02 Feb 44

42-7523

2nd Lt Earle G. Metcalf

Engine hit by flak; 10 KIA

2438

20 Feb 44

42-64439

2nd Lt Robert Q. Kiser

Shot down by fighters; 9 KIA

2439

20 Feb 44

42-7569

1st Lt Stanley P. Neal

Shot down by fighters; 9 KIA

2440

20 Feb 44

42-64434

1st Lt Alvin L. Owen Jr.

Shot down by fighters; 9 POW

2550

24 Feb 44

42-7515

1st Lt Fred (nmi) Malen

Shot down by fighters; 9 KIA, 1 POW

2551

24 Feb 44

42-7517

2nd Lt Thomas (nmi) Gray

Hit by flak and fighters; 9 KIA

2552

24 Feb 44

42-7566

1st Lt William E. Shurtz

Shot down by fighters; 5 KIA, 4 POW

2553

24 Feb 44

42-7567

2nd Lt Robert A. Blomberg

Shot down by fighters; 6 KIA, 4 POW

2554

24 Feb 44

42-7579

1st Lt Alfred J. Looney

Shot down by fighters; 3 KIA, 6 POW

2555

24 Feb 44

41-29117

Capt Henry G. Bussing

Shot down by fighters; 1 KIA, 9 POW, 1 EVD

2556

24 Feb 44

41-29130

1st Lt Sidney D. Swanson

Shot down by fighters; 5 KIA, 5 POW

2557

24 Feb 44

41-29149

1st Lt Philip M. Costain

Shot down by fighters; 9 KIA, 1 POW

2558

24 Feb 44

42-52364

1st Lt John A. Constable

Shot down by fighters; 8 KIA, 1 POW

2559

24 Feb 44

42-64440

1st Lt William J. Desmond

Shot down by fighters; 6 KIA, 3 POW

2560

24 Feb 44

42-100312

1st Lt David P. Skjeie

Hit by flak; 7 KIA, 2 POW

2561

24 Feb 44

42-100335

1st Lt Peter T. Abell

Hit by flak and a rocket; 1 KIA, 8 POW

2562

24 Feb 44

42-100374

1st Lt John J. Suitch

Hit by flak; 2 KIA, 7 POW


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