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During World War II the U.S. Army Air Forces (AAF) required group echelon units to submit Missing Air Crew Reports (MACRs) to AAF headquarters within two days after an aircraft or air crew failed to return from a combat mission. AAF HQ directed the various group headquarters to submit a MACR for all incidents involving the loss of air crew members during combat operations irrespective of the number of crew members lost. For example, heavy bomber groups would submit a MACR when an aircraft returned from a mission with fewer than the usual ten crew members. In the event an entire crew failed to return, a report was submitted to AAF HQ describing the events prior to the loss of the aircraft. Likewise, fighter groups would submit MACRs when the pilots of single seat aircraft failed to return after a mission.

The information contained in a typical MACR includes a date, time, and location that the crew and aircraft were last seen or reported missing from the formation. Details about aircraft incidents were taken from statements given by crew members from other aircraft flying in the same formation. These statements usually mentioned whether any parachutes were seen to have opened and how many airmen exited the aircraft before it crashed. The names of the missing air crew member(s) were listed by crew position, rank, serial number, and known status such as MIA or POW.

Additional information included in the MACR is the aircraft AAF serial (tail) number; nickname or squadron identification letter; and the type, model, and serial number of the engine(s) or machine gun(s). The name of the assigned air base and numbered unit (squadron, group, or air force) to which an aircraft belonged also appears in the MACR.

If the loss of the aircraft occurred over German territory, a German Kampfflugzeuge USA (Combat Aircraft USA) or ‘KU’ document was prepared by the Luftwaffe concerning the location of the aircraft wreckage and fate of the crew.  These records gave additional details as to aircraft downed, status of prisoners, and listed those killed in action and their burial site.  As these are military reports, the information is presented in a very straight-forward manner.  The description of remains of air crew members may be unsettling to family members.  Normally remains were turned over to the mayor of the local community who arranged for internment in the local cemetery.

The following is a listing of 157 aircraft lost by the 445th Bomb Group, the date of the loss, the MACR number (if assigned), the name of the pilot, and the reason for the loss.  Some of the codes for aircraft losses are:
CR - Crashed, CRL - Crash Landed, M-A - Mid Air collision, ABD - Abandoned in flight, GF - German Fighters, FLAK - German anti-aircraft fire, DIT - Ditched in the English Channel or North Sea, Cat E - Category E damage resulting in the aircraft being scrapped, SAL - Salvaged, WW - aircraft declared 'War Weary' and to not be used for combat operations, FUEL - Ran out of fuel during return, MECH - Mechanical problems - aborted, RTB - Returned To Base.

MACR #

Date

Tail Number

Acft Name

Pilot

Cause

1091

11/15/43

42-7617

Sunflower Sue

Poor, Albert A

Unable to transfer fuel; DIT near Virgin Is.

6343

12/20/43

42-7534

Good Nuff

Patterson, Milton A

Shot down by FLAK; CR

15597

12/22/43

42-7520

Snow Goose

Allen, John H

Shot down by GF; CR

16098

12/22/43

42-7554

Tail End Charley

Nelson, Norman M

Shot down by GF; CR

N/A

12/22/43

42-7555

Lizzie

Jorgensen, Glenn

CRL at Manston, Cat E; SAL

N/A

12/24/43

42-7550

Gallant Lady

Planka, Herbert M

Damaged by GF; CRL near Watton; SAL

N/A

12/25/44

41-29122

 

Unknown

MECH; Lost prop in flight; CRL at Tibenham; SAL

5210

12/30/43

41-29123

Big Joe

Kane, William P

Damaged by GF; DIT in Channel

4132

12/30/43

42-7508

Liberty Belle

Saunders, Oliver J Jr.

Shot down by GF; CR

N/A

12/30/43

42-66436

Two Gun Flossie

Melby, Lawrence E

Ground collision; SAL

N/A

12/31/43

42-7568

Consolidated Mess

Malen, Fred (nmi)

CR near Halstead; SAL

2510

01/05/44

42-7512

Gremlin's Roost

Smith, Victor L

Shot down by GF; CR

N/A

01/05/44

41-29116

 

Owen, Alvin L Jr.

CRL near Fritton; SAL

15103

01/07/44

41-29119

 

Eike, Lester I

CR at Wetheringsett; FUEL; SAL

2247

01/30/44

42-7565

Turd Bird

Conner, thomas B Jr.

MECH; DIT in North Sea

N/A

02/02/44

42-7532

Lead Posion

Unknown

Training flight, CRL at Tibenham; SAL

2509

02/02/44

42-7523

Billy Babe

Metcalf, Earl G

Damaged by GF; DIT in North Sea

2531

02/02/44

42-7570

Our Baby

Stewart, James M

Shot down by GF; CR in France

N/A

02/13/44

42-7558

Lillian Ann

Markham, Vernon C

CRL near Dover; SAL

N/A

02/18/44

42-7559

Kelly

Watson, Emmet O

CRL at Manston; Repaired and RTB

2438

02/20/44

42-64439

Dusty Demons

Kiser, Robert Q

Shot down by GF near Brunswick; CR

2439

02/20/44

42-7569

Sky Wolf

Neal, Stanley P

Shot down by GF near Brunswick; CR

2440

02/20/44

42-64434

Georgia Peach

Owen, Alvin L

Shot down by GF near Brunswick; CR

2550

02/24/44

42-7515

Green Gremlin

Malen, Fred (nmi)

Shot down by GF; CR

2551

02/24/44

42-7517

Too Tired

Gray, Thomas (nmi)

Shot down by GF; CR

2552

02/24/44

42-7566

Little Bill

Shurtz, William E

M-A collision with Fw-190; CR

2553

02/24/44

42-7567

Wacky Donald
Black Dog

Blomberg, Robert A

Shot down by GF, CR in Holland

2554

02/24/44

42-7579

Paper Doll

Looney, Alfred J

Shot down by GF; CR

2555

02/24/44

41-29117

Lady Marie

Bussing, Henry G

Shot down by GF; CR

2556

02/24/44

41-29130

 

Swanson, Sidney D

Shot down by FLAK; CR

2557

02/24/44

41-29149

4 Q 2

Costain, Philip M

Shot down by GF; CR

2558

02/24/44

42-52364

 

Constable, John S

Shot down by GF; CR

2559

02/24/44

42-64440

 

Desmond, William J

Shot down by GF; CR

2560

02/24/44

42-100312

 

Skjeie, David P

Shot down by GF; CR

2561

02/24/44

42-100335

 

Abell, Peter T

Shot down by GF; CR

2562

02/24/44

42-100374

 

Suitch, John J

Shot down by GF; CR

2960

03/06/44

42-7586

Little Milo/God Bless Our Ship

Lymburn, George H

Shot down by GF; CR

2962

03/06/44

42-109796

Balls of Fire

Serkland, Neal J

Shot down by GF; CR

N/A

03/08/44

42-100353

 

Schleichkorn, Samuel G

CRL near Fressingham; SAL

2961

03/09/44

42-7604

Clay Pidgeon

Menaker, Norman (nmi)

Shot down by FLAK; CR

3186

03/16/44

42-7643

Ballsafire

Raroha, Richard A

MECH; CR in Germany

3333

03/18/44

42-7513

Pistol Packin' Mama

Sefton, Jean H

Damaged by FLAK, INT in Switzerland

3334

03/18/44

41-28666

Dixie Dudrop

Parker, Gordon B

Shot down by GF; CR

3544

03/23/44

42-7590

Paper Doll

Torr, Francis E

Shot down by FLAK; headed for Sweden; CR

N/A

04/01/44

41-29463

 

Dana, Phil C

CR shortly after T/O near Long Stratton; SAL

3600

04/01/44

42-109825

 

Madden, Thomas J

Shot down by FLAK; CR

3601

04/01/44

42-110029

 

Lafferty, William (nmi)

Shot down by GF; CR

3602

04/01/44

42-110026

 

Gfelner, Joseph A

Shot down by FLAK; CR

3943

04/09/44

42-7627

B T O

Rowland, Charles E

Damaged by FLAK, INT in Sweden

3828

04/12/44

42-7601

Sin Ship

Pavekla, Joseph (nmi)

Shot down by GF; CR

3829

04/12/44

41-29118

Nine Yanks And A Jerk

Schleichkorn, Samuel G

Shot down by GF; CR

3831

04/12/44

42-100203

 

Love, Benjamin L

Shot down by GF; CR

3833

04/12/44

42-109807

 

Anderson, John B

Shot down by GF; CR in Belgium

4057

04/12/44

42-110021

 

Schultz, Herbert W

Shot down by GF; CR

3830

04/13/44

41-29132

Tenovus

Farmer, Jack (nmi)

Shot down by FLAK; CR

3832

04/13/44

42-110048

 

Frasch, John E

Shot down by FLAK; CR

N/A

04/15/44

42-95130

Spirit of Pocahontus

Unknown

Transferred to Valley, Wales

N/A

04/20/44

42-100426

Scrap Drive

Hagerty, Edward D

CR near Horham; SAL

4056

04/20/44

42-109921

 

Rogers, Layne (nmi) Jr.

Shot down by FLAK; CR in France

4172

04/22/44

41-29306

 

Sneed, Francis C

Shot down by FLAK; CR near Hamm

4173

04/22/44

42-50325

 

Sadlon, Edward W

Shot down by FLAK; CR near Hamm

4293

04/24/44

42-110060

 

Kendziora, Franklin C

Shot down by GF; CR in Holland

4786

05/08/44

42-94957

 

Peters, William H

Shot down by GF; CR in Holland

4784

05/08/44

42-95051

 

Burnett, John C

Shot down by GF; CR in Holland

N/A

05/11/44

41-28918

 

Unknown

SAL at Tibenham

5302

05/28/44

42-50346

 

Campbell, John W

Shot down by FLAK; CR near Jena

5230

05/29/44

42-110065

 

Peterson, Edwin R

Damaged by FLAK, INT in Sweden

N/A

06/12/44

42-110037

 

Kraham, William R

Damaged by FLAK, CR near Great Ashfield

5928

06/20/44

42-95098

 

Thornton, Charles H

Shot down by FLAK; CR near Neufchatel

6166

06/21/44

42-50329

 

Plant, Richard R

Shot down by GF; CR in North Sea

N/A

06/21/44

42-73501

Ten Aces With A Queen

Morris, Richard P

Damaged by FLAK, CR near Gillingham

N/A

06/21/44

41-29483

Rough Riders

King, Harry L

Damaged by FLAK, CRL at Tibenham; SAL

6766

06/21/44

42-95130

Spirit of Pocahontas

Salisbury, Joseph D

Forced down by FLAK; DIT in North Sea

6731

06/27/44

42-95280

 

Miller, Clifton G

Shot down by FLAK; CR near Paris

6941

07/11/44

42-94773

Our Gal Sal

Webber, Jack H

MECH; CR in Belgium

6942

07/11/44

42-50334

Black Jack

Fry, Phillip A

Shot down by FLAK; CR near Stuttgart

6943

07/11/44

42-7571

Lillian Ann II

Gallup, Robert A

Damaged by FLAK, INT in Sweden

N/A

07/16/44

42-110041

Lil' Nell

Unknown

Spare acft flown by unk crew; CR near Honington

7841

07/25/44

42-95192

Silver Streak

Long, Benjamin W

Shot down by FLAK; CR near Marigné

N/A

08/01/44

41-29604

Fearless Fosdick

Krivik, Stanley E

Damaged by FLAK, CR near Westley Waterless; SAL

N/A

08/05/44

42-7580

Hap Hazard

N/A

Declared WW, Returned to US with field modification to nose for evaluation

N/A

08/09/44

42-51237

 

Miner, Reginald R

Damaged by FLAK, CR near Theberton; SAL

7385

08/09/44

42-78483

 

Howard, William L

 

N/A

08/14/44

42-95042

Sweet Sue

Thompson, Thomas A

Damaged by FLAK; Crew ABD over target due to fire; copilot ABD over Dungeness; CR near Croxton

8431

08/16/44

42-52447

 

Carlisle, Thurston C

Hit by FLAK; M-A with 42-51098; CR

8432

08/16/44

42-51098

Cockpit Trouble

Guestella, joe (nmi)

M-A with 42-52447; CR

N/A

09/08/44

42-52662

Varga Girl

Schneider, Rene J

Damaged by FLAK; CRL on Continent behind friendly lines

N/A

09/09/44

42-95308

Silver Dollar

Morris, Floyd C

M-A with 42-95291; CRL Leiston; RTB after repairs

N/A

09/09/44

42-95291

Thumper

Porter, Keith W

M-A with 42-95308; CRL Leiston; RTB after repairs

N/A

09/10/44

42-110096

Good Conduct
Sharp Character

Frost, Keith L

Damaged by FLAK; CRL at Manston; SAL

8922

09/12/44

42-95247

Dixie Flyer

Webster, Kenneth E

Damaged by FLAK; CR near Ameland, The Netherlands

N/A

09/13/44

42-100343

Shark Nose

Golden, William F

Damaged by FLAK; CRL at Hethel; SAL

9383

09/27/44

44-10490

Jane

Walther, Edgar N

Shot down by GF; CR near Kassel

9384

09/27/44

44-10497

 

Pearson, Ralph H

Shot down by GF; CR near Kassel

9385

09/27/44

44-10511

 

Schaen, James W

Shot down by GF; CR near Kassel

9386

09/27/44

41-28922

Texas Rose

Bruland, Palmer M

Shot down by GF; CR near Kassel

9387

09/27/44

41-29579

Clay Pidgeon

Elder, Oliver B

Shot down by GF; CR near Kassel

9388

09/27/44

42-50324

Eileen

Brent, Donald E

Shot down by GF; CR near Kassel

9389

09/27/44

42-50340

 

Potts, Herbert (nmi)

Shot down by GF; CR near Kassel

9390

09/27/44

42-50383

King Kong

Baynham, James C

Shot down by GF; CR near Kassel

9391

09/27/44

42-51287

 

Donald, Myron H

Shot down by GF; CR near Kassel

9392

09/27/44

42-51342

Fridget Bridget

Johnson, Joseph E

Shot down by GF; CR near Kassel

9393

09/27/44

42-51355

 

Bolin, Roy E

Shot down by GF; CR near Kassel

9394

09/27/44

42-51541

 

Chilton, John H

Shot down by GF; CR near Kassel

9395

09/27/44

42-94863

Ole Baldy

Golden, William F

Shot down by GF; CR near Kassel

9396

09/27/44

42-95078

Hare Force

Hansen, Robert N

Shot down by GF; CR near Kassel

9397

09/27/44

42-95128

Bonnie Vee

Bruce, William S

Shot down by GF; CR near Kassel

9398

09/27/44

42-109789

Mairzy Doats

Hautman, Edward F

Shot down by GF; CR near Kassel

9399

09/27/44

42-110022

Patches

Carrow, Raphael E

Shot down by GF; CR near Kassel

9400

09/27/44

42-110073

 

Seeds, Andrew G

Shot down by GF; CR near Kassel

9570

09/27/44

41-29542

Roughhouse Kate

Jones, Howard A

Shot down by GF; CR near Kassel

9571

09/27/44

42-50961

 

Miner, Reginald R

Shot down by GF; CR near Kassel

9572

09/27/44

42-51532

Hot Rock

Mowat, William J

Shot down by GF; CR near Kassel

9761

09/27/44

42-50579

Little Audrey

Reynolds, Donald N

Shot down by GF; CR near Kassel

9762

09/27/44

42-51080

 

Fromm, Richard A

Shot down by GF; CR near Kassel

9763

09/27/44

42-100308

Our Gal

Warman, Leslie E

Shot down by GF; CR near Kassel

9911

09/27/44

42-50321

Fort Worth Maid

Sollien, Carl J

Shot down by GF; CR near Kassel

N/A

09/27/44

42-95210

Bugs Bunny

Heitz, Raymond V

Damaged by GF; CR near Brussels; SAL

N/A

09/27/44

42-50784

Asbestos Alice

French, John E

Damaged by GF; CR near Reims; SAL

N/A

09/27/44

42-94810

Terrible Terry's Terror

Hunter, William F

Damaged by GF; CR near Willems; SAL

N/A

09/27/44

42-100331

Percy

Krivik, Stanley E

Damaged by GF; CR near Tibenham; SAL

N/A

09/27/44

42-50855

 

Dewey, William R Jr.

Damaged by GF; CRL at Manston; RTB

N/A

09/27/44

42-51549

 

Mercer, Jackson C

Damaged by GF; CRL at Manston; RTB

N/A

10/18/44

42-50347

 

Unknown

MECH; Bringing crews back from Scotland;  CR near Landican

10160

10/31/44

44-40294

Slossie

Speers, Edward J

UNK; Disappeared on a training flight; CR in English Channel

N/A

11/10/44

42-50577

 

Unknown

Spare acft flown by unk crew; CRL on Continent; SAL

N/A

11/10/44

42-51250

 

Frost, Keith L

Damaged by FLAK; CRL at Tivetshall; SAL

N/A

11/11/44

42-7541

Sweatin' It Out

N/A

Declared WW; SAL in Ireland

N/A

11/11/44

42-7553

Kentucky Babe III

N/A

Declared WW; SAL in Ireland

10409

11/21/44

42-100337

 

Zenner, Harold P

Shot down by FLAK; CR near Dingenner

10754

11/26/44

42-94940

Fifinella

Boykin, William L Jr.

Shot down by GF; CR near Hannover

11214

11/26/44

42-50467

 

Barringer, John D Jr.

Shot down by GF; CR near Hannover

N/A

11/26/44

42-50631

 

Hayward, Calvin W

Damaged by GF; CR at Tibenham; SAL

11216

11/26/44

42-50729

 

McPartland, Lee E

Shot down by GF; CR near Hannover

11217

11/26/44

42-50756

 

Snow, Daniel W

Shot down by GF; CR near Hannover

11218

11/26/44

42-51549

 

Harris, Clarence W

Shot down by GF; CR near Hannover

11215

11/29/44

42-50742

 

Morely, Stanley L

MECH; 2 engines out; CR near Aachen

11336

12/11/44

42-95291

Thumper

Phillips, Robert G

M-A with 42-50453; CR near Strasbourg

11337

12/11/44

42-50453

 

Lewis, Henry C Jr.

M-A with 42-95291; CR near Strasbourg

11087

12/12/44

44-10493

 

Thompson, William A

Shot down by FLAK; CR near Hanau

N/A

12/18/44

42-50583

 

Unknown

MECH; CRL on Continent; SAL

N/A

12/19/44

44-40250

 

Cummings, Theodore G

CR on take-off; SAL

N/A

12/23/44

42-50637

 

Unknown

CRL; Training accident near Chivenor; SAL

N/A

01/01/45

42-50706

Able Mable

Whitcomb, Oliver W

CR on take-off; SAL

N/A

01/10/45

42-94939

Heavenly Body

Lindenberger, Guy R

MECH; CRL on Continent; SAL

N/A

01/29/45

41-28807

The Vultures

Unknown

Taxi accident; SAL

N/A

02/24/45

42-7619

Bunnie

 

CR on take-off; SAL

N/A

02/26/45

41-29500

 

Trombly, Virgil E

Damaged by FLAK; CR in Belgium after crew bailed out; SAL

N/A

02/27/45

42-50293

Head Wind Herky

Taylor, Max A

Damaged by FLAK; CRL on Continent; SAL

12778

02/27/45

42-51506

 

Vitkavage, Stanley W

Shot down by FLAK; CR near Freiburg

12794

02/27/45

42-51518

 

Weaver, William I

Shot down by FLAK; CR near Halle

12882

03/03/45

44-48844

 

Winters, Richard A

Shot down by FLAK; CR near Magdeburg

12883

03/03/45

42-50692

 

Saunders, John C

Shot down by FLAK; CR near Magdeburg

N/A

03/15/45

42-94800

 

Patterson, David G

Damaged by FLAK; CRL in Poland; SAL

13563

03/20/45

44-48851

 

Barker, John W

Damaged by FLAK; DIT in North Sea

13618

03/23/45

42-51223

 

Sears, Thomas H

Shot down by FLAK; CR near Munster

13516

03/24/45

42-51245

 

Strickland, Jennis M

Shot down by FLAK; CR near Wesel

13545

03/24/45

42-50620

Ten Gun Dottie

Schultz, Raymond P

Shot down by FLAK; CR near Wesel

N/A

03/25/45

42-50565

Ole King Cole

Hill, William M

CR on take-off; SAL

13728

04/04/45

42-50664

 

MacDonald, Donald K

Shot down by GF; CR near Frankfurt

13729

04/04/45

42-51544

 

Van Delinder, William E

Shot down by GF; CR near Frankfurt

N/A

04/04/45

42-51593

 

Adams, Edwin F

Damaged by GF; CRL on Continent; SAL

N/A

04/06/45

42-50464

 

Unknown

MECH; Training flight; CRL near Woodbridge; SAL

NA

04/06/45

44-48854

 

Unknown

MECH; Training flight; CR near Thorpe Abbotts; SAL

13894

04/07/45

42-94780

Axis Ex-Lax

Kilborn, Bruce O

Shot down by GF; CR near Bassum

N/A

04/07/45

42-50855

 

N/A

Declared WW; SAL

N/A

04/18/45

42-50595

 

Unknown

MECH; Training flight; CRL at Tibenham; SAL

N/A

04/22/45

42-50722

 

Unknown

MECH; Training flight; CRL near Trotson; SAL

N/A

05/29/45

42-110063

 

N/A

Declared WW; SAL in Ireland

N/A

05/29/45

41-28721

Downwind Leg

N/A

Declared WW; SAL in Ireland

N/A

05/29/45

42-7562

Betty

N/A

Declared WW; SAL in Ireland

N/A

05/29/45

41-29487

Blasted Event

N/A

Declared WW; SAL in Ireland

N/A

05/29/45

42-52586

The Green Hornet

N/A

Declared WW; SAL in Ireland

N/A

05/29/45

44-51009

 

N/A

Declared WW; SAL in Ireland

N/A

05/29/45

42-100404

The Grim Reaper

N/A

Declared WW; SAL in Ireland


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