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Six crews were lost in March, 1945.  Four crews were lost on bombing missions and two were lost supporting Operation VARSITY - the last airborne drop of World War II.  Instead of bombs, the 445th dropped food, ammunition, and medical supplies to the airborne and glider troops who had just landed.  To make sure they hit their drop zones, the B-24's went in at 300 ft altitude.  They were low enough that conventional small arms fire (rifles, pistols and machineguns) would be dangerous.  A hit on a pilot or copilot could cause the plane to nose over into the ground, like what happened to 1st Lt Jennis M. Strickland and Lt Col Carl Fleming.  Both were struck by ground fire and the plane just dove into the snow covered German countryside.

MACR #

Date

Tail Number

Pilot

Cause

12883

03 Mar 45

42-50692

2nd Lt John C. Saunders

Hit by flak; 1 KIA, 8 POW

12882

04 Mar 45

44-48844

1st Lt Richard A. Winters

Hit by flak; 7 KIA, 4 POW

13563

20 Mar 45

44-48851

Capt John W. Barker

Hit by flak; 12 KIA

13618

23 Mar 45

42-51223

1st Lt Thomas H. Sears

Hit by flak; 6 KIA, 3 POW

13545

24 Mar 45

42-50620

1st Lt Raymond P. Schultz

Ground fire; 9 KIA

13516

24 Mar 45

42-51245

1st Lt Jennis M. Strickland

Ground fire; 10 KIA


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