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During the overseas movement of the air echelon, one crew was lost.  Crew 66, flown by 2nd Lt Albert A Poor of the 703rd Bomb Squadron, ditched in the Carribean and there were no survivors among the crew of 10 and their 4 passengers.  The plane went down approximately 100 miles South of St. Croix, in the Virgin Islands.  As there were no survivors, the cause of the crash will never be known, but a member of another crew of the 703rd making the same transit remembers hearing a desperate call indicating they were having fuel transfer problems.

A subsequent search of the area shortly after the ditching found a few pieces of wreckage, a partially inflated life raft, and a parachute.  The seas were 4 to 6 foot waves which would have made the ditching even more difficult.  Multiple aircraft were dispatched but no sign was ever found beyond the initial wreckage.

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.


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