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September, 1944

The ground war had been making steady progress; Paris had been retaken and liberated; the general feeling was that the war would be over by Christmas.  A setback came late in the month with Operation MARKET-GARDEN, a bold venture to seize several key bridges up the main avenue of attack with the goal being the Arnham bridge over the Rhine River - access to Germany itself.  The British 1st Airborne,  with a Polish contingent, jumped into Arnham only to find it occupied by an SS Panzer unit with supporting infantry.  The British soon found themselves having to pull back, having found that they went "a bridge too far".

The 445th was to have its blackest day on the 27th with the disaster at Kassel.  Thirty-five B-24's, having gotten themselves separated from the main bomber force, pushed on alone.  they were confident that the Luftwaffe had been sufficiently destroyed as to be no factor.  This over confidence doomed thirty-one of the planes and their crews to destruction or severe battle damage.  For more detailed information regarding the Kassel mission, please visit the Kassel Mission Historical Society's website.

MACR #

Date

Tail Number

Pilot

Cause

8922

12 Sep 44

42-95247

1st Lt Kenneth E. Webster

Hit by flak; 2 KIA, 7 POW

9386

27 Sep 44

41-28922

2nd Lt Palmer M. Bruland

Hit by fighters; 2 KIA, 7 POW

9570

27 Sep 44

41-29542

2nd Lt Howard A. Jones

Hit by fighters; 3 KIA, 7 POW

9387

27 Sep 44

41-29579

1st Lt Oliver B. Elder

Hit by fighters; 4 KIA, 5 POW

9911

27 Sep 44

42-50321

1st Lt Carl J. Sollien

Hit by fighters; 5 KIA, 5 POW

9388

27 Sep 44

42-50324

1st Lt Donald E. Brent

Hit by fighters; 6 KIA, 3 POW

9389

27 Sep 44

42-50340

2nd Lt Hernert Potts

Hit by fighters; 5 KIA, 4 POW

9390

27 Sep 44

42-50383

1st Lt James C. Baynham

Hit by fighters; 4 KIA, 5 POW

9761

27 Sep 44

42-50579

2nd Lt Donald N. Reynolds

Hit by fighters; 2 KIA, 7 POW

9571

27 Sep 44

42-50961

1st Lt Reginald R. Miner

Hit by fighters; 2 KIA, 10 POW

9762

27 Sep 44

42-51080

1st Lt Richard A. Fromm

Hit by fighters; 1 KIA, 8 POW

9391

27 Sep 44

42-51287

1st Lt Myron H. Donald

Hit by fighters; 5 KIA, 4 POW

9392

27 Sep 44

42-51342

1st Lt Joseph E. Johnson

Hit by fighters; 2 KIA, 8 POW

9393

27 Sep 44

42-51355

2nd Lt Roy E. Bolin

Hit by fighters; 8 KIA, 1 POW

9572

27 Sep 44

42-51532

1st Lt William J. Mowat

Hit by fighters; 7 KIA, 2 POW

9394

27 Sep 44

42-51541

Capt John H. Chilton

Hit by fighters; 4 KIA, 9 POW

9395

27 Sep 44

42-94863

2nd Lt William F. Golden

Hit by fighters; 2 KIA, 7 POW

9396

27 Sep 44

42-95078

2nd Lt Robert N. Hansen

Hit by fighters; 6 KIA, 3 POW

9397

27 Sep 44

42-95128

2nd Lt William S. Bruce

Hit by fighters; 7 KIA, 2 POW

9763

27 Sep 44

42-100308

2nd Lt Leslie E. Warman

Hit by fighters; 6 KIA, 3 POW

9398

27 Sep 44

42-109789

1st Lt Edward F. Hartman

Hit by fighters; 3 KIA, 6 POW

9399

27 Sep 44

42-110022

1st Lt Raphael E. Carrow

Hit by fighters; 5 KIA, 4 POW

9400

27 Sep 44

42-110073

2nd Lt Andrew G. Seeds

Hit by fighters; 9 KIA

9383

27 Sep 44

44-10490

1st Lt Edgar N. Walther

Hit by fighters; 8 KIA, 1 POW

9384

27 Sep 44

44-10497

1st Lt Ralph H. Pearson

Hit by fighters; 3 KIA, 6 POW

9385

27 Sep 44

44-10511

1st Lt James W. Schaen

Hit by fighters; 4 KIA, 5 POW


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