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Fallen Bombers in Médoc Monument

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Details:

On the north side of the road.

Monument

A memorial wall bearing three metal plaques. The center plaque contains the commemoration message and the list of info about the 10 American bombers. The left-most plaque is a printed image of a B-17 Flying Fortress while the right-most is a B-24 Liberator. To the right of the monument are two information boards which also contain a list of info and a map of the crash. There are inconsistencies between the info board and the center plaque specifically on points 3, 5, 8. Also, the dates of the crash on the info board for points 1, 2, and 3 are different on the plaque (December 31 vs November 31). The type of aircraft inscribed also conflicts but the inscription on the plaque is more accurate than on the board except for the “Harmful Lil’ Armful” which should be a B-24.

 

The Germans have turned the northern tip of the Medoc into a fortress to protect their shipping and submarine bases at Bordeaux. These bombers were to destroy those bases the day they were shot down.

 

The crew of each plane:

 

Breezing Home     B17 N°42-40002

1Lt

William Whitfield

Trimble

Pilot

1Lt

Fred Leroy

Shantz

Co-Pilot

1Lt

Beryl Frederick

Lemke

Navigator

1Lt

Enver Charles

Cury

Bombardier

S/Sgt

Jack Leonard

Mackey

Radio Operator

T/Sgt

Edward

Tracey

Mechanic/Gunner

S/Sgt

John Edward

Schaffer

Ball Turret Gunner

Sgt

William Albert

Armstrong

Tail Gunner

S/Sgt

Joseph Percy

Acker

Left Waist Gunner

S/Sgt

Paul Kenan

Courtad

Right Waist Gunner

 

Special Delivery     B17 N°42-37808

1Lt

Meredith

Rueff

Pilot

2Lt

Ernest Howard

Rufer

Co-Pilot

2Lt

James Leonard

Brandon

Navigator

2Lt

Joseph Hazard Jr

Broussard

Bombardier

T/Sgt

Davis

Maguire

Radio Operator/Gunner

T/Sgt

George Francis

Johnson

Mechanic/Gunner

S/Sgt

William Everett

McGill (MacGill)

Ball Turret Gunner

S/Sgt

Milton Charles

Bornstein

Right Waist Gunner

S/Sgt

Albert Louis

Israel

Left Waist Gunner

S/Sgt

Gerald Elza

Massie

Tail Gunner

 

Black Jack IV     B17 N°42-30444

2Lt

Harold Keller

Lockwood

Pilot

2Lt

Charles Eugene

Adcock

Co-Pilot

2Lt

Harry J

Wiener

Navigator

2Lt

George Anthony Jr

Collins

Bombardier

T/Sgt

Floyd L

Stevens

Radio Operator

Sgt

Floyd E

Saunders

Ball Turret Gunner

S/Sgt

Robert H

Martin

Mechanic

Sgt

George Milton

Bertholdt

Tail Gunner

S/Sgt

Horace S

Man

Right Waist Gunner

Sgt

Bennie E

Livesay

Left Waist Gunner

 

Lucky Lady     B17 N°42-31164

2Lt

Richard Arthur

Stakes

Pilot

2Lt

William Mack

Foley

Co-Pilot

2Lt

Lawrence Emil

Grauerholz

Navigator

2Lt

J B

Tennyson

Bombardier

Sgt

Elton Royce

Aldridge

Radio Operator/Gunner

S/Sgt

Herbert Gilman

Ruud

Mechanic/Gunner

Sgt

Paul James

Farmer

Ball Turret Gunner

Sgt

Charles Joseph

Robinson

Right Waist Gunner

Sgt

Humberto

Rocha

Left Waist Gunner

Pvt

Richard Monroe

Cox

Tail Gunner

 

Sioux City Queen     B17 N°42-5899

2Lt

Norman Pershing

Kempton

Pilot

2Lt

Paul Edwin

Davis

Co-Pilot

2Lt

Stanley Albin

Plytynski

Navigator

2Lt

William Robertson

LaForce

Bombardier

Sgt

Louis Joseph

Mostardi

Radio Operator/Gunner

S/Sgt

Emil William

Taddeo

Right Waist Gunner

Pfc

Eldridge John

Sautter

Ball Turret Gunner

S/Sgt

Raymond

Evtuch

Mechanic/Gunner

Pvt

Joseph Matthew

De Rouin

Left Waist Gunner

S/Sgt

Hamp Brookshire

Nicholson

Tail Gunner

 

Lil Butch     B17 N°42-30112

2Lt

Allan Campbell

Powell

Pilot

2Lt

Thomas Henry Jr

Hudson

Co-Pilot

2Lt

Robert Odell

Anderson

Navigator

2Lt

Hugh Caterson

Shields

Bombardier

Sgt

Wesley Dale

Geist

Radio Operator/Gunner

Sgt

Goble

Miracle

Ball Turret Gunner

S/Sgt

Delmar Clarence

Broyles

Mechanic/Gunner

S/Sgt

Alton Monroe

Brown

Tail Gunner

Sgt

Sherman Bruce

Frew

Right Waist Gunner

Sgt

Ernest Alva

Trummel

Left Waist Gunner

 

Harmful Lil’ Armful     B24 N°42-7754

2Lt

Philip John

Chase

Pilot

2Lt

William Herbert

Thomas

Co-Pilot

2Lt

Harry K Jr

Farrell

Navigator

F/O

Edward Earl

George

Bombardier

S/Sgt

Arthur S

Meyerowitz

Mechanic/Gunner

S/Sgt

Joseph

De Franze

Assistant Radio Operator

S/Sgt

Thomas M

McNamara

Assistant Mechanic

S/Sgt

William D

Dunham

Right Waist Gunner

S/Sgt

Howard Rankin

Peck

Tail Gunner

 

Lady Luck     B17 N°42-3495

1Lt

Ralph M

Saville

Pilot

2Lt

William E

Playford

Co-Pilot

2Lt

Raymond E Jr

Light

Navigator

2Lt

Alphonse J

Elsaesser

Bombardier

T/Sgt

Gilbert L

Morris

Mechanic

T/Sgt

George R

Leonard

Radio Operator

S/Sgt

George F Jr

Kelley

Left Waist Gunner

Sgt

Sidney Cecil

Pulver

Right Waist Gunner

S/Sgt

John R

Myrick

Ball Turret Gunner

S/Sgt

Irvin

Gassaway

Tail Gunner

Note: According to the plaque and the information board, the aircraft name for registration number 42-3495 is “Lady Luck,” but, according to our source, the aircraft name was “Rough Group.”

 

Buzz Buggy*     B24 N°42-7577

* The inscription on the plaque is Buzz Z Buzzy

1Lt

L V

Allen

Pilot

2Lt

Peter R

Cline

Co-Pilot

2Lt

Chester

Mikus

Navigator

2Lt

Wesley III

Robinson

Bombardier

S/Sgt

William D

Norton

Mechanic/Gunner

S/Sgt

Thomas R

Kelly

Radio Operator

S/Sgt

William E

Fuller

Assistant Radio Operator

Sgt

Allen E

Crandall

Assistant Mechanic

S/Sgt

William L

Bloyd

Ball Turret Gunner

Sgt

Harvey K Jr

Tillman

Tail Gunner

 

B17 N°42-107088

2Lt

John B

Doyle

Pilot

2Lt

Julian K

Prokopovitz

Co-Pilot

F/O

Richard H Jr

Richards

Navigator

2Lt

Bernard S

Leavitt

Bombardier

S/Sgt

Gordon W

Wise

Mechanic/Gunner

S/Sgt

Charles E

Harker

Radio Operator/Gunner

Sgt

Logan A

Thompson

Ball Turret Gunner

Sgt

Robert J

Helman

Right Waist Gunner

Sgt

Robert Thomas

Matthews

Tail Gunner

Source of information: francecrashes39-45.net, www.aerosteles.net

Source of photos: www.aerosteles.net

Monument Text:

B17 Super Forteresse                B24 Libérator

 

A la mémoire des 99 aviateurs américains tombés dans le MEDOC et autres Lieux.

In memory of the 99 American aviators fallen in Medoc and elsewhere.

 

Le 31/11/1943, le 05/01/1944/, le 19/06/1944

 

Avions Bombardiers B17&B24

 

Le Breezing Home              B17 N°42-40002 St. Germain d'Esteuil          8 prisonniers-2 évadés

Le Spécial Delivery             B17 N°42-37808 Carcans-Hourtin  5 prisonniers-5 évadés

Le Black Jack IV   B17 N°42-30444 Carcans-Hourtin  4 prisonniers-4 évadés-2 décès

Le Lucky Lady      B17 N°42-31164 Carcans-Hourtin  3 prisonniers-6 évadés-1 décès

Le Sioux City Queen           B17 N°42-5899    St Laurent Médoc 3 prisonniers-5 évadés-2 décès

Le Lil Butch           B17 N°42-30112 St Laurent Médoc 1 évadés­9 décès

Le Harmful Lil Armful          B17 N°42-7754    Indéterminé          5 prisonniers-2 évadés­2 décès

Le Lady Luck        B17 N°42-3495    St Seurin de Cadourne       3 prisonniers-6 évadés­1 décès

Le Buzz Z Buzzy  B24 N°42-7577    Large de Carcans 10 décès

Le Pessac Tartifume           B17 N°42-107088 Pessac Tartifume 2 prisonniers-8 décès

 

A la mémoire des hommes et des femmes qui firent le suprême sacrifice et de leure camarades qui survécurent aux opérations de combats qui furent menées, hommage à leur volonté, au courage des habitants de la Région, qui connurent les horreurs de la guerre.

In memory of those men and women who sacrificed their lives and to those who survived combat missions, praise to their will and to the resilience of the local people who faced the horrors of war.

 

Plaque inaugureé le 14 juin 2019 par Monsieur DARGENT, Sous-Préfét de Lesparre

et Monaisur HALL consul des Etats Unis à Bordeaux.

Plaque réalisée par les Arts et Métiers de BORDEAUX-TALENCE

 

 

English translation:

 

B17 Super Fortress                   B24 Liberator

 

In memory of the 99 American aviators fallen in Medoc and elsewhere.

 

on 31/11/1943, on 05/01/1944/, on 19/06/1944

 

Bomber Aircraft B17&B24

 

Breezing Home    B17 N°42-40002 St. Germain d'Esteuil          8 prisoners-2 escaped

Special Delivery   B17 N°42-37808 Carcans-Hourtin  5 prisoners -5 escaped

Black Jack IV        B17 N°42-30444 Carcans-Hourtin  4 prisoners -4 escaped ­2 deceased

Lucky Lady           B17 N°42-31164 Carcans-Hourtin  3 prisoners -6 escaped-1 deceased

Sioux City Queen B17 N°42-5899    St Laurent Médoc 3 prisoners -5 escaped ­2 deceased

Lil Butch B17 N°42-30112 St Laurent Médoc 1 escaped-9 deceased

Harmful Lil Armful B17 N°42-7754   Undetermined      5 prisoners -2 escaped­2 deceased

Lady Luck              B17 N°42-3495    St Seurin de Cadourne       3 prisoners -6 escaped­1 deceased

Buzz Z Buzzy       B24 N°42-7577    Off Carcans          10 deceased

Pessac Tartifume B17 N°42-107088 Pessac Tartifume 2 prisoners-8 deceased

 

In memory of those men and women who sacrificed their lives and to those who survived combat missions, praise to their will and to the resilience of the local people who faced the horrors of war.

 

The plaque was inaugurated on June 14, 2019, by Mr. DARGENT, Sub-Prefect of Lesparre, and Mr. HALL, Consul of the United States in Bordeaux.

 

Plaque made by the Arts and Crafts of BORDEAUX-TALENCE

Commemorates:

People:

1  2  Next

Joseph Percy Acker

Charles Eugene Adcock

Elton Royce Aldridge

Robert Odell Anderson

William Albert Armstrong

George Milton Bertholdt

Milton Charles Bornstein

James Leonard Brandon

Joseph Hazard Jr Broussard

Alton Monroe "Buddy" Brown

Delmar Clarence Broyles

Philip John Chase

George Anthony, Jr Collins

Paul Kenan "PK" Courtad

Richard Monroe Cox

Enver Charles Cury

Paul Edwin Davis

Joseph Matthew De Rouin

Joseph DeFranze

William David Dunham

Raymond "Ray" Evtuch

Paul James Farmer

Harry K., Jr. Farrell

William Mack Foley

Sherman Bruce Frew

Wesley Dale Geist

Edward Earl George

Lawrence Emil "Larry," Sr. Grauerholz

Thomas Henry, Jr. Hudson

Albert Louis Israel

George Francis Johnson

Norman Pershing Kempton

William Robertson LaForce

Beryl Frederick Lemke

Bennie Edward Livesay

Harold Keller Lockwood

Jack Leonard Mackey

Davis Maguire

Horace S. Man

Robert Harland Martin

Gerald Elza Massie

William Everett "Bill" McGill

Thomas M. McNamara

Arthur S. Meyerowitz

Goble Miracle

Louis Joseph Mostardi

Hamp Brookshire, Jr. Nicholson

Howard Rankin Peck

Stanley Albin Plytynski

Allan Campbell Powell

Units:

332nd Bomber Squadron, 94th Bomber Group (Heavy)

337th Bomber Squadron, 96th Bomber Group, Heavy

399th Bomber Squadron, 96th Bomber Group, Heavy

410th Bomber Squadron, 94th Bomber Group, Heavy

510th Bomber Squadron, 351st Bomb Group, Heavy

532nd Bomber Squadron, 381st Bomb Group

560th Bomber Squadron, 388th Bomber Group

615th Bomber Squadron, 401st Bomber Group, Heavy

704th Bomber Squadron, 446th Bomb Group, Heavy

715th Bomber Squadron, 448th Bomber Group

US Army Air Corps

Wars:

WWII

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