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461st Bombardment Group (H)

Losses

This feature attempts to catalog all the aircraft losses the 461st sustained during the war.  There are a lot of empty slots in the information, so help us fill in the blanks!

I want to thank everyone who has contributed to the progress of this segment. Special thanks go out to Michael Sisovsky for his material on 17 December 1944 losses, and to Karl Affenzeller for his pinpoint data on 25 July 1944 losses.

Each entry is linked to the appropriate mission summary and nose art photo where applicable.

We could REALLY use any Missing Air Crew Reports (MACR's) that may be floating around the Group!

The serial number column is linked to any articles or features we have posted regarding that particular crew, mission, or aircraft.

Please E-Mail me if you can fill in any of the blanks.

KEY TO ABBREVIATIONS
FTR - Fighter Attack OOF - Out Of Fuel MAC - Mid Air Collision DIT - Ditched
FLK - Flak Damage HBB - Hit By Bombs CR - Crashed MED - Mediterranian
MF - Mechanical Failure WEA - Weather Related C/L - Crash Landed AD - Adriatic
Date Lost Serial No. Sq. Ship No. Ship Name Pilot in Command Disposition
4/2/44 41-29336 766 52 Tou Jour Gay Lt. Sidney S. Wilson MAC-CR near Bihac, Yugoslavia
4/2/44 42-52388 767 62   Lt. William H. Zumsteg MAC-CR near Bihac, Yugoslavia
4/6/44 42-52361 765 22 ? Lt. John Specht ? FLK-DIT near Torretta?
4/13/44 42-52336 766 44 ? Lt. Charles W. Bauman? FLK-CR near Budapest, Hungary
4/13/44 42-52366 766 49 Spirit of Hollywood / Gloria Jean Lt. Paul S. Mowery MAC-CR - near Budapest, Hungary
4/13/44 42-52409 764 16 Hell's A Poppin Lt. Kay B. Steele FTR?-CR - near ?
4/16/44 42-52395 767 61 Little Jesus Lt. Floyd W. Woodard FLK-CR - near Belgrade
4/23/44 41-28724 767 71 Jizzy Outch Lt. Matias Torres FLK-CR - near Vis
4/24/44 41-28717 765 30 Big Stinky Lt. Forrest D. Nixon FLK - CR - Bucharest
5/10/44 42-78212 764     Lt. William C. Wallace FTR-CR near Appetlon
5/22/44 42-78228 765 31 The Iron Duke Lt. James T. Bennett MF-DIT MED
5/24/44 42-78267 767 71 ? Lt. William E. Diggs MR-CR near Grafendorf
5/24/44 42-52405 766 54 ? Lt. Robert L. Bigelow FLK-CR near Sigless
5/27/44 42-52399 767 73 Miss Carriage Lt. Gerald Maroney FLK-CR near Orange
5/31/44 41-28685 765 24 Leading Lady Lt. Samuel N. Norris FLK-CR Korcula Island
5/31/44 42-78103 764 17 Red Ryder Lt. George N Ryder, Jr. FLR(?)-DIT/AD
6/11/44 42-52458 764 13 Chippiedall Robert J. Hefling FTR-CR near Raska
6/11/44 42-78260 767 71 ? Lt. Robert L. Heald FLK-CR near Vratza
6/26/44 41-28679 766 47 Heaven Can Wait Lt. Samuel M. Zive FLK-CR near Gajary, Slovakia
7/3/44 41-29289 764 5 Battle Crate F/O Mac L. Lucas MF-Cr near Trebijne
7/12/44 41-29337 766 53 Dwatted Wabbit Lt. William J. Barnes, Jr. FTR-DIT/MED
7/12/44 42-52723 766 ? ? Lt. Chester A. Ray FTR-CR near Boulon
7/12/44 42-78291 766 ? ? Lt. Frederick L. Dunn FTR-CR LaRoque D'Anthero
7/12/44 42-78202 766 50 Hi-Ho Silver Lt. Richard S. Fawcett FTR-CR near St. Martin
7/15/44 42-50303 765 ? ? Lt. William Z. Weems FLK-CR near Frasimal
7/22/44 42-29362 764 7 Lucky Seven Lt. Clarence W. Bloxom FLK-C/L near Alexandria
7/22/44 42-50948 766 ? ? Lt. Elias E. Moses FLK-CR near Ploesti, Romania
7/22/44 41-29313 766 45 Hottest ?? In Town Lt. Turner Holmes OOF-CR near Torretta, Italy
7/22/44 42-78253 765 29 ? Lt. Nobel Taylor FLK-CR near Torretta, Italy
7/25/44 41-28693 764 War Eagle Lt. Richard E. Freeman FLK-CR St. Peter i.d. Au
7/25/44 42-52486 765 26   Lt. Robert G. Wester CR, Bail out over Vis
7/25/44 42-95383 764 12 Lazy Lady Grover F. Mitchell FLK-CR St. Georgen a. Gusen
7/25/44 42-52459 764 8 Winona Belle Lt. Wray M. Stitch FTR -CR Bad Zell
7/25/44 42-52451 767 66 ? Lt. John J. Kane FLK -CR Molln
7/25/44 42-52368 765 34 Piecemaker Lt. Glenial Fulks FTR-CR Tragwein
7/25/44 42-95257 767 72 ? Lt. Rolland T. Olson FTR-CR Zeltweg
7/25/44 41-29529 765 23 ? Lt. Robert A. Warren, Jr. FTR-CR Luftenberg
7/25/44 41-28850 766 44 ? Lt. Joseph B. Hesser FTR-CR Schwertberg
7/25/44 41-28732 764 18 Swee' Pea Lt. Edgar Trenner FLK-CR Torretta, Italy (salvaged)
7/25/44 42-94732 767 68 Tail Dragon Lt. Edwin W. Bowyer FTR -CR Bad Zell
7/25/44 41-28867 765 21 Sleepy Time Gal Lt. Kenneth O. Githens FTR-CR Rechberg
7/25/44 41-28836 767 69 - none - Lt. Robert H. Fisher FTR-CR Hofkirchen i. Tr.
7/25/44 44-40632 764       CON
8/3/44 41-28970 765 33 Liberty Belle Lt. Robert E. Schweisberger MF-CR near Ravena
8/7/44 42-52436 766 48 ? Lt. Robert E. Sterrett MF-CR near Ostffyassen
8/12/44 44-40621 764 6   Lt. James H. Cain FLK-CR over Genoa
8/17/44 42-78519 767 ? ? Lt. Thomas C. Moore FLK-DIT/MED
8/22/44 41-28681 767 73   Lt. Robert G. Swinehart MIA-CR near Lake Balatan
8/23/44 41-28689 767 40 Sweet Chariot Lt. Gordon W. Rosecrans, Jr. MF-CR ??
8/24/44 42-51336 766 46 Shady Lady Lt. John R. Wren, Jr. FLK-CR near Pesaro
8/26/44 42-78332 766 ? ? Lt. Howard O?. Wilson OOF near Mostar
9/10/44 44-41112 765 26 Irish Angel/She Wolf Lt. Robert K. Baker Burned at Lyon, France
9/25/44 44-41069 767 7-23 Ford's Folly Lt. Ralph E. Newton MF-CR near ?
10/4/44 42-78247 765 39 - none - Lt. William E Waggoner FLK-CL near Penzing
10/4/44 44-40896 764 4 ? Lt. Douglas T. Herrin MIA
10/4/44 42-78444 765 24 All American Lt. Robert R. Chalmers FLK-CR near Tolmin
10/4/44 42-78466 766 47 Urgent Virgin Lt. Walter J. Chester FLK-CR at Sleisheim
10/4/44 42-51338 766 54 ? Lt. Robert D. Falkner FLK-CR near Andau
10/4/44 42-50970 764 13 Lucky Lady Lt. John L. Turner, Jr. FLK-CR near Munich, Germany
10/4/44 44-41039 764 1 Male Box Lt. William M. Powell HBB-CR at Mining
10/13/44 42-78627 765 20 - none - Lt. Willard R. King MAC-CR near Foggia, Italy
10/13/44 42-78591 766 48   Lt. Arthur Trier MAC-CR near Foggia, Italy
10/16/44 44-41093 766 45 ? Lt. Roy F. Kuhlman FLK-CR near Gospic
11/6/44 44-41150 ? ? ? Stockton B. Shaw FLK-CR
11/15/44 42-51971 765 ? ? Lt. William F. Beatty WEA-CR near Innsbruck, Austria
11/19/44 42-95287 766 5? Strictly G.I. Arthur E. Farnham, Jr. FLK-CR near Duboj
11/20/44 44-41162 765 38 Stumpy Joe Lt. Arthur R. Hughes OOF- CR near Garensnica
11/20/44 42-51422 767 72 ? Lt. Robert A. Crinkley OOF-CR Yugoslavia
11/20/44 41-29006 767 ? ? Lt. Charles F. Krahn OOF-DIT/AD
12/11/44 44-41338 766 56 Cherokee Lt. Jay M. Garner FLK-CL Torretta, Italy
12/15/44 42-51346 765 ? Jake's Nabor Clarence P. Marshall MF-CR near Vordernberg
12/16/44 42-51922 766 ? ? Lt. Lee B. Ward, Jr. FLK-CR Ljubljana
12/17/44 42-51319 767 69 ? Lt. Frederick B. Capalbo FTR-CR Berau
12/17/44 42-95304 766 42 ? Lt. Nicholas Sidovar FTR-CR near Karlovač
12/17/44 42-52025 765 26 Arsenic and Lace Lt. Gerald R. Smith FTR-CR near Breun
12/17/44 42-50953 765 39 The Flying Finger Lt. Phillip J. Crossman FTR-CR near Breun
12/17/44 42-51322 767 66 - none - Lt. Charles V. Lang, Jr. FTR-CR near Gleiwitz
12/17/44 44-41158 767 77 ? Lt. Max M. Hailey FTR-CR near Proesnitz
12/17/44 44-41016 765 35 - none - Lt. Thomas K. West FTR-CR near Roehren
12/17/44 41-28913 767 67 ? Lt. Robert A. Galvan FTR-CR near Jovice, Slovakia
12/17/44 42-51324 764 12 Ten Men Bak / Paulette Lt. Kenneth B. Smith MF-CR near Omsenie, Slovakia
12/17/44 42-51430 765 24 Tulsamerican Lt. Eugene P. Ford FTR-CR near Vis
12/18/44 42-51898 767 ? ? Lt. Edward K. George FLK-CR near Budapest
12/24/44 42-94729 766 ? ? Cpt. Gerald Vanderhoven CR-Torretta, Italy (R&R Transp.)
1/8/45 44-48757 767 ? ? Lt. Thomas R. Wiley WEA-CR near St. Oswald
1/20/45 42-51378 765 25 ? Lt. James R. Yancey FLK-CR at Linz, Austria
1/20/45 44-48761 766 ? - none - Lt. Joseph M. O'Neal FLK-CR at Linz, Austria
1/31/45 44-49501 767 ? Red Head Lt. Edward K. Delana OOF-DIT / AD
1/31/45 42-51412 764     James G. Taylor OOF - Hungary
2/13/45 44-49925 766 ? - none - Lt. Francis X. Fink FLK-CR near Vienna, Austria
2/13/45 42-51695 765 39 - none - Lt. Robert M. Kelliher FLK-C/L near Torretta, Italy
2/21/45 44-48993 765 24 Gene's HarePower Lt. Dewey E. McMillen FLK-C/L near Neunkirchen
2/21/45 42-51610 765 33 Marjorie H. Lt. Lawrence O. Woodruff FLK-CR near Vienna, Austria
2/21/45 42-78408 766 49   Lt. Josiah R. Hooper FLK-CR near Vienna, Austria
3/9/45 44-50410 764 5 ? Lt. Paul P. Viliesis MAC-CR near Punit
3/9/45 42-78676 764 2 ? Lt. Chester Lalewicz MAC-CR near Punit
3/23/45 44-41091 764 ? ? Lt. Wiliam R. Baird FLK-CR near Vienna, Austria
3/26/45 42-51918 766 ? ? Lt. Randall L. Webb MF-C/L at Pecs
3/26/45 44-49641 764 ? ? Lt. Raymond E. Spehalski MF-CR near Kingsted
3/26/45 44-49428 765 29 ? Lt. Lloyd R. Heinze MF-CR near Pecs
3/31/45 42-51838 767 65 Natural Lt. Cleone C. Connor, Jr. WEA-CR
4/11/45 44-50743 765 28   Lt. Robert Caran FLK-CR near Bronsolo, Italy
4/15/45 41-28903 764 16 Myra G Lt. Frank M. Brown, Jr. CR near Florence, Italy
4/25/45 44-49511 764 15 Miss Lace Lt. Lawrence R. Toothman FLK-CR St. Georgen a. Walde