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    Default 178 Sq. B-24 Liberator Mk VI "D" EV974 crash place in Romania

    Hello dear forumers,

    I'm ww2 aviation history resercher from Romania and looking for crash places of USAF and RAF/Commonwealth planes from 1944 on romanian soil.
    I have found a piece (from one engine) and have gathered info about crash place of RAF B-24 "D" EV974 (on the night 9/10 august '44 after bombing "Romana refinery' in Ploesti).
    The crash place is near a small village called Ruda. The plane exploded in the air. One wing fell on a hill (on the right side of the river Ruda) and the rest of the plane fell in the forest in a place called "Teis" where a large area burn out for many days.
    The crew members jumped with parachute. Two of them near village "Filpesti Targ" and the rest near Moreni village. One of the gunners, Sgt. Norman Cooper died of wounds on 13 august '44.
    Question:
    I found some pictures ( links below) with a B -24 (with his crew) coded "D" for Dog from 178sq.
    Are any chance to be "D" EV 974, that I' m looking for ?
    http://rafb24.com/index.php?option=com_rsgallery2&page=inline&id=29
    http://rafb24.com/index.php?option=com_rsgallery2&page=inline&id=32
    http://rafb24.com/index.php?option=com_rsgallery2&page=inline&id=33

    Any help or more info regarding this plane and his crew will be apreciated.
    Regards
    Dan.
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    Dan

    The full crew was

    F/Sgt M F Watson
    2/Lt F J Bagshaw SAAF
    Sgt J C Milsom
    Sgt A L Gunn
    Sgt N A B Cooper
    Sgt G D Bramley


    All became POWs but as you know Sgt Cooper died of his burns. Until now the crash site was not known, so many thanks for that information. Do you know Patrick Macdonald's book, Through Darkness to light? He writes of the los of the aircrft but also of the lack of information about the loss: see pages 179-80.

    David

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    Thanks David for your input.
    I don't have MacDonalds book ( only the french book La chasse de nuit allemande en Roumanie -Mombeek).
    Regarding Sgt. Cooper, I will serch if he was buried in Tancabesti cemetery ( on the road Bucharest-Ploesti) and to take a picture of his grave stone.

    Dan.

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