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    Default Freckleton Disaster - B-24 42-50291 and allocation of death incorrect

    The four casualties here:

    http://www.rafcommands.com/database/...?uniq=42-50291

    are under the listing of USAAF B-24 42-50291 loss 23 August 1944


    SERGEANT WALTER WILLIAM CANNELL
    Service Number: 1623550
    Died 24.08.44

    SERGEANT ROBERT JOHN BELL
    Service Number: 1802049
    Died 24.08.44

    FLIGHT SERGEANT ERIC CLARENCE WILLIAM NEWTON
    Service Number: 1397179
    Died 23.08.44

    Sergeant DOUGLAS BATSON
    Service Number: 1683298
    Died 24.08.44

    But they were on ground when plane crashed into the Village of Freckleton and they were in "Sad Sack" Snack Bar as Customer's. They were not part of 3 main crew which were all American

    list of casualties here

    http://laituk.org/Fr%20Casualties.htm

    Incident referenced here

    http://laituk.org/B-24%2042-50291.htm

    "52 people (the three crew members on the B-24, 34 children, one teacher, six American servicemen, one RAF airman and seven Snack Bar staff) died instantly, with nine others (four children, one teacher, an American serviceman and three RAF airmen) later dying in hospital from their injuries."

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    Default Re: Freckleton Disaster - B-24 42-50291 and allocation of death incorrect

    Crew Consolidated B-24H Liberator 42-50291
    All killed

    1st Lt. John Allen Bloemendal, B-24, 42-5029/Pilot
    O-740035
    Birth Date: 1 Jun 1917
    Death Date: 23 Aug 1944
    Note Ancestry Tree has John Allen "Lucas" Bloemendal - But I cannot see the Lucas anywhere on documentation

    T/Sgt James 'Jimmy' Manuel Parr B-24, 42-5029/Co-Pilot
    #34057501
    Born 30 Nov 1919
    Death Date: 23 Aug 1944

    Sgt Gordon Wilbur Kinney B-24, 42-5029/Flight Engineer
    #38024249
    Birth: 13 May 1918 Oklahoma, USA
    Death: 23 Aug 1944

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    Default Re: Freckleton Disaster - B-24 42-50291 and allocation of death incorrect

    Rest of USAAF Casualties (on Ground)

    Pvt. George Clifton Brown "Sad Sack" Snack Bar/Customer(US)
    #34649834
    BIRTH 4 Nov 1913
    DEATH 30 Aug 1944 (aged 31)
    Assigned to 2BAD, 8AF USAAF. Customer of Freckleton snack bar, severely wounded by crash of B-24J 42-50291 'Classy Chassis II'. Died of his wounds "two days later" sic = 7 days later. Died non Battle (DNB)

    Sgt. Frank Louis Zugel "Sad Sack" Snack Bar/Customer(US)
    #36043900
    Birth 17 Oct 1916
    Death Aug 23 1944

    Cpl. Herbert George Cross "Sad Sack" Snack Bar/Customer(US)
    #34188270
    Birth: 18 Jul 1913 Bristol, Sullivan, Tennessee, USA
    Death Aug 23 1944

    Pvt. Minas Philip Glitsis "Sad Sack" Snack Bar/Customer(US)
    #32633539
    Birth 1906 Egypt
    Death Aug 23 1944

    Pvt. Samuel Anthony Mezzacappa "Sad Sack" Snack Bar/Customer(US)
    #32436347
    Birth
    29 Jun 1923
    Death
    22 Aug 1944

    Sgt. Theodore Edwin Nelson "Sad Sack" Snack Bar/Customer(US)
    #39191028
    Theodore Edwin Nelson
    BIRTH 26 AUG 1913
    Death 22 Aug 1944

    Cpl. Arthur James Rogney "Sad Sack" Snack Bar/Customer(US)
    #36297508
    Birth 19 Feb 1918
    Death 22 Aug 1944
    Last edited by paulmcmillan; 11th June 2021 at 11:50.

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