Re: Re: 42nd BG 75th BS


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Posted by Fred T Dieterich on November 20, 2001 at 08:32:31:

In Reply to: Re: 42nd BG 75th BS posted by on October 26, 2001 at 18:30:03:

I served in the 69th BS at the same time & have a history of the 42nd BG and was able to locate the information below. "Over Mananget on the following day "Jan 6" Capt. R. W. Thorndyke, Commanding Officer of the 75th, leading his squadron, was hit and forced down into the water off the northeast tip of Celebes in what was described by witnesses as not a water landing, but an explosion just before his plane hit the water. Somehow three men were picked up, Captain Thorndyke. Lieut. James M. Dowling , navigator, and T/Sgt., William R. Sewell. Lieut. E. F. Fuller, co-pilot; T/Sgt., E. J. Sinitiere, engineer and S/Sgt., F.S. Nelson, gunner were lost with the plane."
I hope this information is helpful.



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