|Birth: ||Nov. 1, 1919|
|Death: ||Jun. 4, 1942|
Five Fortresses left at 10:30 AM to intercept the enemy fleet. After cruising for several hours the flight sighted an enemy carrier when a portion of them broke out of a thick sea fog into a small opening. Captain Mansfield and his entire crew were lost in this momentary encounter. The exact details of their last few seconds are unknown for no one saw what happened ater they were seen flying directly toward the carrier.
(From the journal of the 36th Bomber Squadron)
From other accounts, it appears that Capt. Mansfield went down to minimum altitude and dropped a bomb. The pilot of their wing plane stated that they most likely were either shot down at that moment or the blast of their own bomb destroyed them.
Note: Entered the service from North Dakota.
Plot: Courts of the Missing
Created by: CWGC/ABMC
Record added: Aug 06, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 56122617
was a B-17 crew member during WWII, assigned to 28th BG 36th BS - KIA on 4 june 1942, flying aboard 41-9084|
Added: Dec. 7, 2013
Thank you Lyle for your service and courage|
Added: Mar. 9, 2013