|Death: ||Apr. 29, 1944, Germany|
Co Pilot 2nd/Lt. Aubert M. Tufts KIA
Hometown: West Virginia
Squadron: 579th BS 392nd Bomb Group
Awards: Air Medal, Purple Heart
Pilot 2nd/Lt. Bert W. Wyatt KIA
Target: Berlin Germany
MISSING AIRCREW REPORT: #04461
Date Lost: 29-Apr-44
Serial Number: #42-7510
Aircraft Model B-24
Aircraft Letter: "0"
Aircraft Name: "EL LOBO" 38th Mission
Location: outskirts of Dinklage, Germany.
Cause: unknown 10KIA
The Group losses on this raid would be the second heaviest ever encountered in its combat history in terms of men killed and planes lost-next only to those suffered at Friedrichshafen on 18 March 1944. On this mission, (18) aircrews were briefed between 0400-0430 hours with the 577th and Lieutenant Rapenport as Bombardier leading. Crews began take-offs at 0725 on what was to be a mission encounter of grave misfortunes due to heavy enemy fighter opposition and flak. Before the target, an estimated 50 single engine fighters hit the group, consisting of FW-190 and ME-109 aircraft, attacking in double line-abreast and making a level pass through the Group's formation.
MISSION LOSS CIRCUMSTANCES: No report exists in the MACR from in-flight eyewitness accounts on the loss of this aircraft. Other records indicated this aircrew did fly this mission with formations of the 392nd's sister Group, the 44th, to the Berlin target complex. German eyewitnesses report hearing the sound of gunfire in the clouds and then seeing this B-24 descend through the clouds. Neither right engine was working and thick black smoke was coming from the forward part of the fuselage. The plane impacted in a forest on the outskirts of Dinklage, GGermany.
INDIVIDUAL ACCOUNTS OF CREWMEN FATES: No record exists in this MACR.
BURIAL RECORDS: All ten crewmembers were buried in the Forest Cemetery in Vechta, Germany. Overseas U.S. National Cemetery records reveal the following interments concerning certain members of this aircrew: In the ARDENNES Cemetery near Liege, Belgium, are Lt. Wyatt (Grave A-40-7); Lt. Tufts (Grave D-1 1-15); S/Sgt Womer (Grave A-26-20); S/SGT Monroe (Grave C-4-42); and Sgt Sorrells (Grave A-33-45). All five were noted to have awards as recorded: Wyatt, the Air Medal with (2) Oak Leaf Clusters; Monroe and Sorrells, both the Air Medal. All were cited for the Purple Heart as well. On the remaining (5) crew members of this aircrew there is no burial or remembrance recognitions.
Crew of "EL LOBO"
2nd/Lt. Bert W. Wyatt Pilot KIA
2nd/Lt. Aubert M. Tufts Co Pilot KIA
2nd/Lt. Douglas N. Franke Navigator KIA
T/Sgt. Byron E. Hassett Engineer KIA
S/Sgt Robert W. Monroe Radio Op. KIA
S/Sgt. John F. Sorrells A. Radio Op. KIA
S/Sgt.William S. Womer Gunner KIA
S/Sgt. David E. Harbaugh Gunner KIA
S/Sgt. Robert E. Thompson Gunner KIA
S/Sgt. Alfred P. Archambeau Gunner KIA
Note: Entered the service from West Virginia.
Ardennes American Cemetery and Memorial
Plot: Plot D Row 11 Grave 15
Maintained by: John Dowdy
Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
Record added: Aug 07, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 56361359
Added: Jun. 20, 2014