|Death: ||Apr. 14, 1945|
Rushen, Isle of Man
Casualty of WWII, Derrell was a Master Sergeant [Pilot]in the U.S. Army Air Forces,367th Bomber Squadron, 306th Bomber Group, Heavy ~ Service # 14082037.
He entered the Service from Florida.
Awards: Air Medal
CASUALTIES NOT LISTED IN MACR
Date Lost: 14-Apr-45
Serial Number: #42-37840
Aircraft Model B-17G
Location: This plane crashed near the Chasms on the southern tip of the Isle of Man on the 14th April 1945.
Cause: Weather pilot error
The crew of the aircraft were flying the aircraft from Thurleigh in Bedfordshire to Langford Lodge in Co. Antrim where they were dropping off their passengers. The route to Langford Lodge was intended to be a cross country navigation training exercise. The weather on the day dictated that the flight be carried out on instruments rather than visual navigation. They took off from Thurleigh at 15:00 and headed for Northern Ireland, by 18:15, having failed to arrive at Langford Lodge, they were declared overdue by the USAAF. Within five minutes a report was sent back stating that an aircraft had crashed on the Isle of Man.
The aircraft had been flying on a North Westerly course towards the island, it was thought that the pilots had seen land ahead and that cloud was covering much of it and began turning to port onto a South Westerly course when the aircraft struck the ground just inland from the coast. The aircraft traveled through a stone wall before coming to rest where the wreckage was then destroyed by fire.
Crew and passengers of #42-37840 were:
Captain George E. Cubberly
Captain Wilbur Bradley "Wilbee" Butterfield
FL/Of. Howard E. LeCompte Jr.
M/Sgt. Derrell S. Jones
T/Sgt. Earnest E. Gallion
1st/Lt. Collins E. Liersch
2nd/Lt. Austin J. Parrish
1st/Lt. Robert A. Vieille
S/Sgt. Chester F. Smalczewski
T/Sgt. William C. Starbuck
Nurse Emily Harper Rea
A memorial has been held to honour 11 US military personnel who died when their plane crashed in a Manx field at the end of World War II.
Lt Robert Vielle, an experienced and decorated pilot, had been flying a B-17G from England to Northern Ireland when he hit bad weather over the Irish Sea on 14 April 1945.
The aircraft veered off-course by several miles and instead of passing the Calf of Man on the right hand-side, it struck the ground near the Glen Chass in Rushen, bursting into flames and killing all 11 people on board.
Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial
South Cambridgeshire District
Plot: Plot F Row 4 Grave 136
Maintained by: Martin Douglas Packer
Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
Record added: Aug 06, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 56291139