|Death: ||Aug. 27, 1943|
S/Sgt Howard Haaf MIA/KIA
Squadron 506th 44th Bomb Group
Service # 18081540
Awards: Purple Heart
Pilot 2nd Lt Dwaine Lighter
Aircraft Model B-24
Aircraft Letter: G
Aircraft Name: THE BAD PENNY
Location: Bay of Biscay
Notes: lost returning to Hethel 12 crew and passengers Killed
Lighter and crew flew the very next 389th BG mission after Ploesti, the Wiener-Neustadt raid on August 13 1943, which was briefed to the crews as being just as dangerous as the Ploesti raid. Two weeks after that, on August 27, 1943, while en-route from Marrakesh to England, the Lighter crew and their aircraft disappeared, with all aboard presumed lost.
The squadron split up opposite of Portugal because of the weather; everyone proceeded individually. B-24 42-40767 was attacked by German fighters over the Channel. One prop was feathered after the first pass, the aircraft losing altitude. Then especially the rear part was badly hit; the top turret blew up. The Pilot ditched as he flew already too low for a bailout. Due to the rough sea the B-24 broke in two at the back end of the bomb-bay and sank quickly, +/- 65 miles SW of Port Reath".
Sgt. Haaf was a member of the 44th BG. He does not appear on the Ploesti combat roster. He was most likely ground echelon returning to England. His body was never recovered.
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Note: Entered the service from Texas.
Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial
Departement du Calvados
Plot: Tablets of the Missing
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Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
Record added: Aug 08, 2010
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