He was the ball turret gunner on the crew of the B-17G #42-38158 "Jean" during a mission to bomb the Dornier aircraft factory at Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany. They received a direct hit in the cockpit and exploded mid air, crashing near Leustatten, Germany.
The USAAF B17 bomber "Flying Fortress" #42-38158 named "Jean" which had a 10-member crew. 4 officers and 6 sergeant gunners. Their mission was to the Dornier Aircraft factory. Their aircraft received a direct hit to the cockpit and disintegrated over the target Operpffenhofen near Munich on April 24, 1944. Eight crew members perished when the ship exploded.
Aircraft received a direct hit to the cockpit and the aircraft disintegrated and crashed at 1400 hours 500 miles southwest of Leutstellen near Starnbe.
8 casualties related to the #42-38158 incident on April 24, 1944.
◼Elroy A Altendorf :: Top Turret Gunner
◼John S Cox :: Ball Turret Gunner
◼William J Hautz :: Co-Pilot
◼John D Lynch Jr :: Bombardier
◼William G MacKichan :: Pilot
◼Kermit I Olstad :: Right Waist Gunner
◼John P Pastorella :: Tail Gunner
◼Neil E Walling :: Navigator
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