Sgt Hershel L. McCoy

Sgt Hershel L. McCoy

Birth
Lorado, Logan County, West Virginia, USA
Death 15 Dec 1944 (aged 40)
Norton, Daventry District, Northamptonshire, England
Burial Coton, South Cambridgeshire District, Cambridgeshire, England
Plot Plot F, Row 6, Grave 124.
Memorial ID 56295867 · View Source
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A report written after the crash from a crew member who bailed out reads as follows:

(page one missing).. "to our base in England as fellow crew members from a raid on Kassel, Germany. The ship had been severely damaged by flack. Our number one engine was shot out and the fuselage had been badly shot out. There was considerable doubt in all minds of the members of the crew as to our ability to make our base. We were flying in zero-zero weather and were unsure as to our exact position. On reaching the coast of England our pilot, Lieutenant Harris, felt that his ability to land our damaged airplane safely was highly in question and passed the word round to we crew members to bail out if we were so inclined. My friend, Sergeant Burry, decided to stay with the ship, whilst I elected to bail out, which I did. To the best of my knowledge, almost immediately after leaving the ship it crashed into a radar tower about six miles from our home base, located near Rushedon, England. All members of the crew, including Sergeant Burry were killed in the crash....."


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  • Created by: War Graves
  • Added: 6 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56295867
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Sgt Hershel L. McCoy (4 Nov 1904–15 Dec 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56295867, citing Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial, Coton, South Cambridgeshire District, Cambridgeshire, England ; Maintained by War Graves (contributor 6) .