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CPT Felton Barton Lancaster

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CPT Felton Barton Lancaster

Birth
Dew, Freestone County, Texas, USA
Death
3 Feb 1943 (aged 25)
Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia
Burial
Dew, Freestone County, Texas, USA
Plot
Section B Plot 42
Memorial ID
6394364 View Source

Captain Lancaster was the co-pilot of Flight 41-1708. The night of Jan 18th the C-87 crashed into the sea. Nothing was found in the following search.

On Feb 5th one of the passengers, Major Mills, washed ashore in a raft at Natal, Brazil. Major Mills had died two days prior. Six dog tags were found with Major Mills body. The names where never released.
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On Jan 17 Flight C-87 No. 411708 departed from Accra, Africa 2338 GCT en route to Natal, Brazil. Accra reported the plane missing Jan 20, 1943 (other docs show the afternoon of 18th Jan when reported missing). A wide search for the plane was conducted and was abandoned Jan 29.

The flight had an Army Air Crop. Crew of six men, seven Army Personnel and 13 members of the RAF.

On Feb. 4 1943 a life raft was found at sea by the U.S. Destroyer Kearney about 60 miles due East of Recife, Brazil. The raft contained an unidentified man, who
was later identified via finger prints as LT. Col. Brunner. He was buried at sea from the destroyer.

An inventory of the articles found on the life raft included five life jackets, indicating that at least four other men were on the life raft. Other articles found indicate the presence of British and Canadian members of the RAF. No other American articles where found other than LTC. Brunner's.

On Feb. 5 1943 another life raft was found on the beach of Ponte Negra, Brazil. It contained the remains of Major Arthur Mills. Articles found on the raft:

Col. Douglas C. MacKeachie's $20.00 American Express Company Travel Cheque, bearing his signature.

1st Lt. John A. Byler
One Chronometer, one pipe, one pocket address book containing log, one wallet containing: W.E.A.G.O. ID card, one envelope of collector's stamps, $34.00 (U.S.) and 100 Francs (Algerian) and other smaller foreign banknotes, personal papers, and cards.

Cpl. Joseph P. Braniff
Social Security Tag…., Wallet containing: $1.00 (U.S.) and 5L sterling, personal papers, and cards.

Six life jackets were found in the raft indicating that there were originally six men in the raft. The insignia of the Rank of Colonel USA was found (made into the shape of a crude fish hook), and other articles which serve to identify two Royal Air Force Officers as occupants of the raft.

Assumptions made about the crash are:
The plane was forced down but did not explode or crash violently. There was little time for the passengers and crew to escape to the rafts, as the only articles saved were those normally carried in the pockets of clothing.

No other life rafts or bodies were recovered and is assumed that the remaining 15 men stayed with the downed Aircraft until it sunk.

CREW:
Captain
Orval Eknes
Pilot
Captain
Felton B. Lancaster
Co Pilot
Mexia, Texas
2nd/Lt.
Joseph F. Peoples
Navigator
Jersey City, N.J.
M/Sgt.
Alvin A. Young
Radio Op.
Bossier City, La.
M/Sgt.
Charles W. McKain
Crew Chief
Franklin Pa.
Sgt.
James N. Clauss
Crew Chief

PASSENGERS:

ATC PERSONNEL:
These men were returning from having delivered a B-17 to Africa from Miami. Major Mills was the pilot, 1st Lt. Minor was the co-pilot, 1st Lt. Byler was the navigator.

1st/Lt.
John A. Byler

1st/Lt.
Hugh P. Minor

Major
Arthur Mills

Corp.
Joseph P. Braniff

Corp.
Grover K. Trees Jr.


(Board at St. Erval, United Kingdom)
Lt/Col.
Russell Reed Brunner

Col.
Douglas C. MacKeachie


RAF FERRY CREW:

Fl. H.J. Martin
RO Sergeant H.V. Lamb (ferry command for 8 months)
Navigator H. Warman
Captain
Paul Bleecker Makepeace

RO C. Derry
Flt/Of.
Peter C. Zoephel
Navigator
Flt/Of.
Geoffrey A. Clegg

RO N. Durry
Pilot-Officer
W.T.B. Smithson
Navigator

(Source of this information from: Report dated 14 Feb 1943, Determination of Status of crew and passengers of missing airplane C-87 No. 411708 "RESTRICTED")
Army Service No.(ASN)-Officer: O-425519
Information provided by: Ron Minor

Captain Lancaster was the co-pilot of Flight 41-1708. The night of Jan 18th the C-87 crashed into the sea. Nothing was found in the following search.

On Feb 5th one of the passengers, Major Mills, washed ashore in a raft at Natal, Brazil. Major Mills had died two days prior. Six dog tags were found with Major Mills body. The names where never released.
_______________________________________________
On Jan 17 Flight C-87 No. 411708 departed from Accra, Africa 2338 GCT en route to Natal, Brazil. Accra reported the plane missing Jan 20, 1943 (other docs show the afternoon of 18th Jan when reported missing). A wide search for the plane was conducted and was abandoned Jan 29.

The flight had an Army Air Crop. Crew of six men, seven Army Personnel and 13 members of the RAF.

On Feb. 4 1943 a life raft was found at sea by the U.S. Destroyer Kearney about 60 miles due East of Recife, Brazil. The raft contained an unidentified man, who
was later identified via finger prints as LT. Col. Brunner. He was buried at sea from the destroyer.

An inventory of the articles found on the life raft included five life jackets, indicating that at least four other men were on the life raft. Other articles found indicate the presence of British and Canadian members of the RAF. No other American articles where found other than LTC. Brunner's.

On Feb. 5 1943 another life raft was found on the beach of Ponte Negra, Brazil. It contained the remains of Major Arthur Mills. Articles found on the raft:

Col. Douglas C. MacKeachie's $20.00 American Express Company Travel Cheque, bearing his signature.

1st Lt. John A. Byler
One Chronometer, one pipe, one pocket address book containing log, one wallet containing: W.E.A.G.O. ID card, one envelope of collector's stamps, $34.00 (U.S.) and 100 Francs (Algerian) and other smaller foreign banknotes, personal papers, and cards.

Cpl. Joseph P. Braniff
Social Security Tag…., Wallet containing: $1.00 (U.S.) and 5L sterling, personal papers, and cards.

Six life jackets were found in the raft indicating that there were originally six men in the raft. The insignia of the Rank of Colonel USA was found (made into the shape of a crude fish hook), and other articles which serve to identify two Royal Air Force Officers as occupants of the raft.

Assumptions made about the crash are:
The plane was forced down but did not explode or crash violently. There was little time for the passengers and crew to escape to the rafts, as the only articles saved were those normally carried in the pockets of clothing.

No other life rafts or bodies were recovered and is assumed that the remaining 15 men stayed with the downed Aircraft until it sunk.

CREW:
Captain
Orval Eknes
Pilot
Captain
Felton B. Lancaster
Co Pilot
Mexia, Texas
2nd/Lt.
Joseph F. Peoples
Navigator
Jersey City, N.J.
M/Sgt.
Alvin A. Young
Radio Op.
Bossier City, La.
M/Sgt.
Charles W. McKain
Crew Chief
Franklin Pa.
Sgt.
James N. Clauss
Crew Chief

PASSENGERS:

ATC PERSONNEL:
These men were returning from having delivered a B-17 to Africa from Miami. Major Mills was the pilot, 1st Lt. Minor was the co-pilot, 1st Lt. Byler was the navigator.

1st/Lt.
John A. Byler

1st/Lt.
Hugh P. Minor

Major
Arthur Mills

Corp.
Joseph P. Braniff

Corp.
Grover K. Trees Jr.


(Board at St. Erval, United Kingdom)
Lt/Col.
Russell Reed Brunner

Col.
Douglas C. MacKeachie


RAF FERRY CREW:

Fl. H.J. Martin
RO Sergeant H.V. Lamb (ferry command for 8 months)
Navigator H. Warman
Captain
Paul Bleecker Makepeace

RO C. Derry
Flt/Of.
Peter C. Zoephel
Navigator
Flt/Of.
Geoffrey A. Clegg

RO N. Durry
Pilot-Officer
W.T.B. Smithson
Navigator

(Source of this information from: Report dated 14 Feb 1943, Determination of Status of crew and passengers of missing airplane C-87 No. 411708 "RESTRICTED")
Army Service No.(ASN)-Officer: O-425519
Information provided by: Ron Minor


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HQ SQ 12 FERRY GP

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