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2LT Gene W. Sloan

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2LT Gene W. Sloan

Birth
Death
7 Apr 1944 (aged 21–22)
At Sea
Burial
Winfield, Cowley County, Kansas, USA Add to Map
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2Lt. Sloan, Co-Pilot, 804 Bomb Squadron, 471 Bomb Group, training aboard B-24H Liberator #42-7525 on a two-ship flight from Westover Field, Massachusetts, the crew departed at 1440 EWT.

The aircraft was on a high altitude mission which was to take them to Montauk Gunnery Range area.

At 1645 the airplane reported to it's sister ship that it was suffering engine trouble and was breaking off. His airplane was last seen about 70 miles south of Montauk Point, Long Island, heading north.

After all contact with the subject aircraft was lost, a search was undertaken. Despite an extensive search by aircraft and ships, no trace of the missing B-24 and it's eleven-man crew was ever found.

The B-24 was believed to have crashed into the Atlantic Ocean due to an in-flight explosion or failure of a wing due to on-board fires.

The lost aircrew were:

2Lt. Kenneth E. Wigness, Pilot
2Lt. Gene W Sloan, Co-pilot
2Lt. Martin J Kew, Instructor/Navigator
2Lt. Rufus Ronald Nelson, Navigator
2Lt. Frederick G Rhodes, Bombardier
Staff Sgt. Edward J Clancy, Radio operator
Staff Sgt. Joseph Albert Jachim, Gunner
Staff Sgt. Robert G McLaughlin, Engineer
Sgt. Joseph L Hartzel, Radio operator
Sgt. Chester Webb, Radio operator
Sgt. George W Wilson, Jr, Gunner
2Lt. Sloan, Co-Pilot, 804 Bomb Squadron, 471 Bomb Group, training aboard B-24H Liberator #42-7525 on a two-ship flight from Westover Field, Massachusetts, the crew departed at 1440 EWT.

The aircraft was on a high altitude mission which was to take them to Montauk Gunnery Range area.

At 1645 the airplane reported to it's sister ship that it was suffering engine trouble and was breaking off. His airplane was last seen about 70 miles south of Montauk Point, Long Island, heading north.

After all contact with the subject aircraft was lost, a search was undertaken. Despite an extensive search by aircraft and ships, no trace of the missing B-24 and it's eleven-man crew was ever found.

The B-24 was believed to have crashed into the Atlantic Ocean due to an in-flight explosion or failure of a wing due to on-board fires.

The lost aircrew were:

2Lt. Kenneth E. Wigness, Pilot
2Lt. Gene W Sloan, Co-pilot
2Lt. Martin J Kew, Instructor/Navigator
2Lt. Rufus Ronald Nelson, Navigator
2Lt. Frederick G Rhodes, Bombardier
Staff Sgt. Edward J Clancy, Radio operator
Staff Sgt. Joseph Albert Jachim, Gunner
Staff Sgt. Robert G McLaughlin, Engineer
Sgt. Joseph L Hartzel, Radio operator
Sgt. Chester Webb, Radio operator
Sgt. George W Wilson, Jr, Gunner


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