source: 392nd Bomb Group web page http://www.b24.net/missions/
44th BG Crash Report - B-24H, #41-29418, 68 BS
There was heavy rime ice in the middle clouds, with visiblility of 4 miles according to the accident report. Steve Adams writes in his Flying Eight Balls History Book that the group of planes encountered bad icing conditions during assembly north of Norwich, England. The aircraft was climbing about 155 to 160 M.P.H. through overcast skies. Suddenly the plane shuddered and bore sharply right and then back before canting over into a spin. Unrecoverable, the planes tail and right wing finally twisted off. The pilot and co-pilot were tossed into the cockpit roof and then thrown out of the plane when it disintegrated in flight. Both were injured. None of the other 8 men would survive.
2nd Lt. Forrest Havens, pilot (injured);
2nd Lt. Leon Del Grande, co-pilot (injured);
2nd Lt. James L. Zajicek, navigator (KIA);
2nd Lt. Edward A. Cole, bombardier (KIA);
Sgt. Leonard P. Lambert, Jr., engineer (KIA);
S/Sgt. George R. Houchins, Jr., radio operator (KIA);
S/Sgt. Roger W. Edmonson, asst. engineer (KIA);
Sgt. Hal N. Wood, ball turret, (KIA);
Sgt. Russell G. Taylor, tail turret, (KIA);
Sgt. Hartwell J. Higgins, asst. radio operator/waist gunner (KIA).
The main body of the airplane wreckage still lies in a lake at Taverham Mills outside of Norwich. A memorial stone was placed there in 2001.
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