447th Bomb Group Association
Another of the Harvard planes, ferried to Rattlesden in late November 1943. On board were:
Major Frank M. Newman Sq Commander 2nd Lt Charles S. Hopla Pilot 1st Lt Richard W. Fiero Navigator 1st Lt Charles S. Logan Jr. Bombardier 2nd Lt Frederick A. Mason Engineering O. 2nd Lt Lester R. Hofwolt Bombsight O. T/Sgt Edward V. Reed Sq Inspector T/Sgt Ignacio W. Garcia Sq Comm Chief Sgt Ralph N. Allen Armament Chief Sgt Edward (NMI) Stein Gp Opns Clerk
|Source: Sp. Order No. 272, Kearny, courtesy of Mr. Joseph Genter|
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Ground Pounder flew with the 708th Squadron from the beginning of operations in December 1943. She was badly damaged on the April 29 1944 raid to Berlin, but returned to base and was repaired (Operational Charts in the Pictorial History show the aircraft lost on that date). She continued to fly until October 2, 1944 when Lt. Zalewski made a forced landing on the continent, behind Allied lines near Brussels. The entire Zalewski crew returned to Rattlesden a few days later.
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3. A/C #095, pilot Lt. Zalewski, suffered the loss of one
engine and damage to a second engine over the target due to flak.
He trailed the formation to the French Border where he lost another
engine. The last message received was that operating on one engine
and running out of fuel, he had successfully bailed out his crew
19 miles SE of Brussels and was preparing to bail out himself.
4. This one aircraft, #095 was lost due to enemy action
Ground Pounder was salvaged for parts, where she landed, during April, 1945