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B-24 42-7119 Crash Scene near Weed, CA. | by John Funk from Golden Colorado
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B-24 42-7119 Crash Scene near Weed, CA.

B-24 42-7119 Crash Scene near Weed, CA.



From a personal interview with Jana Churchwell on Sept. 10 2011 and

details from Find a Grave Memorial web site


CoPilot George F. Churchwell, Jr was the last one in control of B-24E #42-7119 on a nighttime training mission when it crashed over Weed, CA, due to mechanical failure, being careful to try to ensure others had time to bail out. He did not survive the crash.


The crew members were:


2nd LT Alfred J Demeusy, ASN O-794542, Pilot, from Oakdale NY, Bailed Out


FO George F Churchwell, Jr, ASN T-60915, CoPilot, from Leakesville MS, DNB


1st LT Douglas J Thornburg, ASN O-439091, Instructor Pilot, from Casa Grande AZ, Bailed Out


2nd LT George H Clarke, ASN O-798071, Navigator, from Cooperstown NY, DNB


2nd LT Charles L Wiest, ASN O-736742, Bombardier, from Baltimore MD, Bailed Out


SSGT Willet F Draker, ASN 35329411, Engineer, from Ft Wayne IN, DNB


SSGT William W Powell, Jr, ASN 18117310, Engineer, from Houston TX, DNB


SSGT Alvin Dschaak, ASN 39610191, Radio Operator, from Beulah ND, Bailed Out


SSGT Alonzia E Johnston, Jr, ASN 15323452, Gunner, from Canton OH, DNB


SSGT John F Kennedy, ASN 15333120, Gunner, from Peru IN, DNB



The crash site was more recently visited and documented by aviation archaeologist and wreckfinder G Pat Macha


The notes at the bottom of the picture says 9 June 43. The plane took off in the late evening of the 9th, and crashed at around 230am on the morning of the 10th. Thus the DOD for all of the six who died in the crash is 10 June.

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