Captain Harper and his crew were flying in the lead position of the second box of the formation bombing Neuweid, Germany when their B26 received a direct hit from anti aircraft fire, burst into flames and crashed. No parachutes were observed by other crews, but Sgt Howard Mote was later reported as a POW, the rest of the crew were killed.
- Captain Lawrence P. Harper – Zachary Taylor National Cemetery
1/Lt William Andrews – Zachary Taylor National Cemetery
1/Lt Paul Stephens – Arlington National Cemetery
1/Lt James Harrison – American Cemetery in the Netherlands
2/Lt Kenneth Wolf – Zachary Taylor National Cemetery
T/Sgt James Kelly,Jr. – Zachary Taylor National Cemetery
S/Sgt Stuart Ottenheimer (second from right above – born August 7, 1922) – Zachary Taylor National Cemetery (Section E Plot 169-170)
Sgt Ralph Pagano – Zachary Taylor National Cemetery
Some interesting B-26 footage can be seen in this collection of propaganda films called Martin Marauder in Action
The B-26 had a very high rate of accidents in takeoff and landing until crews were trained better and (perhaps more importantly) an aspect ratio design was modified on its wings/rudder.
The following United States War Office Official Training Film 1-3301 How to Fly the B-26 Airplane was for pilots who had to fly what unofficially became known as the “Widowmaker”. Note that the lead character says
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