Newsletter Issue: Winter - Spring '05
Request for Information-
We are all aware, that as surviving Vets of WWII take off into the Blue
Skies, a major resource of information about WWII is lost.
Realizing it, researchers and others are scrambling and seeking
information from possible
sources. As you know, the 412th
has been approached several times for information.
Requests have been forwarded and many of you have helped when
following is a recent request for information forwarded to us by Bruce Lowell.
His uncle, Maj. Fitzgerald, was 412th Operations Officer. Bruce has a 373rd FG
website (http://9thaf.kus-numa.net) and has contributed info, etc for our 412th internet site.
I take the liberty to write to you on behalf Mr. Jacques Brehin, MBE,
MSM, President of the Association pour le Souvenir des Ailes de la Victoire en
Normandie of which I am the secretary and webmaster (see www.asavn.fr.st).
we have very little info about this plane and all our efforts to identify this
aircraft stay vain.
Caen 7F/1 864- 614 lieu-dit Tesnieres.
The pilot seems to have been burnt
to ashes as we found a locked parachute
buckle and carbonized bones. I
attach a list of numbers found on several
pieces (we send it to the US embassy in Paris but no news since then). The engine was at a depth
of 5m, no Machine guns found.
Curtiss propeller is first type. The upper
part of the tail is grey paint.
found a brass lighter of brand "Leseigneur"
(french origin, indicating the
plane started from France, i.e. after about 15 june 1944?). The serial number
of the Bendix Radio (rack FT-244-A) is #8362.
The Germans troops in the vicinity were 2nd SS, 9th SS & 10th SS.
witnesses...that's all we know.
would be most grateful if you could help
us in identifying this aircraft and its pilot thanks to your files and links
with the associations of veterans of the other FG involved in the battle of
our opinion this pilot must have been classified as missing in action.
It would be
a chance that he belonged to the 373th FG.
thank you by advance and look forward
to reading you.
Ritz, Sr. has been in and out of the Hospital with his heart problem.
He's 'one-of-a-kind' with all his energy and enthusiasm. We wish
him the best.
all that are in some sort of distress, we pray for your healing, and comfort.