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|Pilot Captain Alden W. Thompson, Jr., O-727804 (KIA, BR) WV
Co-Pilot 2nd Lt George W. Cagle, Jr., O-734189 (KIA, BR) Bartlett, TX
Navigator Captain Walter E. Bader, O-792426 (KIA, BR) MD
Radio-Gunner TSgt Walter A. Malone, 6577782 (KIA, BR) MT
Gunner SSgt Norman J. Zinda, 16023751 (KIA, BR) WI
Crashed September 9, 1943 at 01:45pm
Over the target, the formation split up into three plane flights and began searching for targets. Spotting supplies in a small village, this B-25 made a shallow dive to strafe the area but misjudged their altitude. While attempting to pull up, the bomber clipped the top of some palm trees, damaging the tail and causing the plane to barrel roll over and crashed into the ground, exploding on impact and killing the entire crew instantly.
As smoke rose from the burning crash site, other B-25s in the formation mistakenly strafed the area, believing the smoke was from an enemy dump that had been set on fire.
Recovery of Remains
Cagle also has a memorial marker at Bartlett City Cemetery in Bartlett, TX at section 3, row 10.
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