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James L Pearson 

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10:24 AM
I am trying to find the bomb sq. and the date that Joseph R. Grillo, of the 323 BG, was lost near St. Vith or St. Vitz, Belgium - possibly late 1943?

Many thanks,
Bill Fraser
Bill, On December 24th 1944 B26 41-34955 YU-T received a direct flak hit between the engine and fuselage over the target, subsequently crashing killing all on board.

The crew that day were:
1.Lts John K Fox pilot; James L Pearson copilot; 2.Lt Joseph R Grillo bomb/nav; Sgt Ralph L Hackworth; S/Sgts Arthur H Vance; Russell F Liebensperger (Russell F Liebensperger is buried in Luxembourg American Cemetery, grave location D-1-22. He is listed as being in the 455th Bomb Squadron, 323rd Bomb Group)

Trevor Allen
Historian, b26.com
Trevor, thanks for the fast reply. Would you know the squadron, and airbase they flew from and if 955 YU-T had a name or nose art? Thanks again, Bill Fraser

Bill, 41-34955 YU-T "Mission Belle" name and nose art. Missing 26 Dec 1944.
Flew from
Earls Colne, England from 14 Jun 1943
Beaulieu, England from 21 Jul 1944
A-20 Lessay, France from 26 Aug 1944
A-40 Chartres, France from 21 Sep 1944
A-69 Laon/Athies, France from 13 Oct 1944








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