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Crew PILOT: Francis C.  KINCANNON

Francis C. Kincannon Crew (left to right)
Kneeling: R. Nance, B. Farnum, F. Kincannon, L. Abromowitz
Standing: R. Chavez, O. Edge, G. Snider, D. Deason, C. Garrette, B. Tarnecki
Photo courtesy of Thorpe Abbotts Tower Museum Archives - January, 2006

MACR: 07414 CR: 07414

Crew Members:

Crew 1

NBR Person Position Status
1 LT Francis C. KINCANNON P POW
2 LT Bernard L. FARNUM CP POW
3 LT Louis H. ABROMOWITZ NAV EVA
4 CAPT Robert E. NANCE BOM EVA
5 T/SGT Daniel B. DEASON TTE POW
6 SGT Oscar L. EDGE ROG POW
7 S/SGT Bernard M. TARNECKI BTG NOC
8 S/SGT C.E. GARRETTE WG NOC
9 S/SGT Thomas J. HOAGG WG CPT
10 S/SGT Robert D. CHAVEZ TG POW

Crew 2

NBR Person Position Status
1 LT Francis C. KINCANNON P POW
2 LT COL Magee C. FULLER P/COM POW
3 LT George E. BONITZ NAV EVA
4 CAPT Henry C. GRIFFIS NAV EVA
5 S/SGT Daniel M. CARGILE TG EVA

PHOTOS:

 L to R: Oscar L. Edge (ROG), Daniel B. Deason (TTE) and Bernard L. Farnum (CP) of the Francis C. Kincannon crew. These three were photographed hiding in a chicken coop after bailing out of their stricken aircraft on the 20 Jul 44 Merseberg mission. All three later became POWs. Kincannon crew information Photo courtesy of Oscar je Rooij 

Delivered Denver 22/12/43; 1SAG Langley 17/1/44; Assigned 413BS/96BG [MZ-J] Snetterton (H2X) 4/2/44; transferred 418BS/100BG [LD- ] Thorpe Abbotts 2/44; 5 missions. Missing in Action Merseburg 20 July 1944 as PATHFINDER ship, with Pilot Captain Francis C. Kincannon, Co-pilot: Bernard L. Farnum, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Daniel B. Deason, Radio Operator: Oscar L. Edge, Right Waist gunner: Glen E. Snider, Tail gunner: Robert D. Chavez, Major Magee C. Fuller mission Command pilot (7 Prisoner of War); Navigator: Louis H. Abramowitz (changed his name to Abbott after the war), Navigator: George E. Bonitz, Bombardier: Captain Robert E. Nance, Left Waist gunner: Daniel M. Cargile, Captain Henry C. Griffis radar navigator (5 evaded capture and got back to base after help from Dutch and Belgian citizens and members of the Résistance). Flak shell hit wing, did not explode, but pierced gas tanks; ship fell out of formation and hit by fighters. Plane force-landed just South of Chaam, SE of Breda, Holland. Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 7414. On Detached Service from 95thBG, may have carried the name "Belle of Berlin" ?