Post an OSS USAF crew killed on a mountain in North Norway 9 April 1944

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7 April 1945

William H. Hudson - Pilot ASN 0829029 (KIA)

Leon G. Dibble - Copilot ASN 0467431 (KIA)

Arthur H. Barbknecht - Navigator ASN T-131697 (KIA)

Richard A. Bosch - Bombardier ASN 0783238 (KIA)

EMs: Gilbert L. Magruder - R.O. ASN 37615907 (KIA)

Angelo Santini - Engineer ASN 42003373 (KIA)

Fayette W. Shelledy - Gunner ASN 39144844 (KIA)

Jack H. Spyker - Gunner ASN 36453523 (KIA) OSS:

Robert N. Anderson ASN 32580618 (KIA)

Knut J. Falck ASN 32421335 (KIA)

Bernard N. Iverson ASN 36289300 (KIA)

The crew are pictured above in the USA just prior to overseas departure. Their time of arrival on-base is uncertain, but most probably early in 1945. They first appear in the Ops Log on the night of 20/21 Feb '45. Their 17th and final mission occurred on the night of 6/7 Apr '45 when they crashed in a mountain in Norway. All eight crewmen and four OSS agents were killed. Members of the OSS Mission RYPE were led to the crash site by Norwegians and gave the deceased a crude burial beneath stones on-site. William Colby identified the crew in a letter to OSS Hq in May of 1945. Names have NOT been matched to faces in the above picture. Dibble had arrived at Harrington with the 850th BS, in May '44 as the Assistant Operations Officer. He had flown overseas with the Melinat

The newsletter (PDF) has maps of where they were lost and buried
in The Tree House by Geoffrey Raebel G2G4 (4k points)

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I did a search on Fold3 with a couple of the names and came up with a Casualty Information Letter dated 23 May 1945 from the 856th Bombardment Squadron. It lists all of the crews names and states the plane had four additional passengers who were OSS members, no names provided. The next letter provides all of the OSS members names, the last name you don't have is 1st Lt Blaine E. Jones. They were flying a B-24 aircraft and the tail number was 42-40549. Not sure if this post was a request for information or just a sharing of information. If you need any further information let me know and I can download the information from Fold3 for you.
by Dean Anderson G2G6 Pilot (369k points)
Thanks Dean I receive a newsletter from a crew member of that squadron. I have no idea on how to enter US Servicemen into Wikitree and add/research sources.  Willing to send you the newsletter if you want to work from it.  It includes a map of the crash and initial burial site.

What caught my eye was that they were trying to stop Germans getting back to reinforce after D-Day

Geoff  scoutair@gmail.com

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