43 Haute Loire City : Riotord
Coordinates : 45°13'23"N 4°27'20"E
45°13.391 N 4°27.328 E
NW on the N88 take the D10 all the way south to Marlhes then the D74 south SE. The monument is on the western side of the road past the Ladroit turn-off.
49th Bomber Wing
451st Bomb Group
To the glory of the crew of the B-24 H Liberator "Patsy Jack" N42-64445. They were hit by flak on a bombing mission over the Pontet oil refinery on August 2nd 1944 and retreated to the Haute Loire region. The crew bailed out of the burning aircraft while pilot Lt George Cappleman stayed on board to rig the controls so the plane wouldn't crash into one of the many villages in their path.
2nd Lt George S. Cappleman - Pilot
2nd Lt Paulsell Warren B. - Copilot
1st Lt Gillies Robert W. Navigator - Bombardier
Sgt Lewis James H. Mechanic - Top turret gunner
Sgt Meunier Wiston K. - Forward top gunner
Sgt Zukosky Theodore - Radio operator - Left waist gunner
Sgt Dow Thomas K. - Nose gunner
Sgt Lizotte George H. - Right waist gunner
Sgt Mehl Harold R. - Tail gunner
Died for the United States of America, Died for France
Sgt Dandrew Winston F. - Photographer - Gunner
We will never forget them - Semper Fidelis - We will remember them
Gratitude from the towns of Riotord and Dunieres August 6th 1995.
451st Bombardment Group (H) WWII, LTD
Sgt. Winston Fleming Dandrew Square
B-24-H Liberator "Patsy Jack"
10/08/1918 - 02/08/1944
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Notified by : Claude Dannau.
Photos : Claude Dannau.
Record added 21/12/2008
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