The Heitz Crew

700th (lead) squadron

445th bomb group


plane

B-24H  #42-95210  Call Letter U̅+ (Uncle)


formation

Slot Element


outcome

Crash-landed at Brussels, Belgium 


crew

RANK    NAME                         POSITION                            OUTCOME

1st Lt.      Heitz, Raymond V            Pilot                                           Returned to Duty

2nd Lt.    Vedera, Harold T             Copilot                                      Returned to Duty

2nd Lt.    Leary, John F                   Navigator                                  Returned to Duty

2nd Lt.    Drake, Edward J              Bombardier                              Returned to Duty

T/Sgt.      Mack, Fabian S                Radio Operator                        Returned to Duty

S/Sgt.      Ochevsky, Louis NMN    Waist Gunner                            KIA

S/Sgt.      Palm, Elroy W                  Waist Gunner                            Returned to Duty

T/Sgt.      Harrison, Homer P          Engineer/Top Turret Gunner   Returned to Duty

S/Sgt.      Watson, Maynard B        Tail Gunner                                Returned to Duty


accounts and gallery

Three gunners from the Heitz Crew received the Silver Star for their actions on the Kassel Mission--S/Sgt. Watson, S/Sgt. Palm and (posthumously) S/Sgt. Ochevsky. Source of the article below is unknown. We apologize.

The 445th, including the Heitz Crew, shovels snow off the tarmac in December, 1944. Harrison front center right.

The 445th, including the Heitz Crew, shovels snow off the tarmac in December, 1944. Harrison front center right.