12- Major Henry Newcomer joined from 391st Bomb Group to take command of squadron.
19- Lt. William Canfield's ship received a direct burst of flak over Nantes. Crew also included Col. J. G. Simpson (Group Air Exec.), Lts. Hugo Conforti and James Burns, Sgts. Hamilton Hofmeister, Jack Chidester, Wilburn Hampton, and Ralph Hehl. (Chidester and Hampton later returned as evadees. )
20- Capt. Downs and crew ''missing in action" for three days when they make emergency landing on French Coast due to shortage of gas.
25- "Idiot's Delight" completed 100th mission.
29- Lt. Col. John Samuel assumed command of Group.
30- Lt. Maurice Neher and crew ditch in the Channel. Sgt. Robert Davis failed to clear rapidly sinking ship. Others, escaping injury, were Lts. George Townsend and Wesley Myers and Sgts. Wade Ensminger and Norman Sanford.
12- Capt. Myron Sterngold and crew crash-landed in Normandy. No one injured.
10- Major George Simler phoned from London. He, Harold Mecke, Charles Blight, and Ed Moser returned after spending two months as evadees, with the aid of the French. Lt., Bob Schoonmaker, from Lt. Gallien's crew, also returned as an evadee.
29- Squadron moves to new base at Beauvais /Tille airdrome, in France. Trip made via air, ground, and water.
13- Lt. B. E. Adams' plane received direct hit and all aboard presumed lost. Other crew members were Lt. Wilfred Hollenbeck and Sgts. Lamar Bradford, Herbert Robertson, Samuel Hade, and Eugene Holden. Lt. Adams was the only survivor, becoming a prisoner of war.
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