B-24M Liberator 44-50695 / IG-S of the 448th BG USAAF, crashed on Goodman’s Cairn near Stranraer on the 12th June 1945
|James G. Blank||Captain||Pilot||Killed|
|John K. Huber Jr||1st Lieutenant||Co-pilot||Killed|
|Bernard F. Pargh||1st Lieutenant||Navigator||Killed|
|Francis X. Pollio||1st Lieutenant||Bomb Aimer||Killed|
|Derward E. Merrow||Technical Sergeant||Engineer||Killed|
|Morris L. Kanerak||Technical Sergeant||Radio Operator||Killed|
|William T. Harriman||Staff Sergeant||Gunner||Killed|
|Christopher C. King||Staff Sergeant||Gunner||Killed|
|Louis F. Menrad||Staff Sergeant||Gunner||Killed|
|John A. Wildman||Staff Sergeant||Gunner||Killed|
|Heber H. Thompson||Lieutenant Colonel||Passenger||Killed|
|Harold L. Earmart||Captain||Passenger||Killed|
|Richard G. Pokorny||Technical Sergeant||Passenger||Survived|
|Sidney G. Arrons||Staff Sergeant||Passenger||Killed|
|Allan D. Good||Staff Sergeant||Passenger||Killed|
|John R. May||Staff Sergeant||Passenger||Survived|
|Aubrey W. Lindsey||Sergeant||Passenger||Killed|
|Kenneth R. Nelson||Sergeant||Passenger||Survived|
|Edmond C. Fortin||Corporal||Passenger||Killed|
|George T. Gafney Jr||Private First Class||Passenger||Killed|
The aircraft was one a large number of B-24s which were to be returned by air to the United States following the end of the war in Europe. On the 12th June it’s crew were tasked with flying from their home station of Seething in Norfolk to Prestwick on the Ayrshire coast prior to continuing onwards across the Atlantic, they also had 10 passengers. The crew had followed the west coast of England northward, after crossing the Solway made a series of turns to try and continue following the coastline. Shortly after this the aircraft struck Goodman’s Cairn and broke up across the entire width of the ridge. What is not clear from either the USAAF accident report or the photographs it contained is the direction of flight.
The wreck itself is reported to have lain undiscovered for some time, it was only after one of the survivors was found near the foot of the hill by a gamekeeper that the crash site was located.
The following day another of the aircraft which were returning to the USA, B-24 42-95095, was lost near Gairloch.
Seven of the crew & passengers are buried at Cambridge American Cemetery.
The remainder were returned to the USA.