Koonce's Crew


The Koonce crew and COL Overing (standing far right) pose next to "Silver Dollar" (3R:621:E) after the group's first combat mission. MAJ Huglin from 3rd AD HQ flew as lead, and Overing flew as deputy lead.

LT Koonce was piloting #617 with COL Overing in the right seat. Loaded with practice bombs and a crew of 12, LT Koonce began his take off roll on runway 07. They were the lead aircraft on a practice bombing mission and were first down the runway. 35 other B24s waited their turn. About 3/4 of the way down the runway #617 encountered an slight rise in the runway, and the left landing gear collapsed. The aircraft had insufficient speed to get airborne and settle down on the runway, the ground looped and came to a stop off the runway. The aircraft was very badly damaged. A small fire broke out, but was quickly extinguished. There was only one major injury among the crew. (NARA via Roland Andrews)


CREW INFO
Name Rank Position First Mission Last Mission Status
Koonce, Howard L. LT Pilot 05/09/44   Completed tour
Carter, Lloyd R. LT Copilot 05/09/44    
Heyer, Harold K. LT Navigator 05/09/44    
Rand, Theodore LT Navigator 05/09/44    
Rush, W. W. LT Pin Pt Navigator 05/09/44    
Root, Cornell A. LT Bombardier 05/09/44    
Joslyn, M. E. LT Bombardier 05/09/44    
Carr, Gerald H. SGT Flight Engineer 05/09/44    
Arsenault, Arthur D. SGT Radio Operator 05/09/44    
Lazarcheff, Melvin G. SGT Tail 05/09/44    
Wilson, Forrest H.   Gunner 05/09/44    
Butler, C. E. SGT Ball 05/09/44    
Wiley, Clarence E. SGT Waist 05/09/44    
Wilson, Merle E.   Crew Chief      
 
MISSION INFO
MISSION DATE NAME ID S/N TYPE
001 05/07/44 Silver Dollar TK 42-52621 B24H
003 05/09/44 Silver Dollar TK 42-52621 B24H
004 05/11/44 Silver Dollar TE 42-52621 B24H
005 05/20/44 Silver Dollar TE 42-52621 B24H
007 05/24/44 Silver Dollar TE 42-52621 B24H
013 05/31/44 Silver Dollar TE 42-52621 B24H
018 06/07/44 Silver Dollar TK 42-52621 B24H
021 06/12/44 Silver Dollar TK 42-52621 B24H
023 06/15/44 Silver Dollar TE 42-52621 B24H
029 06/24/44 Mike-Spirit of LSU TM 42-52731 B24H
033 06/28/44   PA 42-52639 B24H
048 07/20/44 Cancer NS 42-52650 B24H
050 08/01/44   TE 43-37939 B17G
052 08/03/44 Pursuit of Happiness TH 43-37931 B17G
057 08/08/44 Low Pressure LuLu NA 43-37646 B17G
063 08/16/44   NS 43-37800 B17G
068 08/27/44   TE 43-37939 B17G
075 (abort) 09/11/44   TE 43-37939 B17G
079 09/19/44   TE 43-37939 B17G
081 09/25/44   TE 43-37939 B17G
087 10/05/44   TE 43-37939 B17G
088 10/06/44   TE 43-37939 B17G
090 10/09/44   TT 43-37820 B17G
093 10/17/44   NS 43-37800 B17G
094 10/18/45   TE 43-37939 B17G
096 10/22/44   TE 43-37939 B17G
097 10/25/44   TE 43-37939 B17G
098 10/26/44   TE 43-37939 B17G
100 11/02/44   TE 43-37939 B17G
102 11/05/44   TL 43-38040 B17G
104 11/09/44   TE 43-37939 B17G
Completed 30 Missions

 
Created 09/10/99 Modified 12/23/16

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