22 February 1945 — Bolzano, Italy
The 459th Bomb Group, 759th Bomb Squadron of the Fifteenth Air Force was based at Guilia Airfield, Cerignola, Italy which was located south of Foggia. The bomb group had moved to San Bancrazio from northern Africa in November 1943.
On 22 February 1945, 1st Lt. Hubert N. Yeaden was the pilot of a B-24L Liberator with serial number 44-49638 and the distinctive black and yellow checkered tail. Yeaden and his crew of nine took off for a strategic bombing mission to the Worgel railroad yards in Germany. At about 1153 hours and at an altitude of 15,000, the aircraft was hit by flak over the snow covered Alps. Even though the plane was on fire, all 10 crew members bailed out successfully. Nose gunner Sgt. Linus J. Nagl was hit by flak in the stomach, bailed out and never heard from again. He was presumed dead. Pilot Yeaden was sent to a hospital for his wounds. All other crew members were captured and sent to Dulag Luft-Oberursel. The plane crashed near Bolzano, Italy and when the crew did not return to base, Missing Air Crew Report 12368 was filed.