22 February 1945 — Rainhausen, Germany
The 391st Bomb Group, 575th Bomb Squadron of the Ninth Air Force was based at Station A-73 Roye/Amy, France. Roye/Amy Airdrome was located about 100 kilometers northeast of Paris, France. Capt. Burton C. Hanish was the pilot of the lead plane on 24 February 1945 on a mission to Irlich, Germany. Hanish and crew were flying in the B-26C-45 Marauder 42-107576 when at about 17:39 hours they took a direct hit over the target. An eyewitness account of the incident is contained in the Missing Air Crew Report 12611.
I was flying as radio gunner in the No. 3 position, on 24 February 1945. I was watching aircraft No. 42-107576, Capt. Hanish’s plane. I saw a burst of flak hit the left engine, and it caught on fire. The plane veered to the right and went down in a spiral dive. I saw the left wing break off and watched the aircraft until it crashed to the ground. I saw one chute leave the plane.
Robert E. Ratliff, 1712789
All in the crew were killed except Staff Sgt. Rivoli. He was the lone parachutist and according to a relative, Rivoli was sent to a hospital near Dulag Luft 12, Oberusal, Germany for treatment. The aircraft crashed near Rainhausen, Germany.