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Death of Euel T. Drake
23 March 1944 | Rengershausen, Germany
Euel T. Drake (*1922, Lacon/ Alabama) was a member of the 452nd Bomb group (squadron 730) during world war II. On March 22 1944 they got the order to attack an allied oil raffinery in Brunswick, Germany. Their plane "Duchess of Fubar" took of in Norwich/ England. 3o minutes west of Brunswick their were attacked by 20 Focke-Wulf FW 190 and 3 Messerschmitt Bf 109. The plane were hit severley around 11:30 am. Drake, gunner in the ball turret was hit by a 20mm and injured heavily. According to his crew members the gunfire obviously jammed the turret so that the door was blocked. When the attack was over the crew got no answer from Sgt. Drake. The plane sunk rapidly to the ground and 8 of the 10 crew members bailed out of the plane. Drake was left in the turret, another injured soldier (Sgt. Morris F. Weltzien) bailed out injured but died. He was found without having opened his parachute. The 8 survivors got arrested by the german army; Euel T. Drake was buried on March 23 1944 on the municipal cemetery of Rengershausen.
Source: accident report# 3551, April 24 1944, Headquarters Army Air Force Washington
PS: I was born in Rengershausen and I own a copy of the stated report. Descendants and relatives of Euel T. Drake or Morris F. Weltzien can contact firstname.lastname@example.org