1943 — Mediterranean
KILLED IN ACTION On 31 March 1943~448th Bombardment Squadron War Diary:
On March 31, 1943, on a low element sea sweep over the Mediterranean Sea, Off of Northeastern Tunisia, the first battle casualties of the squadron occurred. 2 Crews, (13 Men), and 2 Planes were Lost, 1st Lt. Hess, McKinney; 2nd Lts: Campbell, Welton; S/Sgts: Cookman, Hines, Kirol, McGinnis, McMurray, Ratajczyk, Rodgers, Headings and Lottes were shot down into the Mediterranean Sea by enemy fighters. The mission however did succeed in sinking two enemy ships.
At 12:45 15 planes off to bomb on sea sweep, over the Mediterranean Sea. 14 (planes) dropped 84 x 500 bombs. 12 planes back at 17:05. One landed at Bone. Met convoy, lower element (48) claims M/V (Military Vessel) broken in two, one M/V (Military Vessel) left sinking, one left burning. 4 E/A (Enemy Aircraft) destroyed. About 50 E/A (Enemy Aircraft) attacked 2 B-25’s (Lts: Hess and McKinney) shot down. Intense, heavy accurate flak, balloon barrage. Bombing was at 100-200 feet. Weather: Clear.
Own Aircraft Losses: Two. B-25C 41-13209 and B-25C 41-13205. One by flak and 1455 hours - 37°35’N, 10°47’E; the other by fighters at 1512 hours - 37°48’N, 10°27E
A/C No. 41-13205 (MACR-14578 - “Lost at Sea
Aircraft was lost to enemy aircraft and anti-aircraft”)
P->McKinney, Charles A., 1Lt - KIA
CP->Campbell, John F., 2Lt - KIA
B->Kirol, Edward A., S/Sgt - KIA
E->Ratajczyk, Thomas S., S/Sgt - KIA
R->Headings, Boyd V., S/Sgt - KIA
G->McGinnis, Lofton F., S/Sgt - KIA
F->Lottes, Richard O., S/Sgt (ASV) - KIA