The aircraft , named "Heavenly Body", was on a night cross-country exercise. Whilst turning, just North of Nailstone, near Ibstock, the aircraft's nose dropped, and the port wing struck the ground. The machine was completely destroyed by fire and explosion. Sadly, all on board were killed.
The crew were:
0-810215 1/Lt. MICHAEL H PRIMUS Pilot
0-818123 1/Lt. LOUIS H DEPUTY Co-Pilot
0-703253 2/Lt. RICHARD J HERMANN Navigator
0-694969 2/Lt. ROBERT C SIMMONS Bombardier
17092155 T/Sgt. ROY E GRISWOLD Engineer
37416085 T/Sgt. CLAUDE E KEELE Radio Operator
33504840 S/Sgt. HARRY STOEVER Ball Turret Gunner
19200834 S/Sgt. LAWRANCE J RICHTER Left Waist Gunner
16117605 S/Sgt. AMERICO VIRGILI Tail Gunner
33362517 S/Sgt. RALPH W FRANKE Passenger
11031790 S/Sgt. JOHN C BARRY Passenger
13011085 S/Sgt. EDWARD SHIVELY Jr. Passenger
Memorial Stone and crash site (bare area).
The Memorial has since been resited to a small park near the church.
Michael H Primus and his crew. The aircraft behind them is a B-24J Liberator.
BACK ROW, L to R:
Lawrence J Richter, Michael H Primus, William A King (not involved in crash), Richard J Herman, Alvin S Tilley
(not involved in crash), Harry Stoever (Ball Turret Gunner).
FRONT ROW L to R:
Henry S Thrasher (not involved in crash), Ray E Griswold , Claude E Keeler, Americo Virgilli.
(Image via Eric Swain)
S/Sgt. Harry Stoever, Ball-Turret Gunner.
(Eva Richards via Eric Swain)