Lane, Clair H..................KIA HuntingdonCounty, PA
Aircraft: Boeing B-17G-30-BO Fortress B-17G 42-31789 2BG 20BS(No known nose art name) 42-31789 (2nd BG, 20th BS) shot down over Austria Jul 21, 1944.Crashed into mountain NE of Salzburg, Austria. MACR 6685
2BG Mission # 237
MEDITERRANEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (MTO) STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Fifteenth Air Force): 362 B-17s and B-24s hit targets in Czechoslovakia; B-17s and B-24s bomb the Brux synthetic oil refinery; B-24s also hit the marshalling yard at Mestre; 100+ other bombers are forced to abort due to bad weather; P-38s and P-51s provide escort.
Base: Amendola, Italy
P: 2LT John R. Mackenzie (KIA) CP:(KIA) N: 2Lt Loren C. Rice (POW) B: 2LT Wylie T. Hartsfield (POW) LWG: Sgt. Billy B. Owen (POW) ROG: SSGT George Suratt (POW) UTG: SSGT Reece (NMI) Stephenson (POW) RWG: BTG: TG: Sgt. Claire H. Lane (KIA)
"…received a direct hit in the tail.Tail wheel shot off.Also hit in right wing, appeared ready to fall off."
Rice, Loren C---age 82--current phone listing
Stephenson, Reece---age 80--current phone listing
WYLIE T HARTSFIELD Born 9 Mar 1917 Died 14 Nov 1998
GEORGE SURATT Born 25 Aug 1924 Died 3 Sep 1999 Suratt, George H, b. 08/25/1924, d. 09/03/1999, US Army Air Corps, TSGT, Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery: Plot: D 0 A19, bur. 10/01/1999 (ashes) George H. Suratt, 75, of Haleiwa and formerly of Memphis, Tenn., a boat builder from Haleiwa, died Friday in Center for Aging. He was born in Memphis, Tenn. He also served in the U.S. Air Force and was a prisoner of war. He was honorably discharged and moved to Hawaii.