Here are some collected details regarding your uncle and his last flight, his aircraft, where they had been and the circumstances of his death.When I read your initial post and then saw he was buried in England, I immediately thought that he must have died of battle wounds or as the result of a crash in England, as most burials in Cambridge are of AAF personnel who died in England rather than on the Continent.
Hope this is of some assistance.
Dave Berry Dayton, OH
467th Bomb Group Mission Number - 74 Date - 7/11/44 Day - Tuesday Primary Target - Munich, Germany Type of Target - Airfield of Munich Aircraft Assigned - 24 Aircraft Dispersed - 23 Aircraft Over Target - 22 Anti Aircraft was - Intense Aircraft Lost - 2
Men Killed - 2 Men Wounded - 8 Men Missing in Action - 10
John Mikulin Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces 35050245 790th Bomber Squadron, 467th Bomber Group, Heavy Entered the Service from: Ohio(Portage County) Died: July 11, 1944 Buried at: Plot C Row 1 Grave 30 Cambridge American Cemetery Cambridge, England Awards: Air Medal, Purple Heart
B-24H 41-28695 “RUTH MARIE” 790th Sqdn SSgt Arthur D. Price, Engineer Sgt John Mikulin, Gunner
B-24H 41-28695 RUTH MARIE 790th Lt. Edward Lackens (Unit Roster shows name as Edwin B. Lackens--deceased) aircraft crashed at Hardwick airfield after running short of fuel and suffering battle damage. Struck chemical/supply building narrowly missing the control tower. Eight men were wounded.
Aircraft ran out of fuel while on final approach at Hardwick; plane was drifting - 2 engines out - heading right for control tower so pilot lifted wing to bank away - cartwheeled when dropped wingtip hit ground. 8 lived -pilot recovered and returned to finish his missions with 467th.
Berry note--A copy of the report of this "accident" is available.There is not a MACR as this plane was not missing.Notations of casualties will be in the Accident Report.