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2004/10/24 11:26:43 (permalink)

Lt. Curtis Eatman Crew

I am researching my Dad's WWII history (Sgt. Joe R. Dearman). He was a nose gunner assigned to Lt. Curtis Eatman Crew #142, Bomb Group 465 Heavy, Bomb Squad 782. His crew bailed out over Yugoslavia 18 December 1944 on return from bomb target Blechhammer, Germany. The crew was MIA for 10 days and walked out with help from the Partisians. I reasearched the MACR data base and matched the date, Bomb Group, Bomb Squad to MACR # 10637. I recently received the MACR #10637. To my disappointment, it is for the Lt. Donald Edwin Clodfelter crew assigned to 465th / 781. I am puzzled now as where to go from here for the correct MACR.

You guys do an excellent job and I am requesting your help with the correct MACR. My Dad died in 1964 when I was a small boy and I have spent years researching his military footsteps. Any additional information, pics, planes, etc. on Bomb Group 465 / Bomb Squad 782, Crew 142 would be appreciated.

Thank you
Bill Dearman
Aiken, South Carolina

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    RE: Lt. Curtis Eatman Crew 2004/10/24 13:58:55 (permalink)
    There is a possiblility that the date is incorrect.....I went back to 12/17/1944 and there is a 465 B-24 lost that day....42-52494 MACR 10804. There was no loss on the 19th or 20th.

    Please contact Lynne Gama at and tell her you tried to find the correct MACR for the date that was given and ask her to see if the 12/17/1944 loss MACR 10604 has your father's name listed. She will locate the MACR and get back to you.

    If your father's name is on the MACR 10604, she will send you a copy at no cost. Please allow her time to look up the information, as I understand there is a backlog.

    Jim :-)

    James S. Peters Sr. T/Sgt B-17 Flt Engr, 27 missions 99 BG, 348BS, 5th Wing, 15th AAF Tortorella, (Foggia#2), Italy My Tour was from 12/03/44-06/19/45 M/Sgt USAF (Retired)
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    RE: Lt. Curtis Eatman Crew 2004/10/24 16:15:05 (permalink)
    Thank you for your quick responses. I am quite certain of the information in my first post. The Curtis Eatman crew was flying "White L" on 18 December 1944. The MACR # 10637 is for the crew of "Yellow E".

    The Curtis Eatman crew in "White L" flew into flak over the target (Blechhammer, Germany) and lost engine #2 on the rally off the target. They were able to maintain formation until they reached the Yugo border when they lost engine #4 and began to slowing lose altitude. They were still over enemy territory. When the remaining engines began to peter out and altitude loss was at 700 ft. per minute, the crew remained with the ship and turned toward the Isle of Vis. Due to the undercast they elected not to go through and instead turned inland. At 8500 ft. of altitude, the crew bailed out over the Yugo Mountains. Two crewmen broke legs on landing.

    The crew aboard "White L" on 18 December 1944 were:

    Lt. Cutis Eatman - Pilot
    Lt. Charles A. Haynes - Co Pilot
    Lt. William T. Magee, Jr. - Bombardier
    F/O William E. Evans, Jr. - Navigator
    Sgt. Lamont H. Pakes - Engineer
    Cpl. James P. Powell - Radio Operator
    Cpl. Harold J. Wamser - Ball Gunner
    Sgt. Joe R. Dearman - Nose Gunner (my Dad)
    Cpl. Edward W. Hahn - Top Turret Gunner
    T/Sgt. Andrew Jay, Jr. - Tail Gunner

    The details of 18 December 1944 were taken from the daily journal of Lt. Haynes and copies were forwarded to me by Lt. Magee.

    If a MACR exits for this crew, I would certainly want a copy. Additional information on the Curtis Eatman crew #142, Bomb Group 465, Bomb Squad 782 would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks again.....Bill Dearman



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    RE: Lt. Curtis Eatman Crew 2004/10/25 12:53:04 (permalink)
    You may already know this about William Magee, but he graduated from bombardier school at Victorville, CA class 44-07. I have a website dedicated to bombardiers and I would like to add Magee's data and photo along with the crew to my database. Please contact me at and we can start the process. A link to my site is below my name.

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