MISHAPs: 12 AUG 44 A/C: PB4Y-1 Location: Newdelight Wood, Suffolk, UK Strike: Yes BUNO: 32271 (ex USAAF B-24J 42-110007) Cause: Loaded with Torpex explosives, exploded in midair over Newdelight Wood, Suffolk, UK 8/12/1944. Lt Joseph Patrick Kennedy, Jr (JFK's older brother) and Lt Wilford J. Willey killed. Intended target was V-site at Mimoyecques. Following manual takeoff, they were supposed to parachute out over the English Channel while the radio-controlled explosive filled drone proceeded to attack a German V-2 missile-launching site. Possible causes include faulty wiring or FM signals from a nearby transmitter. WebSite: Joseph F. Baugher http://home.att.net/~jbaugher/ [17OCT2008]
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