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The Joe Noyes Crew, 15 September 1943

Old 04-16-2020, 09:43 AM
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As a teenager, I became fascinated with the Second World War and The Mighty Eighth Air Force. It was then that I stumbled across the book B-17s Over Berlin on a shelf at a bookstore. Within its pages, I discovered a group photograph, and in that photograph by some destiny, I found Joe Noyes. Joe was a Flight Officer originally from Seattle. He served with the 95th Bomb Group (H) at Horham, England. On September 15th 1943, the Joe Noyes crew failed to return home from a mission to Paris Billancourt. Nine men are still missing in action today, as Joe's remains were the only ones ever recovered. Speculation says they ditched into the English channel, but so far there's very little information about what happened other than that their aircraft was seen to leave formation about 15 miles off Beachy Head, and in no apparent distress.

This post is in memory of the following men of the Joe Noyes crew:
  • F/O Joseph H. Noyes, Washington
  • 2LT David F. Prees, Wisconsin
  • 2LT Frank A. Roth, New Jersey
  • 2LT Rex A. Rice, South Carolina
  • TSGT Billie E. Clapper, Kansas
  • TSGT Edgar A. Lajoie, Rhode Island
  • SSGT Robert H. Willis, North Carolina
  • SSGT Raymond L. Provost, Texas
  • SGT Daniel J. Fabritz, Pennsylvania
  • SSGT William L. Cochran, Texas
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How many stories are there of bravery - and loss - that most will never even know?
Thank you for this one, and the names so worthy of reading & remembering.
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