Floyd E. Addy
Second Lieutenant, 86th Bomber Squadron, 493rd Bomber Group, Heavy - U.S. Army Air Forces

Died June 14, 1944 over Chievres, Belgium
Buried: Netherlands American Cemetery, Margraten, Netherlands

On his last mission when three engines of his Liberator B24 44-40460 "Won Long Hop" were gone and his crew had bailed out under orders, he remained at the controls of his plane to turn it from crashing in the midst of a Belgian village Wodecq.The plane subsequently striking a high tension line and bursting into flames outside the village.

Members of his crew were saved but were held prisoners by the Germans nine days before they could escape.

Crew of B24 liberator "Won Long Hop" 44-40460 :

Pilot Lieutenant Floyd E. ADDY
Copilot Lieutenant Douglas W. HOOTH
Flight Engineer 1er sergeant Cecil C. PENDRAY
Navigator Lieutenant Robert G. DONAHUE
Bombardier Lieutenant Richard E. WRIGHT
Radio Operator 1er sergeant Frank R. McPHERSON
Gunner Sergeant Hugh C. BOMAR
Nose Gunner Sergeant Irving W. NORRIS
Tail Gunner Robert G. MATHIE
Ball Turret Sergeant William L. CUPP

Floyd died June 14 1944 in action over Chievres (Belgium) and was burried in the German cemetery, his body wrapped in an American flag and decorated with a cross of white flowers, the villagers having declared a day of mourning for the brave American who saved this Belgian village.

On Sept 8 2012 a monument was inaugurated in the centre of Wodecq (Hainaut - Belgium).

the monument in Wodecq

Memorial ceremony Wodecq

Web page about the crash

 

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