|Harry George Pace Jr. Short Snorter Note #1
The Short Snorter Project
Harry G. Pace, Jr., Short Snorter Note #1: US Two Dollar Series 1928D Serial # C59834562A
"Short Snorter 4-28-44"
Peter D. Mac Vean - 2nd Lieut. -
Pilot of B-24 where Harry Pace
assigned. (see below...)
Larry (Lawrence) E. Carney, Jr. -
2nd Lieut. - Bombardier of B-24
where Harry Pace assigned.
(Killed In Action - see below...)
John Savich - 2nd Lieut. - Navigator
of B-24 where Harry Pace assigned.
Clarence H. Lander
Harold E. Sharp
James R. Murphy
25 May 1944 to 714th Bomb Squadron, 448th Bomb Group, 20th Combat Wing, 2nd Air Division, 8th USAAF:
2nd Lt. Peter D. Mac Vean P 0886043
2nd Lt. John E. Hurley CP 0706182
2nd Lt. John Savich N 0712676
2nd Lt. Lawrence E. Carney Jr. B 0697988
SSgt. Charles E. Messerli 37470822
SSgt. Harry G. Pace Jr. 16059707
Sgt. Marshall L. Adamson 37553875
Sgt. John J. Ruelle 36451286
Sgt. Robert W. Stack 39912946
Sgt. Leo Williams 38450998
27 JUNE 1944
8th USAAF Mission # 443 of 968, 448th BG Mission # 105 of 262 total.
Target: 'No Ball' supply site in railway tunnel; Cilun, France.
B-24H-CF, #42-50344, RED SOX; MACR 6727.
Due to cloud cover a target of opportunity was located; an airfield at Creil, France. Over this target a tremendous flak
barrage was encountered at 1055 hours. The MacVean crew, on it's twelfth mission, attempted to reach the North
Sea after having the nose, number 1 and number 2 engines on it's aircraft struck by flak. However, being unable to
proceed further, the crew bailed out approximately 15 miles southwest of Soissons, France; near Vez.
Sgt. Stack was killed due to his parachute becoming entangled in aircraft's tail and Sgt. Carney was killed during his
decent by ground fire. Four other crewmen were captured; the remainder evaded and were returned to England
through the assistance of the French Underground.
Dave Pace received the following from NARA (National Archives).....
From Escape and Evasion Report # 1072 by John Hurley (co-pilot) (interview 17 Aug 1944):
1. Williams and I (John Hurley) stayed in Villiers with JAQUES GUYOT, and in Argenteuil with PAUL LOUARN.
2. MacVean and Pace, whom we later met, stayed at a farm on the outskirts of Vauciennes with JAMES
BOULANGER, and in Vauciennes itself with ROBERT DUMONT.
3. The four of us stayed in Levignen Forest with GEORGES and GENEVIEVE ARDENOIS; in Parmain with GEORGES
DINOT; and at La Mairie in Argenteuil with Mme. MOUSSIET.
MACR 6727 - 714 Bomb Squadron, 448 Bomb Group. Included reports from Hurley, MacVean, Williams, and my dad
(the four who escaped with help of underground). Their reports were all dated 19 Aug 1944 so that must be approx
when they got back. My Dad's report contained the following information:
"Tail gunner was killed by plane hitting him while he was descending. French people told me one member of my
crew was killed by the Germans as he descended. From description he could have been Messerli of Ruelle; in
addition, they said three were captured and one was wounded." [Actually it was Carney who was killed. Ruelle,
Messerli, Savich, and Adamson were all captured.]
Other info: Plane was hit by flack between engines 1 &2 and also nose turret near target at Soissons. Apparently
crashed near place called Vez, 6 km west of Villers-Cotterets. The geography is confusing, because it says target
was railroad tunnel at Creil, but they were hit at Soissons, which is east of there, and went down near
Villers-Cotterets, which is half way between. But it also says route was via near Brussels, so that would have had
them heading NE to SW and would make sense.
|Artifacts that Harry
Pace brought back to
the states after the war.
Did he wind up with
these while he was
spending time in
Not a short snorter...