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The Holy Moses

The Holy Moses was the B-26 Marauder usually flown by Captain Moses Gatewood and his crew: Radio/Gunner - William T. O'Brien, Bombardier/Navigator - Walter D. Blatchford, Co-Pilot - Richard Haymond, Engineer/Gunner - William J. Snyder, Armourer/Gunner - Eldon Lee Hughes.

However this is not the aircraft they were flying on the fateful evening of June 24, 1944 when they were shot down by the enemy over occupied France during the successful bomb raid on the Sartrouville railway bridge. On that day, they were flying the "Mama Liz" instead.

After that day, the "Holy Moses" went on to complete over 100 missions, but crashed shortly after take off on a combat mission on February 26, 1945, on the 397th Group's mission #180. All 6 crew on board were killed when the aircraft struck the ground in a sparsely wooded area about 3 miles South East of Wassigny, France. Six of the eight 500lb bombs exploded on impact leaving little remains of the aircraft or crew, so no conclusion could be drawn as to the cause of the crash. The remains of two men are buried at the Epinal, France, American Cemetery; with one being returned to Keokuk National Cemetery, Iowa, USA. The other three men's resting places are currently unknown. - Source: Brian Gibbons, 397th BG historian

  Holy Moses
The Holy Moses - Photo James Hunt collection, via Brian Gibbons
  Captain Gatewood and his crew
Standing, left to right: Pilot - Moses J. Gatewood, Radio/Gunner - William T. O'Brien, Bombardier/Navigator - Walter D. Blatchford, Co-Pilot - Richard Haymond, Engineer/Gunner - William J. Snyder, Armourer/Gunner - Eldon Lee Hughes. Kneeling, Left to Right: Crew Chief - John Kilmen, Assistant Crew Chief -Virgle C. Gilbertson - Photo from William T. O'Brien collection via Sally Root/Brian Gibbons
 

 

 

 

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