Hello- I noticed a few posts referencing an incident involving three planes from the 449th 717th that occurred on April 2, 1944. Three planes were lost when the lead plane was hit by flak and the debris took down two others. My uncle, Jake Kury was the pilot of the Peerless Clipper, one of the planes that went down. A number of years ago, I did research to find out what happened that day. Up to that point, our family had no information on what happened. I contacted surviving members of the fourth plane in the formation and received a number of first hand accounts, including a letter from Col. Sass, the CO. I am happy to share what I have found.

Patti Long
Lebenon, PA

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