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The B-24 Liberator WarChamp was hit by anti aircraft artillery on 27th May, 1944 over Saarbrucken, Germany. Loren Reid was the pilot . This aircraft was stationed with the 389th Bomb Group in Hethel. The burning bomber dropped into one of the semi-detached houses in a town now known as Altenkessel, killing one man and injuring three children. While coming down, the parachuting crew were shot at from the ground.
From the crew, six were taken POW. The remaining four were killed and the bodies found in the wreckage. Three of the crew were found the same day of the crash, but the body of S/sgt Clyde R. Clark was not discovered until three days later. The four men were buried in the cemetery of Altenkessel. Paul Karpinko and Clyde Clark were moved later to the American cemetery in St. Avold in Lothringen while Edward Brun was transported to the U.S.