2/Lt. Harold B. Metcalf
338th FS - 19 December 1944 - 30 December 1944 (Killed in Action)
|Notes||ASN - O-826726
19 December 1944 - Joined 338th Fighter Squadron
30 December 1944 - Killed in Action
MACR No. 11168
1/Lt. Frank D, Bradford reported: "On a bomber escort mission to Mannheim, Germany, on 30 Dec. 1944, 2/Lt. Metcalf, flying Acorn Yellow number 2 position, was observed by me in apparent loss of control of his aircraft. We were flying at about 28,000 feet, the time being 1250. He pulled up to the left of our formation in a 30 degree climb for about 500 feet, nosed over and went straight down. The aircraft appeared out of control and had commenced to spin as it neared the overcast at about 12,000 feet. He did not respond to calls over the R/T. No chute was seen."
German J 2369, stated, "Pilot dead in crash."
Lt. Metcalf was obviously a victim of oxygen system failure. He was from Illinois. He is buried at Lorraine American Military Cemetery and Memorial, Saint Avold, France.
Reproduced with kind permission of Mr. Robert M. Littlefield from the author's book Double Nickel - Double Trouble
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