information was provided by Mr. Angelo
Baroni, an Italian hobby historian. He discovered the
contents below while doing research on the
air war over his home town of Casale Monferrato-Piedmont.
included the Missing Air Crew Report (MARC) that
can be downloaded and viewed as a PDF file(click here
to view file).
below are photos related to the crash of Capt. Hammond's
Marauder, Cindy II. The crash occurred 8 November,
1944 at Balzola near Casale Monferrato. The mission
was to bomb the railroad bridge at Casale Monferrato,
Italy. The aircraft, battle no. 98, sustained a direct
hit in the left engine on the breakaway from the target.
It slow rolled, then spun toward the ground, recovered
for an instant at 500 feet. The aircraft then resumed
spin, crashed, and exploded. It was seen burning just
North of the target (J-6332). No chutes were seen.
of the pictures below taken by Mr. Idro Grignolio, former
Regia Aeornautica officer, eyewitness to the crash.