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Collection Earl A. DesJardins
WVM ID Number V2012.6.7
Object Name Case, Cartridge
Title Casing, Cartridge, .30-06 Caliber
Date 12/09/1944
Event World War II
Description Case, cartridge, .30-06 Springfield, dented, bent and partially crushed with the number "42" stamped on the primer pocket end of the case.
History This damaged .30-06 Springfield cartridge case was recovered from the crash site of a B-24G bomber flown by Earl A. DesJardins during World War II. Earl DesJardins enlisted in the Army Air Corps on August 3, 1942. After completing flight training, he flew B-24 Liberator bombers out of Italy and North Africa, eventually serving with the 885th Heavy Bombardment Squardron, 15th Air Force, United States Army Air Forces. He completed numerours combat missions including attacks on the Ploesti oil refineries. DesJardins was killed on the night of September 12, 1944 when the B-24G bomber "Dallas Lady", serial number 42-78, he was piloting crashed into the Cornede Bouc mountain in the Roya Valley in France near the Italian border. DesJardins and the other ten members of the crew of the Dallas Lady all perished in the crash. The crew was flying on a night mission from Maison Blanche, Algeria to drop weapons and ammunition to the underground resistance in the Allesandria sector of Northern Italy. This dameged .30-06 cartridge case was likely part of the ammunition meant to be provided to the resistance. The number "42" stamped on the case head indicates that the cartridge was manufactured in 1942. German soldiers recovered the remains of the fallen fliers and placed them in the civilian cemetery at Fontan, France. The crew now rests in the Zachary Taylor National Cemetery near Louisville, Kentucky. In 1991, Judge John DesJardins, Earl's nephew, traveled to the crash location where the French have maintained the site as a memorial. Wreckage of the B-24 remains and a monument designed by internationally renowned French schulptor Sacha Sosno marks the spot where the plane crashed.
Material Brass
Biographical Record DesJardins, Earl A.
Subjects World War II