13 Replies Latest reply on Mar 25, 2021 11:21 AM by Lisa Woods

    Seeking photos of 7 men killed in glider crash

    Lisa Woods Newbie

      I am searching for photos of 7 men of the 101st Airborne Division that were killed in a glider crash during Operation Market Garden.  I have their names and serial numbers and other information about them. I just need photos for a memorial being erected for them in Belgium.  I have tried Ancestry.com, newspaper.com, etc, with no luck.  Thank you for any ideas on how to locate their photos.

        • Re: Seeking photos of 7 men killed in glider crash
          Elliot Schneider Ranger



          Do you have the 101st Glider units number 327th or 325th Glider Artillery or Infantry? What chalk # were they?

            • Re: Seeking photos of 7 men killed in glider crash
              Lisa Woods Newbie

              Elliot,  thanks for responding.  i'm new on this site.  i wanted to scan the email to you but not sure how so the following is the info that i have. 


              101st Airborne, 327th GIR, B Co.  and i think 1st Bn.   it was Waco CG-4A, serial 43-19797 of the 436th TGC/82nd TCS.  Crashed at Kruishoutem Belgium.  Sept 19, 44.  We have some of the men's photos.  we still need the following:


              Sgt Barrett, Henry J.    38274996   i found a photo of Barrett in newspaper getting off a glider carrying a bazooka.  we could use it if we cant find a better one.  (hometown: Caldwell City  Kansas)

              Pfc Insolo, John A.  33569344    (Maryland)

              Pfc Haake, Frank G     37557272   (Minnesota)

              Pvt Hernandez, Jesus G     39548588  (Los Angeles)

              Pfc Keane, Patrick B       31342106     (Conn.)

              Pfc Pacheco, Frank S       19167979     (San Bernardino, CA.  I live near here and think i have found a daughter)

              Pvt Zimmerman, Kenneth O.    37575515   (buried Minnesota)


              Thank you so much for responding to my request.  Hope you can help.  I helped with another memorial in Belgium last year and ended up finding the paratrooper's photo with the help of the WW2 museum but they haven't responded to my request for help this time.   Lisa

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              Alice Lane Navigator

              Hi Lisa,

              Welcome to History Hub,


              Found this on Pinterest

              Alice Lane

              Research Volunteer


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              • Re: Seeking photos of 7 men killed in glider crash
                Sylvia Naylor Scout

                Dear Ms. Woods,


                Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


                We searched the National Archives Catalog and located a series titled World War II Operations Reports, 1940-1948 in the Records of the Adjutant General’s Office, 1917 - 1985 (Record Group 407) that may have photographs in the 101st Airborne Division and 327th Glider Infantry Regiment histories and/or after action reports located in boxes 11750-11753 and boxes 11806-11808, respectively. For more information about these records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) at archives2reference@nara.gov.


                Also photographs of various U.S. Army activities and subjects during WWII are in the custody of the National Archives at College Park - Still Picture (RDSS). Please contact RDSS via email at stillpix@nara.gov and their web site is https://www.archives.gov/dc-metro/college-park/photographs-dc.html.


                Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of NARA staff. As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgement as well as a substantive response to your reference request from RDT2 and RDSS. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.


                We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!

                  • Re: Seeking photos of 7 men killed in glider crash
                    Lisa Woods Newbie

                    Thank you, Sylvia, for all of the info and web sites. I did email NARA (if they were open, I would be there tomorrow!! love that place.)  Their reply was that they couldn't help now because of their closure  and that the services did not, as a rule, save indoctrination photos back then.  So we will keep working on it.  I did find 2 of the men's family members on ancestry, and a photo of another of the glidermen on newspaper.com.  So we're getting there.  Thanks again for your input, really appreciate your time and effort. I will search the sites that you gave me.  lisa

                  • Re: Seeking photos of 7 men killed in glider crash
                    Lisa Woods Newbie
                    • according to the testimony of our eyewitness the tree which caused the fatal crash was located near where now is a highway (which was constructed 1972) : https://goo.gl/maps/WuGj5FWR7yu7pjsy6 ... but as the place is changed over time ... she can be wrong. I did my outmost best to find aerial pictures or other clues in having an old picture where the tree can be located. But in vain. Cybrik Dedecker told me he camped a long time agoo for several weeks at Nara, but he says those pictures do'nt exist. Maybe you can find something? The most correct estimation of the location would be a very big help for a metaldetectorist survey I'm planning to do in Summer when covid hopefully is better under control.


                    this  is a followup to my request for photos of the glidermen killed on Sept 19, 1944 during Op Market Garden.  This is an email from the person in Belgium building the memorial.  He is asking for help on the exact location of the crash.  Any ideas to help with this?  is there a source of aerial recon pictures from that time?  You all were so helpful with the photo request.  We were able to locate most of the men's photos.  Any help on this would be appreciated too.  thanks