1. Fournier, Fernand, Cpl., 31310497, 720th Sq., 450th Bomb Group
Born - 5 January 1925 Interrogated - 31 Oct 1944
Enlisted - April 1943 MIA - 7 Oct 1944
Home Address - 165 Nasaway St. Fall River, Mass. RTD - 21 Oct 1944
Peacetime Profession - Mechanic Missions - 4
Duty - Gunner
2. On 7 October 1944, source was flying in a B-24 piloted by Lt. Feebach, on a bombing mission to Vienna. After the bomb run, and after about an hours flying on the homeward run,
the pilot decided that, as he was nearly out of gas, to leave the formation and head for Vis, or an emergency landing field in Yugoslavia. Finding no field on which to land he gave orders to
bail out N. of Livno Yugoslavia. Source saw six other chutes in the air and does not know if all the crew bailed out. The ship was still flying when source last saw it.
3. After landing source immediately contacted S/Sgt. Norman Arnold (r/gun) and both were met by peasants, who after taking their chutes and "Mae Wests", led them
up into the hills to avoid capture by Ustache troops in the vicinity. Within an hour or so source and Arnold met Partisan Troops, who took charge of them, and after two days walking
handed them over to a British mission. Two days after arrival, 12 or 13 Oct 44 - Source was joined at the Mission by four other members of his crew and a F/O (all repatriated).
4. The mission was short of equipment and all men slept on the floor with blankets and parachutes, to keep warm. Two meals daily were provided, and consisted mainly
of Partisan food as the Mission was out of food and evacuating. On 21 October, 1944, a British "C-47" arrived with some food supplies and evacuated all the "evaders".
The mission was to be moved the same day to another location in Yugoslavia.