During an attack on Düren and the surrounding area, the aircraft of the 391st Fsq encountered several Me 109s and a fierce air battle ensued. Several German and American aircraft crashed. (see also the other crashes of the same day).
The aircraft of 2nd Lt. Buster Slaven was hit and caught fire. He saved himself by parachute and became a German prisoner of war. The plane crashed into the Rhine near Cologne Porz.
As an aside:
Buster Slaven was already active as an actor as a child, he stood in front of the camera for the first time at the age of seven.
After the war he appeared again in 1946 in the movie "Moon over Montana". In the following years he also took part in some of the well-known "fuzzy movies". After about 60 films he returned to an old passion, flying, and flew as a pilot for WESTERN AIRLINES for more than 30 years. He died in 2009 in San Diego, California.
Buster Slaven ( on the left ) in one of the
famous "Fuzzy" movies.