From various eye-witness and crew reports, it appears that they were flying almost due west at this point, passing directly over Saarbrücken, then turning towards the southwest. This would have placed them just to the east of Burbach Germany when the crew started jumping, probably on the north side of the Saar river. (One crewman landed in the Saar where he drowned). A post-war crew member incident report states that they were jumping out over a shooting range, which was west of the center of Saarbrücken, across the river, and near today's Messegelände or fairgrounds. The last to bail out, pilot Vincent Shaffer was seen to successfully exit the plane over the woods between the German village of Gersweiler and the French village of Schoeneck, directly on the border between the two countries
According to a French eye-witness, the aircraft then continued in a sweeping descent from southwest to south, narrowly missing the Schoeneck church tower, and crashed on the southwest edge of town. It was destroyed but didn't burn.