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B 17F 42-5370 crashed in the North Sea 4/3-1943.
The aircraft belonged to USAAF 91 BG, 324 BS and was coded DF-K.
T/O 11:37 Bassingbourn. OP: Marshalling yards, Hamm.
The aircraft was attacked by German fighters west of the island of Texel and
crashed into the sea killing all but one crew member. Flt. Engineer T/Sgt Randle
Nettles survived to become a POW.
The body of Pilot 1st Lt Harold H. Henderson was found washed ashore on the
island of Borkum and now rest in Riverside Cemetery, Sharpsville, Mercer County,
(Mary Denziger via Finn Buch)
Co-Pilot 2nd Lt Leslie B. Zubiri was found washed ashore near Blåvand on
Skallingen on 27/6. He was laid to rest in Fovrfelt cemetery in Esbjerg on
29/6-1943. On 30 April 1948 Zubiri was disinterred and moved to the Ardennes
American Cemetery in Neupre, Belgium.
Navigator 2nd Lt James S. La Rock was found washed ashore on Ameland, Holland
and today rests in Ardennes American Cemetery in Neupre, Belgium.
Bombardier 1st Lt William J.B. Simpson was found near Pietersburen, Holland and
is believed to rest in USA.
Radio operator T/Sgt Edward Corrigan was found washed ashore on the island
of Sylt and today rests in Ardennes American Cemetery in Neupre, Belgium.
Ball gunner Sgt Hymen Philips has no known grave and is commemorated on Tablets
of the Missing at Netherlands American Cemetery, Margraten, Holland.
Waist gunner Sgt John F. Howorusz and Waist gunner S/Sgt James D. Burton has no
known graves and is commemorated on Tablets of the Missing at Netherlands
American Cemetery, Margraten, Holland.
Tail gunner S/Sgt Donald L. Marx was recovered from the sea near Huisduinen,
Holland and today rests in Netherlands American Cemetery, Margraten Holland.
On June 3. 1943 the body of a flyer was found washed ashore at the 22 km
poole on the island of Texel near the village of De Koog. It is believed to have
been found by German troops as the area was closed to civilians. The body was
taken to the Texel cemetery Den Burg where it was laid to rest in grave 58 on
the same day.
In the cemetery register was recorded: AM AAF L4037299 T 42 Burten J.D. Off.
On November 19. 1946 the remains was taken to Strassbourg (Probably US
cemetery Lorraine) by an American Grave Recovery Team. Here it must have been
buried as unknown as there is no trace of this flyer in the American registers.
It is believed by the author of this site that this is actually Waist gunner S/Sgt
James D. Burton
Sources: BE, FB, Nico Kwakman
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