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B 17F 42-5907 crashed in the North Sea 25/7-1943.


The aircraft belonged to USAAF, 8 Air Force, 388 Bomb Group, 563 Bomb Squadron and was christened “Wing and a Prayer”.
T/O Knettishall between 12:16 and 12:27. OP: Westrow.


Together with 20 more aircrafts 42-5907 took off from Knettishall to bomb Westrow in Germany. It was the crew’s first operation. When they reached the target it was found to be covered by clouds and it was decided to continue to the secondary target which was Rerik-West airfield which was bombed with a satisfactory result.

En route the American aircrafts were attacked by German fighters and on the flight back to England 42-5907 crashed into the North Sea killing all onboard.

The body of Pilot 2.Lt Warren H. Fuller was found in the North Sea between Esbjerg and Thyborøn and was laid to rest in Lemvig cemetery on 11/9-1943.
After the war the body was disinterred and taken to the US Millitary Cemetery Neuville-en-Condron in Belgium. Today he rests in USA.
 
Also Navigator 2.Lt F.W.Haminski rest in USA while the rest of the crew consisting of Co Pilot 2.Lt Thomas J. Scanlon, Bombardier 1.Lt William H. Ritchie, Top Turret Gunner T/Sgt Paul L. Le Brun, Radio Operator T/Sgt Hector M. Watson, Ball Turret Gunner S/Sgt Lacy Collingsworth, Right Waist Gunner S/Sgt Arthur S. Boyd, Left Waist Gunner S/Sgt Michael J. Lattieri and Tail Gunner T/Sgt Warren H. McClure have no known grave have no known grave and their names are found on Tablets of the Missing at Cambridge American Cemetery, Cambridge, England.



Sources: BL, FB, ABMC.
 

 

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