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B 17F 42-3280 shot down over the North Sea 26/7-1943.
The aircraft belonged to USAAF, 8 Air Force, 94 Bomb Group, 333 Bomb Squadron
and was christened “Cherokee Maid”.
T/O Rougham. OP: Wilhelmshaven.
At 11:55 ”Cherokee Maid” was hit by a rocket fired by a German aircraft and crashed
into the North Sea east of Helgoland.
Only Co-Pilot 2. Lt Bruce Kreischer survived to become POW.
Pilot Lt Harold Alsop, Left Waist Gunner S/Sgt Romeo L. Varacchi, Bombardier
2.Lt Leopold S. Poduszcczak og Radio Operator T/Sgt Glen H. Sheets have no known
graves and their names are found on Tablets of the Missing at Cambridge American
Cemetery, Cambridge, England.
Navigator 2.Lt Charles Matthes and Top Turret Gunner T/Sgt Joseph Browne today
rests in Ardennes American cemetery in Neuville-en-Condron in Belgium.
The body of Ball Turret Gunner S/Sgt Howard S. Battise was found washed ashore
near Vested on 29/8 and was laid to rest in Fovrfelt cemetery in Esvjerg on 2/9
1943. On 30/4-1948 his body was disinterred and taken to the US Millitary
Cemetery Neuville-en-Condron in Belgium. Today he rest in USA.
On 22/9 Receiver of Wrecks Iver Miltersen Christensen found the body of Right
Waist Gunner S/Sgt Irwin Sewell in Beach Area 38 at Søgård Forstrand beach.
German soldiers would not allow Christensen to remove the body and subsequently
it was taken to Lemvig by the Wehrmacht and laid to rest in Lemvig cemetery on
On 23/9 Receiver of Wrecks Simon Jepsen Poulsen found the body of Tail Gunner
S/Sgt Frank L. Boyd washed ashore in Beach Area 18 near Aargab and took it to
his farm where it was inspected and identified by the Danish police.
Later it was handed over to the German Wehrmacht from Søndervig who took it to
Lemvig where it was laid to rest in the cemetery on 28/9 1943.
Both were disinterred and taken to the US Millitary Cemetery
Neuville-en-Condron in Belgium on 4/5-1948. Today they both rest in USA.
Sources: BE, BL, UA, Police reports Ringkøbing police, ABMC, MACR via FB.
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