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B 17F 42-30401 crashed in the North Sea off the German coast 28/7-1943.


The aircraft belonged to USAAF, 8 Air Force, 96 Bomb Group,338 Bomb Squadron and was coded BX-?
T/O Snetterton. OP: Oschersleben.


Near the German coast 42-30401 piloted by 1st Stephen W. Hettrick was attacked by a German fighter and crashed into the North Sea.

The body of Engineer T/Sgt William J. Connell was found drifted ashore on Henne Strand beach on 11/8 and was laid to rest in Fovrfelt cemetery in Esbjerg on 17/8 1943. In 1948 his body was disinterred and taken to the US Millitary Cemetery Neuville-en-Condron in Belgium.
 
On 12/8 the body of Bombardier 2.Lt Marshall Herrick was found drifted ashore near Lakolk on the island of Rømø and was laid to rest in Kirkeby cemetery on 16/8 1943. In 1948 he was disinterred and taken to the US Millitary Cemetery Neuville-en-Condron in Belgium. Today he rest in USA.

After the war it was believed by some people that Pilot 1.Lt Stephen W. Hettrick had been found near Lakolk on the island of Rømø on 16/8-43 and had been laid to rest in Kirkeby cemetery on 19/8 1943. This was questioned from official American hold and today he is declared “Missing in Action”.

The following crew members have no known graves and their names are found on Tablets of the Missing at Cambridge American Cemetery, Cambridge, England:
Pilot 2.Lt Jack G. Adair, Navigator 2.Lt Calvin T. Bramblet, Radio Operator William W. Reeves, Ball turret gunner S/Sgt Clifford W. Kinney, Right Waist Gunner S/Sgt Charles R. Mosbey , Left waist gunner Sgt Bronislaus J. Kubis and Tail Gunner S/Sgt Stanley Lukowitz Jr.

 

Sources: BE, KK, UA, FB, ABMC.
 

 

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