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B 17F 42-30401 crashed in the North Sea off the German
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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