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B 17F 42-5882 crashed in the North Sea between the German
coast and Helgoland 28/7-1943.
The aircraft belonged to USAAF, 8 Air Force, 95 Bomb Group, 336 Bomb Squadron
and was coded ET-D.
T/O Horham. OP: Oschersleben.
On its way to the target the aircraft which was christened “Spook II” was shot
down and crashed into the sea not far from Helgoland.
The body of Co-Pilot 1.Lt William J. Parker was found washed ashore near Højer
Sluse lock and was laid to rest in Fovrfelt cemetery in Esbjerg on 26/8-43. On
30/4-48 his body was disinterred and taken to the US Millitary Cemetery
Neuville-en-Condron in Belgium.
2. Lt Thomas J. Nix Jr. is claimed to have been found washed ashore on the
island of Rømø and laid in a ”Isolated grave”. Today he rest in USA.
T/Sgt Alonzo G. Paul , Pilot 1. Lt Francis J, Regan , 1.Lt Samuel F. Wilderson,
T/Sgt George D. Starkebaum, S/Sgt William F. Brunson, S/Sgt Harold B. Lofton,
Sgt Merle G. Fear and 2.Lt Warren W. Guenther have no known graves and their
names are found on Tablets of the Missing at Cambridge American Cemetery,
Sources: BE, FB, ABMC.
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