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B 17F 42-3316 crashed in the North Sea off Helgoland
The aircraft belonged to USAAF, 8 Air Force, 385 Bomb Group, 550 Bomb Squadron
and was coded F
T/O Gt. Ashfield. OP: Warnemünde.
Outbound over the North Sea B 17F 42-30257 called “Lady Susie II” was hit by
flak from Helgoland and collided with 42-3316 which was piloted by 2.Lt Wiiliam
Storr. 42-3316 which was named ”Betty Boom” crashed into the North Sea
killing all onboard.
Radio operator T/Sgt Walter T. Reep was found washed ashore in Beach Area 1a by
Police constable K. Mouritsen on the beach near Bjerregaard on 21/9 and was laid
to rest in Fovrfelt cemetery in Esbjerg on 27/9 1943. On 30/4 1948 the body was
disinterred and taken to the US Millitary Cemetery Neuville-en-Condron in
Here can also be found the grave of Storr, Top Turret Gunner T/Sgt Harry L.
McComb, Ball Turret Gunner Sgt Joseph T. Schipani, Left Waist Gunner S/Sgt
Arthur J. Spicas and Right Waist Gunner S/Sgt James F. McDonough.
Co-pilot 2.Lt Robert P. Blakely, Navigator 2.Lt Clinton A. Weaver, Bombardier
2.Lt Athel J. Miller and Tail Gunner S/Sgt James R. Murphy all rest in USA
Sources: BE, UA, FB, ABMC.
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