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B 17F 42-30394 crashed in the North Sea off the German
The aircraft belonged to USAAF, 8 Air Force, 96 Bomb Group, 339 Bomb Squadron
and was coded QJ-?
T/O Snetterton. OP: Oschersleben.
The aircraft was attacked by enemy fighters and was damaged. Pilot Lt Clarence
Covert ditched it off the German coast and six flyers survived. Four flyers went
down with the plane and died.
One of those was Sgt Charles E. Deffendoll who had been wounded during the
attack. On 2/9 his body was found washed ashore on the island of Rømø and was
laid to rest in Kirkeby cemetery on 4/9 1943.
S/Sgt Robert W. Korff was found washed ashore near Sønderho on the island of
Fanø on 28/8 and was laid to rest in Fovrfelt cemetery in Esbjerg on 4/9-43.
They were both disinterred and taken to the US Millitary Cemetery
Neuville-en-Condron in Belgium in April 1948. Deffendoll today rest in USA
Radio Operator T/Sgt James C. Ellis today rests in Ardennes American cemetery in
Neuville-en-Condron in Belgium while Left Waist Gunner S/Sgt Harold E. Jarvis
rest in USA.
Six flyers survived to become POW after six hours in the water, namely Pilot Lt
Clarence Covert Jr., Co-pilot Lt James M. Wyse, Navigator 2.Lt Douglas D.
Johnson, Bombardier 2.Lt William R. Galle, Top Turret Gunner T/Sgt Donald E.
Colvin and Ball Turret Gunner S/Sgt James O. Goodson.
Sources: UA, BE KK, FB, ABMC.
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