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B 17F 42-5260 crashed in the North Sea west of the
Ostfriesische islands 2/10-1943.
The aircraft belonged to USAAF, 8 Air Force, 303 Bomb Group, 360 Bomb Squadron
and was coded PU-A.
T/O Molesworth. OP: Emden.
The aircraft which was named ”Yardbird II” exploded in the air west of the
Ostfriesiche islands at 16:10 with the loos of all onboard.
Waist Gunner S/Sgt Hugh F. Gibney Jr. was on 30/11 found washed ashore near Sønderho on the island of Fanø and was laid to rest in Fovrfelt cemetery in
Esbjerg on 3/12-1943. On 30/4-1948 his remains was disinterred and was evacuated
to the American Cemetery at Neuville en Condron in Belgium by the US military.
The following have no known graves and their names are found on Tablets of the
Missing at Cambridge American Cemetery, Cambridge, England.
Pilot 2.Lt Paul S. Tippet, Co-Pilot 2.Lt Lewellyn H. Nemitz, Bombardier 1.Lt
Bernard Rice, Waist Gunner S/Sgt William R. Greason, Tail Gunner S/Sgt Jack H.
Randall, Ball Turret Gunner S/Sgt Abraham J. Rasch, Photo Sgt Carney C. Rhodes,
Radio Operator T/Sgt Thomas L. Richardson and Engineer T/Sgt Oaks H. Smith.
The remains of Waist gunner S/Sgt Hugh F. Gibney was brought to USA after the
Sources: BE, UA, FB, ABMC.
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