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B 17F 42-29868 crashed in the Baltic Sea south of
Langeland 9/10 1943.
The aircraft belonged to USAAF, 8 Air Force, 351 Bomb Group, 508 Bomb Squadron
and was coded YB-K.
T/O Polebrook. OP: Anklam.
At approx. 12:45 hours the B 17 was attacked by a Bf 109 fighter and the
aircraft caught fire and the crew started leaving the damaged aircraft. The
first to leave was Bombardier 2nd Lt Abraham Silverman followed by Co pilot 1st
Lt Frank William and Top turret gunner Theodore P. Curtis. The aircraft exploded
just after Curtis had left it.
They landed in the sea and after about an hour
Curtis was picked up by a German boat. The Germans were pretty rough to him but
he managed to get them to search for the others and after a while Williams was
found. A little later T/Sgt Gordon Teal of 532 BS was also picked up. The search
continued for some time before the ship returned to harbour.
Pilot 1st Lt Joseph H. Turley and Right waist gunner S/Sgt Nilson Harmon today
rest in USA while Navigator 2nd Lt Robert W. Coe, Radio operator T/Sgt Theodore
Brantz, Left waist gunner S/Sgt Raymond A. Hammond, Ball turret gunner Sgt Alvin
L. Jeanes and Tail gunner William E. Trask have no known grave and their names
are found on Tablets of the Missing at Cambridge American Cemetery, Cambridge,
On 10/10 the dead body of Silverman was found at Fodslette on the island of
Langeland. He was laid to rest in Magleby cemetery on 13/10 1943. His remains
were disinterred after the war and were evacuated to the American cemetery at
Neuville en Condron in Belgium by the US military.
Today he rest in USA.
Sources: ABMC, MACR, FAF.
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