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B 17 hit over the Baltic landed in England 9/10-1943
The aircraft belonged to USAAF, 8 Air Force, 381 Bomb Group, 532 Bomb Squadron
T/o Ridgewell. OP: Anklam.
While flying over the Baltic Sea south of the island of Langeland a 20 mm round
exploded in the cockpit of the B 17 and started a fire at the rear end of it.
The pilot Lt Douglas Winter was temporarily blinded and lost consciousness for a
short period of time. When he was regaining consciousness Bombardier 2.Lt John
B. Morgan and Navigator 2.Lt Anthony P. Taormina had bailed out while CO-pilot
2.Lt Max E. Liming were on his way. Top turret gunner T/Sgt Gordon Teal saluted
Winter and then followed. Winter put the aircraft on auto pilot and extinguished
the fire and set course for England where he landed on the first airfield he
Teal was picked up from the sea by a German boat together with William and Curis
from 42-29868 and became POW.
The body of Liming was found washed ashore near Lysabildskov on 8/11 and was
laid to rest in Aabenraa cemetery on 10/11 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.
Also Morgan is listed as KIA and is believed to rest in USA.
Taormina was rescued and became a POW in Stalag Luft I Barth.
Sources : FB, LBUK. MACR 877, ABMC.
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