Airwar over Denmark

Airwar over Denmark

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B 17F 42-5221 crashed in the Baltic Sea 9/10-1943.


The aircraft belonged to USAAF, 8 Air Force, 303 Bomb Group, 427 Bomb Squadron.
T/O Molesworth. OP: Anklam.


The aircraft is believed to have crashed into the Baltic Sea between Falster and Fehmarn killing the crew of ten at 12:20 hours.

On 13/11 the dead body of Bombardier 2nd Lt Robert V. Bruce was found on the beach of Dazendorfer Strand in Holstein, Germany and was laid to rest in Heileigenhafen cemetery on 15/11 1943. Today he rests in the Ardennes American Cemetery in Neupre, Belgium.

The body of Rear Gunner S/Sgt William O. Heller was found near Fredericia. He was brought to Esbjerg and laid to rest in Fovrfelt cemetery on 13/11 1943. His remains was taken to Ardennes American Cemetery in Neupre, Belgium on 30/6 1948. Today he rest in USA.

Flt.Engr./ Right Waist Gunner T/Sgt Andrew A. Dyke was found close to the shore 4 miles east of Rødbyhavn at noon on 19/11 by Fisherman Viggo Hansen, Nysted.
The body was taken to the chapel at Rødby hospital and identified. In the afternoon on Saturday 20/11 1943 it was laid to rest in Rødby cemetery Reverend Klessen of the Catholic church in Maribo officiating at the graveside ceremony. The ceremony were attended by the Judge and Head of Police in Maribo, the Mayors of Rødby and Maribo as well as quite a few of the local citizens of Rødby.
On 28/4 1948 his remains was moved to the Ardennes American Cemetery in Neupre, Belgium.

Pilot 2nd Lt Bernhard J. Clifford today rest in USA while Co-pilot 2nd Lt Charles O. Jahn, Navigator 2nd Lt Charles M. Stata, Top Turret Gunner S/Sgt Allan E. Horning, Radio Operator T/Sgt Foy G. Hartzog, Ball Turret Gunner S/Sgt Charles L. Gale and Left Waist Gunner S/Sgt Jack L. Mc Larty have no known graves and their names are found on Tablets of the Missing at Cambridge American Cemetery, Cambridge, England.

 

 



 

Sources: MACR, ABMC, BE, AS 31-64, UA.
 

 

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