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B 17F 42-29711 crashed in the Baltic Sea on 9/10 1943.
The aircraft belonged to USAAF, 8 Air Force, 91 Bomb Group, 322 Bomb Squadron
and was coded LG-V.
T/O Bassingbourn. OP: Anklam.
The aircraft which by its crew was called “Chief Sly II” is believed to have
crashed into the Baltic Sea south west of Gedser somewhere around 12:30 hours
with the loss of all onboard.
On 10/10 the dead body of Pilot 1st Lt Charles B. Pinning was found near Gedser
and was laid to rest in Svinø cemetery on 12/10 1943.
On 26/10 the body of Navigator 2nd Lt Walter Cavanaugh was found near Gedser and
was laid to rest in Svinø cemetery on 29/10 1943.
On 31/10 the body of Co pilot 2nd Lt Edward H. Tomer was found washed ashore
near Bøtøgaard farm and was laid to rest in Svinø cemetery on 3/11 1943.
On 4/11 the body of Tail gunner S/Sgt Joseph E. Carrasquillo was found near
Birkemose and was laid to rets in Svinø cemetery on 8/11 1943.
On 3/7 1944 the body of Right waist gunner Sgt Joseph J. Arasimowicz was found
near Marienlyst and was laid to rest in Svinø cemetery on 4/7 1944.
Their remains were disinterred on 8/5 1948 and were evacuated to the American
cemetery at Neuville en Condron in Belgium by the US military.
Flight Engineer T/Sgt John F. Robinson and Left waist gunner Vincent A. White
were both laid to rest in Sweden after being found on the South coast. Robinson
on 9/12 1943 and White on 30/12 1943.
They were all later transferred to cemeteries within the USA.
Bombardier 2nd Lt Dale C. Engell, Radio operator S/Sgt Rudy Olague and Ball
turret gunner S/Sgt Joseph Bielecki have no known grave and their names are
found on Tablets of the Missing at Cambridge American Cemetery, Cambridge,
(William Howard, Jr.)
Top row left to right: Carrasquillo, Robinson, Arasimowicz,
White, Bielecki, Olaque.
Bottom row: Tomer, Cavanaugh, Pinning, Rolnick.
Rolnick hit his head on the bombbay door and was replaced by
Dale Engell on this trip.
Sources: MACR, BS, AS 19-301, LBUK, MFS, ABMC.
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