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B 17F 42-30802 crashed on Juvre Sande on the island of
Rømø 9/10 1943.
The aircraft belonged to USAAF, 8 Air Force, 388 Bomb Group, 560 Bomb Squadron
and was named “Gynida”.
T/O Knetishall. OP: Gdynia.
When crossing the Danish West coast on the way back to England from Gdynia the
foamation was attacked by German fighters. At 14:54 “Gynida” was shot down by a
German JU 88 night fighter coded D5+OX from 12./NJG 3 crewed by Pilot Leutnant
Hermann Stock, Radio operator Gefreiter Willy Eiben and Flt. Engr. Unteroffizier
Heinz Philip. They had taken off from Fliegerhorst Grove at 13:59 hours and
landed back at Grove again at 15:21. Before the B 17F crashed at Bollert Sand on
the north end of the island of Rømø the crew had left it by parachute.
Radiooperator T/Sgt Eugene W. Tobias was the first to land, and did so next to
the German barracks on the south west coast of the island of Mandø, breaking one
leg. The rest of the crew landed one after another in a straight line on
Koresand to the south of the island. After landing they started walking towards
Mandø where they were greeted by the Germans based there. They were placed in a
dune next to the barracks and guarded by a machine gun until later the same day
when they were put in a truck and driven to the airfield near Esbjerg. After a
day or two they were sent to Germany and the POW camps.
The crew were apart from Tobias : Pilot 2.Lt Henry C. Kinney Jr., Co Pilot 2.Lt
Chester G. Clem, Navigator 2.Lt William W. Lawrence, Bombardier 2.Lt William H.
Wakley, Engineer/ Top turret gunner T/Sgt John Browchuck, Right waist gunner
S/Sgt John J. Risse, Left waist gunner S/Sgt George H. King, Ball turret gunner
S/Sgt Donald N. Goodin and Tail gunner S/Sgt William E. Maki.
Kilder : AS 64-960, Stock via Jørgen Helme, MACR.
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