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B 17F 42-30606 belly landed on Rømø island 4/1-1944.
The aircraft belonged to USAAF, 8 Air Force, 306 Bomb Group, 367 Bomb Squadron
and was coded GY-U.
T/o Thurleight (AF Station 111). OP: Kiel
The aircraft which was named ”El Diablo” belly landed on Havsand on the south
end of the island of Rømø at 11:45 hours. It had been attacked by fighters and
suffered from a fire in the right hand outboard engine. After landing the crew
started to bring dinghies and equipment down to Listerdyb to try to sail away. A
couple of rounds fired from the German observation post at Stagbjerg made them
change their mind and they surrendered to the Germans.
Soon after a motor launch arrived from the island of Sylt and brought the flyers
back with it. During the next week the B 17 was dismantled and shipped over to
The crew of “El Diablo” were Pilot 2.Lt Charles E. Tucker Jr., Co Pilot 2.Lt
Eugene R. McFadden, Navigator 2.Lt Owen W. Johnson, Bombardier 2.Lt Sidney
Passin, Top turret gunner S/Sgt Samuel J. Coving, Radio operator S/Sgt Arthur L.
Pahl, Ball turret gunner Sgt Laurence W. Neuhauser, Right waist gunner Sgt
Stephen J. Korba, Left waist gunner Sgt Milton J. Badeaux and Tail gunner Sgt
John F. Bentley.
Sources: AS 71-261, RL 19/458, LBUK, MACR, UA.
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