Airwar over Denmark

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B 17G 42-37951 crashed Fuglebjerg near Haldagerlille 20/2 1944.


The aircraft belonged to USAAF, 8 Air Force, 452 Bomb Group, 728 Bomb Squadron and was coded 9Z-E.
T/o Deopham Green. OP: Rostock.


While outbound over the island of Fyn (Funen) the formation of B 17`s was attacked by four JU 88`s which each lobbed a rocket into the formation and then attacked with machine cannons. The left hand wing on 42-37951 caught fire and left the formation. The crew were seen bailing out but landed in the Store Bælt (Great Belt). The B 17 continued to the east and at approximately 12:30 it crashed north of Fuglebjerg near Haldagerlille on Sjælland (Sealand).

 


                             (Bjørnvad via Ib Lødsen)



The dead body of Pilot 2nd Lt Billy Huffman was found near the wreck and was laid to rest in Svinø cemetery on 23/2 1944. His remains were disinterred on 8/5 1948 and were evacuated to the American cemetery at Neuville en Condron in Belgium by the US military. He now rest in USA.

 


                (Betty Huffman Rosevear via Finn Buch)

Pilot 2nd Lt Billy Huffman

 


                         (Finn Buch)

Salem Pioneer Cemetery Salem, Marion County, Oregon, USA



Left Waist Gunner Sgt Thomas E. MacDonald and Right Waist Gunner Sgt George T. Smith were picked out of the freezing water by a German ship and ended the war in POW camps in Germany.

Ball Gunner Sgt John Brady was picked up by a boat from the lightship No 4 but froze to death. He was laid to rest in Korsør cemetery on 23/2 1944. His remains were disinterred on 29/4 1948 and were evacuated to the American cemetery at Neuville en Condron in Belgium by the US military. Today he rest in USA.

Co- Pilot 2nd Lt George Tomlinson was found washed ashore near Hyllekrog on the island of Lolland on 28/5 and was laid to rest in Svinø cemetery on 30/5 1944. His remains were disinterred on 8/5 1948 and were evacuated to the American cemetery at Neuville en Condron in Belgium by the US military.

Tail Gunner Sgt Martin L. Berry, Radio Operator S/Sgt Samuel M. Fanburg, Bombardier 2nd Lt Lloyd R. Frazier and Navigator Morton B. Lehman died but have no known grave and their names are found on Tablets of the Missing at Cambridge American Cemetery, Cambridge, England.

Top Turret Gunner S/Sgt Robert J. McCabe died in the freezing water and today rest in USA.


Two German pilots operating two engines aircrafts were granted claims over the island of Fyn on this day. Hauptmann Eduard Tratt of Stab II/ZG 26 at 12:15-25 and Oberleutnant Dürkopp of 6./ZG 26 at 12:15-20.

 

Sources: MACR, AS 13-68, RL 19/458, LBUK, BS, FAF, UA.

 

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