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B 17G 42-31349 crashed in The Baltic Sea 24/2 1944.
The aircraft belonged to USAAF, 8 Air Force, 385 Bomb Group, 550 Bomb Squadron.
T/O Gl.Ashfield. OP: Rostock.
On its way to the target the formation was attacked by two JU 88 fighters firing
rockets. 42-31349 which was named “Stars & Stripes Second Edition” was hit and
lost an engine. It dropped 1000 feet below the formation and was attacked by
three German fighters which set the number three engine on fire. The aircraft
was last seen at 13:38 hours when it was gliding towards cloud cover with a JU
88 and a ME 110 following it. Seven parachutes were seen.
(Via Finn Buch)
It is believed that it was claimed by Maj. Rolf Leuchs of Stab II./NJG 6 who
claimed a B 17 15 km. N.E. of Warnemünde at 3.500 m at 13.44 hours.
(Via Finn Buch)
Tail Gunner S/Sgt Raymond F. Malmfelt
standing no. 2 from right
Tail Gunner S/Sgt Raymond F. Malmfelt was found washed ashore at Østersødiget
near Dannemare Høje on the island of Lolland on 14/10 1944. The Wehrmacht buried
him near the spot where he was found. Some time in April 1945 a Danish priest
officiated at the graveside ceremony and on 18/4 1945 local people from Nakskov
erected a memorial stone. His remains were disinterred on 27/4 1948 and were
evacuated to the American cemetery at Neuville en Condron in Belgium by the US
military. Today he rest in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Mas-peth, New York, USA.
2nd Lt Charles W. Dickman was found washed ashore near Seestadt, Rostock and was
laid to rest in Seestadt New Cemetery on 26/4 1944. His remains were disinterred
after the war and were evacuated to the American cemetery at Neuville en Condron
in Belgium by the US military where he rest today.
Cpt Clarence S. McLlveen, 1st Lt William D. Williams and S/Sgt Jean A. Mahoney all rest in USA.
T/Sgt Charles E. Rotunda rest in The American cemetery at Neuville en Condron in
Belgium while 2nd Lt John Lapczynsky, T/Sgt John D. Scarbrough and S/Sgt Donald
G. Rigg have no known grave and their names are found on Tablets of the Missing
at The Netherlands American Cemetery and Memorial, Margraten, Holland. Also
S/Sgt Edward A. Barrett have no known grave and he is commemorated at Tablets of
the missing at Cambridge, England.
Sources: MACR, RL 19/458, Nonnenmacher File, FB, TW, FAF, ABMC.
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