Airwar over Denmark

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B 17G 42-107076 crashed in the Baltic Sea 9/4 1944.


The aircraft belonged to USAAF, 8 Air Force, 388 Bomb Group, 563 Bomb Squadron.
T/O Knettishall. OP: Posen.


On the return flight the aircraft crashed into the Baltic Sea killing all onboard. Pilot 1st Lt Vincent F. Sundstrom, Bombardier 2nd Lt Alexander G. Bruce, Nose gunner S/Sgt Manuel Weintraub, Radio operator T/Sgt John C. Rose, Engineer S/Sgt Norman D. Gallagher, Ball turret gunner S/Sgt Sidney Scnneider and Left waist gunner S/Sgt Philip Scriffignano have no known graves and their names are found on Tablets of the Missing at Cambridge American Cemetery, Cambridge, England.
 


                              (Via Lødsen)



The body of Co-pilot 2nd Lt John R. Vlymen Jr. was found washed ashore near Bøtø on 1/8 at 13:00 and was by a detail of 4./D XVIII taken to Nykøbing where it was laid to rest in Nykøbing East cemetery on 2/8 1944.

 


                                   (Via Ib Lødsen)

Co-pilot 2nd Lt John R. Vlymen Jr.
 


On 27/6 the body of Right waist gunner Sgt Adolph Waluck was found drifting in the water near Stouby Klint. It was brought to the mortuary in Nykøbing by the local police. On 28/6 1944 Waluck was laid to rest in Svinø cemetery. 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 where it rest to this day.

According to MACR 3856 Tail gunner S/Sgt Eugene S. Budzbanowski is listed as killed in action. It is however not known to the author where he was initially laid to rest or where he rest today.

 


                             (Ib Lødsen)

Vlymens grave

 


                          (Ib Lødsen)

 

 

Sources: MACR, BS, ABMC.

 

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