Airwar over Denmark

Airwar over Denmark

 By Søren C. Flensted


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B 17G-VE 42-97607 ditched in the sea of Smålandsfarvandet off Glænø 19/5 1944.

The aircraft belonged to USAAF, 8 Air Force, 100 Bomb Group, 349 Bomb Squadron and was coded XR-H.
T/O Thorpe Abbot. OP: Berlin.

After having dropped its bombs on the target 42-97607 was attacked by German Fw 190 fighters and was damaged. It headed north over the island of Lolland and ditched about four miles off Glænø.

Before ditching the whole crew except Pilot 1st Lt Ralph D. Horne Jar. and Co-pilot 1st Lt John M. McGrath gathered in the radio room.
Horne put the B 17 down nicely and the crew entered the dinghy’s and paddled to the shore.
They split up in two groups of four and six men. Probably officers and sergeants. On the morning of 20/5 the officers was arrested by the Wehrmacht in Nyrup while the sergeants were arrested at Snedinge Hovedgaard farm.
They were all sent to Dulag Luft Oberursel near Frankfurt for interrogation. After a while they were sent to Dulag Luft Wetzlar to await transportation to the different POW camps.
Pilot 1st Lt Ralph D. Horne Jr., Co-pilot 1st Lt John M. McGrath, Navigator 2nd Lt Douglas L. Hiley and Bombardier 2nd Lt Jack T. Ewans were sent to Stalag Luft III Sagan while it is not clear where the sergeants were sent.
They were Radio operator T/Sgt Lawrence C. Wiley, Engineer T/Sgt Robert L. Fosdick, Ball turret gunner S/Sgt Carlee E. Hunt, Right waist gunner S/Sgt Shelly M. Hall, Left waist gunner S/Sgt Joseph Perinsky Jr. and Tail gunner S/Sgt Joseph G. Staron Jr.

Horne states after the war that Engineer T/Sgt Robert L. Fosdick was seen in Stalag XIIID Nürnberg-Langwasser and later in Stalag VII Moosburg.

Sources: MACR, LBUK.


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