Airwar over Denmark

Airwar over Denmark

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B 17G-BO 42-37841 hit over Esbjerg 27/8-1944.


The aircraft belonged to USAAF, 8 Air Force, 303 Bomb Group, 360 Bomb Squadron.
It was coded PU-P and named “Banshee”.
T/O Molesworthl. OP: Berlin.


Due to bad weather over Berlin, the alternative target of Esbjerg airfield was attacked in three waves between 15:03 and 15:15 hours. “Banshee” was hit by flak in the tail section and lost parts of the rudder, elevator and stabilizer. Also the tail turret was blown away and tail gunner S/Sgt Milt I. Ross feel to his death.

He was laid to rest in Fovfelt cemetery in Esbjerg on 31/8 1944. His remains were disinterred on 30/4 1948 and were evacuated to the American cemetery at Neuville en Condron in Belgium by the US military
Today Milt Ross rest in Luxemburg American Cemetery, Luxemburg City, Luxemburg.

Pilot 1st Lt Bertrand C. Hallum managed to fly the plane back to England where he ordered the crew to bail out near Middlesham. The plane crashed near Badingham.

 


                          (Via Finn Buch)


Apart from Hallum and Ross the crew consisted of Co-Pilot 2nd Lt Alfred N. Romstad, Navigator 2nd Lt Charles F. Olson, Bomnardier 2nd Lt John Fetzko, Engineer T/Sgt Horace B. Young, Radio Operator T/Sgt Jack S. Bokin, Waist Gunner S/Sgt George E. Stroud Jr. and Ball Turret Gunner S/Sgt Heinz R. Ax.
 

Sources: FB, BE.

 

27/8 1944

P 51D 44-13936 crashed at Bov Mark near Frøslev 27/8-1944

B 17G-BO 43-37629 crashed at Sædden near Esbjerg 27/8-1944

B 17G-BO 42-37841 hit over Esbjerg 27/8-1944

P 51C-10-MT 43-25049 crashed in Grådybet 27/8-1944

P 51D-5-NA 44-13733 crashed in Grådyb 27/8-1944

P 51D-5-NA 44-13951 crashed in Grådyb 27/8-1944

P 51D-5-NA 44-13991 crashed in the North Sea 20 miles WSW of Blåvand 27/8-1944

 

 

 

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