Airwar over Denmark

Airwar over Denmark

 By Søren C. Flensted


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B 17G 42-102565 hit by flak near Kiel 30/8-1944

The aircraft belonged to USAAF, 8 Air Force, 398 Bomb Group, 601 Bomb Squadron
T/o:  AAF Station 131 Nuthampstead. OP: Kiel

After having dropped bombs on target, the aircraft was hit by flak in number 1 engine and smoke and fire started. Pilot 1st Lt William A. McCarty called up and said for everybody in the nose to get out and go back to the waist. Navigator 2nd Lt Darrell H. Argubrights earphone pulled out so he only heard the first of what the pilot said and jumped out of the aircraft. His parachute opened at about 22.000 ft and he was seen to float down through the clouds. At that time the aircraft was over Kiel Bay, about half way between Kiel and the Danish island of Ærø.

The rest of the crew stayed with the aircraft and landed back at base.

They were: Pilot 1st Lt William A. McCarty, Co-Pilot 1st Lt Charles B Weeks, Togglier S/Sgt Frank A. Yarmoski, Engineer/ Gunner T/Sgt Larry A. Ruth, Radio / Gunner T/Sgt David E. Haight, Waist Gunner S/Sgt Joseph P. Adelman, Ball Turret Gunner S/Sgt Robert D. McMichael and Tail Gunner S/Sgt Ralph W. Hall.

On 26/9-1944 the death body of Navigator 2nd Lt Darrell H. Argubright was found at Hellenor, Magleby Parish and on 27/9-1944 he was laid to rest in Magleby Churchyard.

In 1948 his remains was transferred to Luxembourg American Cemetery where he now rest in Plot D, Row 8 Grave 4.


   (Via Finn Buch)




   (Bent Löve)




Sources: MACR 8457 via Finn Buch, Magleby Parish Protocol.


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