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Plane used by Robert M Wertz (and crew) on crashed mission 2/16/1945 after successfully bombing Munster Railhead (2ndary target). Crashed on east side of Weeze, Germany.

Connections

Units

  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated on 3-Feb-1942 at Pendleton Field, Oregon. They assembled at Gowen Field, Idaho on 11-February 1942 where it conducted flight training until 12-Jun-1942. The Group then moved to Alamogordo Field, New...

  • 427th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Kenneth Bennett

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    Killed in Action (KIA) at Kleve in B-17 43-39081. Crashed on 16 Feb 45. After bypassing the primary target Langendreer(Synthetic Oil Refinery), crew was ordered to proceed to bomb secondary target the Munster rail-head. This plane was in the lead (of...

  • Walter Campbell

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed near Kleve on 16 Feb 45 in B-17 #43-39081. After bypassing the primary target Langendreer, Germany, crew was ordered to proceed to bomb secondary target the Munster railhead. This plane was in the lead and was shot down...

  • Melvin Durst

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
    Prisoner of War (POW). 23 missions. Shot down 16 Feb 1945 in AC #43-39081. After bypassing the primary target Langendreer because of smog, the crew was ordered to proceed to bomb secondary target at Munster railhead. This plane was in the lead and was...

  • Edward Giering

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator
    TSgt. during war. Was on 24th mission w/Wertz crew when shot down over Munster, Germany. Became POW. Freed by Patton's 3rd Army. ...

  • Kenneth Jensen

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed near (SE) Kleve on 16 Feb 45 in B-17 #43-39081 After bypassing the primary target Langendreer(synthetic oil refinery), because of smog, crew was ordered to proceed to bomb secondary target the Munster railhead. This plane...

  • Earl Minnis

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed near Kleve on 16 Feb 45 in B-17 #43-39081. After bypassing the primary target Langendreer(synthetic oil refinery) because of smog, crew was ordered to proceed to bomb secondary target the Munster railhead. This plane was...

  • John Price

    Military | Private First Class | Bombardier
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Kleve in B-17 43-39081 which crashed near Kleve on 16 Feb 45. After two passes over primary target Langendreer were unsuccessful (target was covered with smog), crew was ordered to proceed to bomb secondary target the...

  • Ralph Warne

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer; Top Turret Gunner
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Munster, Germany in B-17 #43-39081 which crashed near Kleve on 16 Feb 45. After bypassing the primary target Langendreer (due to smog), crew was ordered to proceed to bomb secondary target the Munster railhead. This plane...

  • Robert Wertz

    Military | Captain | Pilot
    Flew 24 missions before being shot down over Germany on 2/16/45. ...

Aircraft

  • 43-39081

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 25/11/44; Grenier 15/12/44; Assigned 427BS/303BG [GN-G] Molesworth 28/1/45; Missing in Action Minster Stein 16/2/45 with Pilot: Bob Wertz, Melvin Durst, Earl Minnis, Ed Giering, Ken Jensen, Walt Campbell (6 POW); John Price, Ralph...

Missions

  • 833

    16 February 1945

Locations

  • Molesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Molesworth was one of the early stations used by the Eighth Air Force in the UK, first occupied by the 15th Bomb Squadron’s Douglas Bostons in June 1942. Built in 1940 and extended and improved in 1942, Molesworth is most associated with the 303rd...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2016 21:53:15 John Wertz Changes to person associations
Sources

http://www.303rdbg.com/427wertz.html

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2016 21:41:58 John Wertz Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

http://www.303rdbg.com/427wertz.html

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