2Lt. John Richard “Dick” Vlymen, Jr, Co-Pilot on B17G 42-107076 563 Bomb Squadron, 388 Bomb Group. Target: the Focke-Wulf Aircraft factory at Poznan, Poland. 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. 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....
The 388th Bomb Group flew strategic bombing mission from Knettishall, Suffolk from June 1943 to the end of the war. During this time, though, detachments were sent to Fersfield, Norfolk to conduct Aphrodite missions. In these Aphrodite missions veteran...
Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
2Lt. John Richard “Dick” Vlymen, Jr, B17G 42-107076 563 Bomb Squadron, 388 Bomb Group took off from RAF Knettishall. Target: the Focke-Wulf Aircraft factory at Poznan, Poland.