Fell out of formation after bombing target at Diepholz, GR on 21 Feb 1944 with trouble in one engine just before bombing and unable to feather the prop B-17GSH #42-30280 'Crazy Horse' of 482BG/812BS fell behind. The Boeing was attached by Fw 190 of Sturmstaffel 1. Ball gunner Henri Raemer shot the fighter down. Later another engine fell out, yet again the prop couldn't be feathered. B-17 42-30280 crashed in lake IJsselmeer near Horst/Ermelo the Netherlands. Killed in Action (KIA).
1Lt. Holcombe kept a/c in level flight to allow the crew to bale out, all bailed out over land between Vierhouten and Ermelo.1LT Holcombe landed in the water and drowned. He was found by a Tijmen de Graaf fisherman of Bunschoten on April 28th, 1944. He was first buried in Amersfoort at the cemetery 'Rusthof' and moved to the American cemetery at Margraten on 11 March 1946, section H, row 6, grave 4.
AM w/Oak Leaf Cluster
Units served with
The 482nd Bomb Group was a Pathfinder Group, which using radar-equipped aircraft to support bombing missions until March 1944. Aircraft from this Group went ahead of other Bombers and sent information back about the best routes to take and the extent...
The 95th Bomb Group was the only Eighth Air Force Group to be awarded three Distinguished Unit Citations. The first, shared by all four Bomb Wing Groups, was for the bombing of an aircraft factory under intense enemy fire at Regensburg on 17 August...
B-17 Flying Fortress
Delivered Boeing (by land) 17/6/43 (H2X); Wright Fd 5/7/43; Rome 21/7/43; Patterson 3/8/43; Kansas City 8/8/43; Gd Island 22/9/43; Assigned 812BS/482BG [MI-L] Alconbury 30/9/43; Missing in Action Brunswick 21/2/44 with Capt Gerald Binks (Com P, evd....
Military site : airfield
Alconbury had been constructed as a satellite airfield for RAF Upwood and Wyton and was used by RAF Squadrons: Nos. 15, 40 and 156. In preparation for the arrival of American heavy bombers, the base was developed in 1942 with the runways extended. When...
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