11-Mar-44 Shot down by AA fire in B-17G 42-97484, 447BG/710BS while serving as Navigator. Aircraft crashed in the North Sea shore off Haamstede, Holland on a mission to Munster, Germany on 11 Mar 1944. Most aircrew landed on sandbank at low tide, but their pleas for help to German workers and soldiers as tide came in were ignored and they all drowned. After war searches for those responsible failed. Killed in Action MACR 3188.
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The 447th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses on strategic bombardment missions out of Rattlesden, Suffolk. With their first mission coming near the close of 1943, their main focus was hitting sites that would weaken enemy forces connected with a...
B-17 Flying Fortress
Delivered Denver 29-Nov-43; Kearney, Nebraska 15-Dec-43; Presque Isle, Maine 23-Dec-43; Assigned 710BS/447BG Rattlesden 4-Jan-44.
11 March 1944
This mission is compsed of two separate elements. The first element is despatched to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Munster, Germany as the primary target. The attack is made by B-17s from 1st Air Division. 3rd Air Division also sends B-17s to...
Military site : airfield
Built for the Eighth Air Force in 1942, Rattlesden had three concrete runways, 50 hardstandings and two dispersed T2 hangars. Intended to be a twin-engine B-26 bomber base, it was originally a satellite for nearby Rougham, and first occupied from...
||Sciotoville, Ohio, USA
|Killed in Action (KIA)
||4328 Haamstede, Netherlands
||11 March 1944
He baled out of the aircraft and landed on a sandbar with most of the rest of the crew. These pleaded with nearby civilians and German soldiers to rescue them as the tide was coming in. All ended up being drowned. His remains have never been recovered.