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Amos F Estrada


Shot down by fighters and crashed at Rothenklempenow on 6/21/44 in B-17 #446117 Killed in Action (KIA). The tail gunner, Sgt Estrada, had most possibly been hit in his position and and it s reported that he was first out. In jumping, he lost one of his boots, as he exited the escape hatch, in the rear of the aircraft. By the time he hit the ground, and the evidence seems to be that his parachute did open, he was dead. There is a suggestion that he was shot by an enemy fighter while descending! This is unlikely. He was buried in the Spanholtz Cemetery in Ruhlow, Germany. He lies now in the Ardennes Military Cemetery in Belgium. His boot remained in the plane and was recovered in July and August 1989, when 46117 was explored by underwater divers of the 5th International Divers' Expedition under patronage of ZHP (Polish Scouts' Association).


Units served with

  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    The 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated at Harding Field, Louisiana on 15-April-1942 and went to MacDill Field, Florida for the first phase of training from 16-May-1942 to 25-June-1942. The Group was then assigned to 2nd Air Force at Walla...

  • 322nd Bomb Squadron


  • 44-6117

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 6/5/44; Hunter 16/5/44; Dow Fd 24/6/44; Assigned 322BS/91BG [LG-Q] Bassingbourn 27/5/44. ...


Event Location Date
Lived in California, USA 1941
Died Germany 21 June 1944


Date Contributor Update
01 February 2019 16:05:19 Lord Morgan Changes to biography

Information supplied by Lord Morgan, researcher of this story. Husband of the niece of the Flight Engineer/top turret gunner S/Sgt Irwin Lewis. Published in a revised book for the Lewis Family (now under a second revision ( to be published in April 2019).
Title; The B-17 At The Bottom Of A Polish Lake - The Flight Engineer’s Story, a Resourceful Pilot and a Remarkable Plane. Brinley Morgan 2018.

Date Contributor Update
16 November 2017 09:55:14 Lucy May Changes to service number, biography and events

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:03:39 AAM AAM ingest

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