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
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...
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.
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