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Harland Vernon Sunde

Military

Pilot, Sunde crew. 381st BG, 535th BS. Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-17 #42-31097 'Mission Belle'. Mission #46 to the chemical plant at Leverkusen, Germany. MACR 1661. Killed in Action (KIA). Buried in the Netherlands AMC.
Minnesota
Upon ditching the aircraft in the Rhine there was only one rescue dinghy. F/O Sunde, who was wounded, refused it and began swimming for shore. He was last seen yelling for help with his head covered in blood.

Service

People

  • Claudio Carano

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator / Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Radio operator, Sunde crew. 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-17 #42-31097 'Mission Belle'. Mission #46 to the chemical factory at Leverkusen, Germany. MACR 1661. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft III and Stalag XIIID. Brooklyn, NY

  • Roger Christensen

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 381st Bomb Group
    Navigator, Sunde crew. 381st BG, 535th BS. Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-17 #42-31097 'Mission Belle'. Mission #46 to the chemical factory at Leverkusen, Germany. MACR 1661. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft 1. Marne, Iowa

  • Charles Culver

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    RWG, Sunde crew. 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. Former member of the 534th BS. Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-17 #42-31097 'Mission Belle'. Mission #46 to the chemical factory at Leverkusen, Germany. MACR 1661. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft III and...

  • William England

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner; Flight Engineer | 381st Bomb Group
    ETTG, Sunde crew. 381st BG, 535th BS. Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-17 #42-31097 'Mission Belle'. Mission #46 to the chemical factory at Leverkusen, Germany. MACR 1661. Prisoner of War at Stalag IXc and Luft 1. Texas

  • John Healy

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Tail gunner, Sunde crew. 381st BG, 535th BS. Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-17 #42-31097 'Mission Belle'. Mission #46 to the chemical factory at Leverkusen, Germany. MACR 1661. Killed in Action (KIA). Buried in the Ardennes AMC. ...

  • Carlton Josephson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    LWG, Sunde crew. 381st BG, 535th BS. Former member of the 533rd BS. On board "Mission Belle" - #42-31097 - Shot down 1 December 1943 - Mission #46 to the chemical factory at Leverkusen, Germany. MACR 1661. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft XV11B. ...

  • Doyle McCutchen

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Ball Turret Gunner, Sunde crew. 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. Shot down on 1 December 1943 on B-17 #42-31097 'Mission Belle'. Mission #46 to the chemical factory at Leverkusen, Germany. KIA (Killed in Action) - MACR 1661. ...

  • James Sweaney

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Co-pilot, Sunde crew. 381st BG, 535th BS. Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-17 #42-31097 'Mission Belle'. Mission #46 to the chemical factory at Leverkusen, Germany. MACR 1661. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft 1. Riverside, CA

  • O Tully

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 381st Bomb Group
    Bombardier, Sunde crew. 381st BG, 535th BS. Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-17 #42-31097 'Mission Belle'. Mission #46 to the chemical factory at Leverkusen, Germany. MACR 1661. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft 1. Guntersville, AL

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Units served with

  • 381st Bomb Group

    381st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 381st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Ridgewell, Essex between June 1943 and April 1945. The Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit Citations, the first for bombing shipyards at Bremen, whilst under heavy attack, on 8 October 1943 and...

  • 535th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-31097 Mission Belle

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 20/9/43; Gt Falls 12/10/43; Scott 18/11/43; assigned 401BG Deenethorpe 19/11/43; transferred 535BS/381BG Ridgewell 21/11/43; ...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 138

    26 November 1943
    The industrial areas of Bremen, Germany are the target for this massive mission (largest to date) of 505 B-17s which included 14 B-17 Pathfinders from 482BG spread among the B-17 formations - 13 of these completed the mission and 7 were damaged. ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 145

    1 December 1943
    This mission was directed at the industrial areas of Leverkusen and Solingen, Germany. The mission is composed of two elements. The first element is a combined force of 221 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division that included: 91BG (27); 92BG (18); 303BG (17);...

Associated Place

Events

Event Location Date
Born Minnesota, Unired States 1921
Enlisted Fort Snelling, Minnesota, United States 10 July 1940

as a Private in the Air Corps

Killed in Action (KIA) Nieuw-Lekkerland, Holland, The Netherlands 1 December 1943

According to the testimony of a crew member, when the aircraft was ditched, having only one serviceable dinghy, Lt Sunde refused to use it (probably so as not to overload it) and tried to swim to shore, but he drowned before that crewman could reach him. His body was recovered by the Germans when they searched the débris of the ditched plane some months after the crash.

Lived in Stevens County, Minnesota, United States
Buried

Plot O
Row 9
Grave 12

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
07 September 2018 02:08:24 ARowe95 Changes to media associations
Sources

USAAF Class Book Project ABMC American Cemeteries website

Date Contributor Update
07 September 2018 02:03:30 ARowe95 Changes to media associations
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USAAF Class Book Project ABMC American Cemeteries website

Date Contributor Update
07 September 2018 01:55:05 ARowe95 Changes to media associations
Sources

USAAF Class Book Project ABMC American Cemeteries website

Date Contributor Update
07 September 2018 01:51:54 ARowe95 Changes to media associations
Sources

USAAF Class Book Project ABMC American Cemeteries website

Date Contributor Update
22 December 2017 04:02:27 ARowe95 Changes to biography, events, place associations, mission associations and media associations
Sources

ARowe95

Date Contributor Update
14 December 2017 21:19:38 ARowe95 Changes to person associations
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ARowe95

Date Contributor Update
14 December 2017 21:11:30 ARowe95 Changes to biography, awards, person associations, place associations and mission associations
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ARowe95

Date Contributor Update
25 July 2015 10:08:33 ED-BB Changes to middlename, service number, biography and events
Sources

MACR 1661
NARA WWII Enlistment Records
ABMC website

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:11:51 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

381st Bomb Group Memorial Association, March 1999; MACR 1661 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 1661 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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