On 4-Mar-43 in B-17F 41-24512 'Rose O' Day', 91BD/322BS while serving as Co-Pilot the aircraft sustained damage from repeated attacks by fighters on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Hamm, Germany. The aircraft crashed into North Sea just west of the tip of Texel Isalnd, Holland. The crew baled out but most landed in the water and were lost in the sea. The ferry boat 'Dr Wagemaker' rescued him from the North Sea and he became a Prisoner of War (POW). According to NARA, he was in Stalag Luft 3 and then moved to Nuremberg 49-11
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
Assigned 322BS/91BG [LG-N] Bangor 1-Sep-42; Bassingbourn 29-Sep-42; Missing in Action (MIA) 7+m Hamm 4-Mar-43. Aircraft sustained repeated attacks by fighters and crashed into the North Sea just of the southern tip of Texel Island, Holland. The crew...
4 March 1943
After several weather-caused aborted attempts in attacking the marshalling yards at Hamm, Germany, the 8th Air Force is finally successful in attacking this target. A total of 71 B-17s are despatched: 91BG (20); 303BG (18); 305BG (12) amd 306BG (21)....
Military site : airfield
Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents (http://www.towermuseumbassingbourn.co.uk/) , Bassingbourn opened in 1938 as part of the RAF's pre-war expansion programme. The RAF continued to use it until late in 1942 when its long...
|Prisoner of War (POW)
||4 March 1943 – 12 June 1945
Held at Stalag Luft 3, Sagan-Silesia (now Poland) moved to Nuremberg-Langwasser. Oifficially Returned to Military Control (RMC) 12-Jun-45.