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Zegelsem

Crash site

Detailed history

On 9 August 1944 B-17 (serial number 42-102645) was attacked by enemy aircraft and forced to land near Zegelsem in Belgium.

Of the crew flying the aircraft John Dubinskas and John Waldren were killed in the plane. Pilot Clayton Child was captured and survived the war. Jerry McEldowney and Grady Lucas were also made prisoner but they died in captivity, most probably during a forced march in the winter of 1945. Four men managed to evade capture : Henry Colt, Harold Kilmer, Andrew Kuhn and Kenneth French.

A memorial to the crew was established on 20 August 2017.

Connections

People

  • Clayton Child

    Military | Flight Officer | Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Flight Officer Clayton Child was Pilot of B-17 #42-102645, shot down by fighters and force-landed at Zegelsem, Belgium on 9 August 1944. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Henry Colt

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Evaded (EVD). Shot down by fighters on 9 Aug 1944 and crashed at Zegelsem (Segelsen) in B-17 42-102645.

  • John Dubinskas

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by fighters and crashed at Segelsen in B-17 #42102645

  • Kenneth French

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Evaded (EVD) Shot down by fighters and crashed at Segelsen o 8/9/44 in B-17 #42102645

  • Harold Kilmer

    Military | Flight Officer | Bombardier | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Harold F. Kilmer was hidden from the Germans by the resistance for a month and was able to join a U.S. Army unit and then traveled to Paris before returning to England. Harry stayed in touch with his Belgium friends until they passed away and was able...

  • Andrew Kuhn

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Evaded (EVD) Shot down by fighters and crashed at Segelsen on 8/9/44 in B-17 #42102645

  • Grady Lucas

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Killed in Action (KIA). Shot down by fighters and crashed at Segelsen in B-17 42-102645

  • John Waldren

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by fighters and crashed at Segelsen in B-17 #42-102645

Aircraft

  • 42-102645

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 22 March 1944; Kearney 14 April 1944; Grenier 29 April 1944; Assigned 365BS/305BG [XK- ] Chelveston 14 May 1944. Missing in Action Karlsruhe 9 August 1944. Pilot: Clayton E. Child; Co-pilot: Kenneth V. French; Navigator: Henry F....

Missions

  • 553

    14 August 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 August 2018 11:00:33 Emily Created entry with name, known as, latitude, longitude, history, person associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Information provided by Kris Van Daele

Information from record for 42-102645

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