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43-37909

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 3/6/44; Kearney 16/6/44; Grenier 30/6/44; Assigned 832BS/486BG [3R-B] Sudbury 3/7/44; 3m Missing in Action Hamburg 4/8/44 with Harvey Walthall, Co-pilot: Bill Myers, Bombardier: Howard Graham, Radio Operator: Ken Faber, Ball turret gunner: Jim Danno, Waist gunner: Bill Dold,Tail gunner: Bill Lambertus (all seven shot by Pvt Erich Langer, whose relatives had been killed in other US raids on Hamburg, the incident designated as murder); Navigator: Quentin Ingerson, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Kazmer Rechak (2 Prisoner of War); flak & mid air coll with 43-38145, force landed Nordstrand, Borkum, near Rotenburg, Germany.

B-17 43-37909, was hit by flak, nosed over and collided with another plane. After landing the remaining 7 crew members were captured ordered to march through the town of Borkum, with their hands up. During this march they were abused and assaulted by civilians. A German soldier, a private of the Wehrmacht, who had lost his family during an earlier raid on Hamburg, heard of the column of American airmen making its way through town. He was filled with rage and saw an opportunity to avenge the deaths of his wife and three children. He shot all 7 men, without being intervened by the guards that accompanied the crew.

Missing Air Crew Report 7711.

Service

Aircraft

  • 43-38145

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 30/6/44; Kearney 11/7/44; Grenier 17/7/44; Assigned 832BS/486BG [3R-N] Sudbury 18/7/44; {4m} Missing in Action Hamburg 4/8/44 with Leland Harper, Co-pilot: Harry Scully (2 Prisoner of War); Navigator: Hugh White, Bombardier:...

Units

  • 486th Bomb Group

    486th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 486th Bomb Group flew both B-24s and B-17s, swapping from the former aircraft to the latter in late July 1944 after 49 missions. In total the Group flew 292 missions during the war and remarkably the 834th Bomb Squadron lost no aircraft or...

  • 832nd Bomb Squadron

People

  • James Danno

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 486th Bomb Group
    Hit by flak had mid air collision and crashed at Rotenberg in B-17 #43-37909, Killed in Action (KIA).

  • William Dold

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 486th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Hit by flak had mid air collision and crashed at Rotenberg in B-17 43-37909. Dold was a student at Notre Dame University, class of of 1945 if he had stayed in school. William F. Dold enlisted on 21 November 1942.

  • Kenneth Faber

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 486th Bomb Group
    Hit by flak, had mid air collision and crashed at Rotenberg in B-17 #43-37909. Killed in Action (KIA)

  • Howard Graham

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 486th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Hit by flak and had mid air collision and crashed at Rotenberg in B-17 43-37909.

  • Quentin Ingerson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 486th Bomb Group
    Hit by flak and had mid air collision and crashed at Rotenberg on 8/4/44 in B-17 #43-37909. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • William Lambertus

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 486th Bomb Group
    Hit by flak had mid air collision and crashed at Rotenberg in B-17 #43-37909, Killed in Action (KIA).

  • William Myers

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 486th Bomb Group
    Hit by flak, had mid air collision and crashed at Rotenberg in B-17 #43-37909. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Kazmer Rechak

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 486th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Hit by flak and had mid air collision and crashed t Rotenberg on 8/4/44 in B-17 #4337909 POW

  • Harvey Walthall

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 486th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA). hit by flak had mid air collision and crashed at Rotenberg in B-17 43-37909.

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 4 August 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
19 May 2019 00:12:39 phil marchese Changes to markings
Sources

AAM image.
FREEMAN, R. ; ....Story
FLYING FORTRESS 1936 1945

Date Contributor Update
12 December 2018 11:12:31 general ira snapsorter Changes to description, events and aircraft associations
Sources

Michel Beckers - http://www.ww2crashsiteresearch.com/

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:24 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 7711 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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