Frederick E Stindt


Object Number - UPL 23709 - This picture was taken at Ardmore Airforce Base Oklahoma 1944 before beginning posted to England. It contains eight members of the crew of B17...

Frederick E Stindt served as a pilot with the 860th Bomb Squadron of the 493rd Bomb Group.

Research by Jeff Coleman: Mission details supplied by 493rd BG Museum.
B-17 43-38568 took off from the 493rd Bomb Group’s Base at Debach near Woodbridge at 9.15am heading for Nuremburg Germany; immediately after take-off No 3 engine caught fire.

The pilot First Lieutenant Frederick E Stindt feathered the prop and extinguished the fire, but according to the pilot the engine fire quickly resumed and the right wing also began to burn. His course took him over Woodbridge so he had no opportunity to dump his bomb load.

His only hope was to ditch the plane in the River Deben, in shallow water. He managed to follow the River Deben searching for a suitable spot, which turned out to be a point almost opposite the quay at Ramsholt.

Sadly the waters were deeper than he thought and the plane immediately sank in eighteen feet of water, completely submerged only the tail fin remaining visible.

The aircraft was carrying a bomb load of 10 500lb bombs and 2,700 gallons of fuel. Only the pilot and engineer Top Sergeant Jewel K Haynes survived.

Lt Frederick Stindt Crew stayed pretty much all together on all their missions. Navigator Lt George Lacey left them after Mission 058 25th Nov 1944, and after a series of stand in navigators 2nd Lt Axel Johnson, who had retrained as Bombardier/Navigator, became the permanent one after Mission 101 15th Jan 1945. S/Sgt Francis Godfrey first joined the crew on Mission 105 21st Jan 1945 as waist gunner and Paul Hatalsky moved to the front as a Nose Gunner. Together they flew 7 Missions in 43-38216 Tempest Turner between 11th Nov 1944 & 11th Dec 1944, 8 Missions in 43-38613 Yard Bird between 24th Dec 1944 & 3rd Feb 1945. Missions were flown in other aircraft 43-38377 (1); 43-38311 (1) & 44-6818 (2).


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Units served with

The insignia of the 493rd Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment


  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Civilian
  • Nationality: British


  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Tempest Turner
  • Unit: 34th Bomb Group 493rd Bomb Group 18th Bomb Squadron 862nd Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: American Lady
  • Unit: 493rd Bomb Group 862nd Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Little Davey II
  • Unit: 493rd Bomb Group 861st Bomb Squadron 863rd Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Yard Bird



Event Location Date Description


Survived aircraft 43-38568 ditching

River Deben, United Kingdom 20 February 1945



Date7 Jan 2020 17:28:10
ContributorDarren Jelley

Corrections to Biography

493rd BG Archives

Date3 May 2018 17:15:41
ContributorJeff Coleman

Jeff Coleman

Date27 Sep 2014 18:10:25

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