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Remains of American B-24 ~ #42-7554 “Tail End Charlie”
~ crashed into the cemetery in Mirns, Netherlands 22 DEC 1943

The story behind this ‘tea spoon holder’ is remarkable.

In 2011 Alexander Tuinhout & Douwe Drijver of the Stichting Missing Airmen Memorial Foundation (S.M.A.M.F.) traveled to New Zealand. They visited some Dutch Frisian emigrants who had moved to New Zealand in the 1950s.

In New Zealand, 20.000 km. (12, 430 miles) from their home (the Netherlands/Holland), they visited an elderly lady from Friesland.

She told them that she came from the village of Mirns. She was asked her if she remembered the crash of an American bomber in her childhood and she said yes she did.

She went into another room and took this little spoon-holder out of a closet. She told them that it is made from the aluminum of the American B-24 that crashed into the cemetery in Mirns.

Connections

Units

People

  • John Allen

    Military | First Lieutenant | B-24 Pilot
    B-24 - #42-7554 - 8th AF, 445th BG, 702nd BS - stationed in NOV 1943 at RAF Tibenham. ...

  • Erwin / Edwin Bevins Jr

    Military | First Lieutenant | B-24 Pilot
    B-24 - #42-7554 - 8th AF, 445th BG, 702nd BS - stationed in NOV 1943 at RAF Tibenham. ...

  • Anthony Destro

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier
    Assigned to 702BS, 445BG, 8AF, USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Netherlands in B-24 42-7554 22-Dec-43; crashed into the cemetery in Mirns, Friesland, Netherlands Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 15597 ...

  • John Elder

    Military | Technical Sergeant | B-24 ~ Engineer / Top Turret Gunner
    B-24 - #42-7554 - 8th AF, 445th BG, 702nd BS - stationed in NOV 1943 at RAF Tibenham. ...

  • Joseph Gill

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator
    B-24 - #42-7554 - 8th AF, 445th BG, 702nd BS - stationed in NOV 1943 at RAF Tibenham. ...

  • Harry Henry

    Military | Staff Sergeant | B-24 Asst Engineer & Waist Gunner
    B-24 - #42-7554 - 8th AF, 445th BG, 702nd BS - stationed in NOV 1943 at RAF Tibenham. ...

  • Everett Odom

    Military | Staff Sergeant | B-24 Tail Turret Gunner
    B-24 - #42-7554 - 8th AF, 445th BG, 702nd BS - stationed in NOV 1943 at RAF Tibenham. ...

  • James Owens

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | B-24 Waist Gunner
    B-24 - #42-7554 - 8th AF, 445th BG, 702nd BS - stationed in NOV 1943 at RAF Tibenham. ...

  • Joseph Pavelko

    Military | Staff Sergeant | B-24 Ball Turret Gunner
    B-24 - #42-7554 - 8th AF, 445th BG, 702nd BS - stationed in NOV 1943 at RAF Tibenham. ...

  • Oscar Robbins

    Military | Technical Sergeant | B-24 Radio Operator
    B-24 - #42-7554 - 8th AF, 445th BG, 702nd BS - stationed in NOV 1943 at RAF Tibenham. ...

Aircraft

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 March 2015 06:08:35 usafdo Created entry with caption
Sources

A. L. DESTRO II

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