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People gather around B-17 (TU-B/42-31612). The aircraft was shot down by flak on February 22nd 1944 on its way back from Aschersleben (Junkers Airplane Works) near "Gut Muthagen"/Geilenkirchen.

CREW: Lt. William H. Ritzema (POW), Lt. Paul D. Straw (POW), Lt. Robert V. Shuss (POW), Lt. Lorin A. Wolfe (POW), S/Sgt/ Richard H. Stewart (POW), Sgt. Frank De Marco (KIA), Sgt. John H. Zundel (POW), Sgt. Octavio A. Duran (POW), Sgt. William H. Leach (POW), Sgt. Donald C. Pearson (POW).

With permission of the Stadtarchive of Übach-Palenberg/Jürgen Klosa.
From the German Magazine ‘Fliegerblatt’ edition 6 in 2018 (page 140)
it shows that this picture was made by Mr Heinz Ruland. At the time of the crash he was 14 years old.



  • 42-31612

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Mid Continental Airways Modification Center, Denver 28/11/43; Kearney 17/12/43; Syracuse 2/1/44; Presque Is 4/1/44; ...


Date Contributor Update
22 May 2019 10:48:35 wimhm.slangen Changes to caption

Wim Slangen

Date Contributor Update
24 April 2019 13:19:18 general ira snapsorter Changes to caption

This image is from a German Magazine ‘Fliegerblatt’ edition 6 in 2018 (page 140).
It was taken by Mr. Heinz Ruland, who was 14 years old at the time of the crash.

(Information from Wim Slangen).

Date Contributor Update
23 August 2016 12:20:53 Lucy May Created entry with caption and aircraft associations

From Mr Jürgen Klosa from Bosscheln/Ubach Palenberg/Germany via Wim Slangen (