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Richard Lee Summers

Military

Most significant experience occurred on 16 February 1945 as consequence of bombing mission of Gelsenkirchen oil refinery. Because of flak damage to aircraft during and following bomb run, we were unable to return to England and were forced to ditch in the North Sea about 10 miles off Holland. The aircraft broke in two just aft of radio room. The 9-man crew survived the ditching and subsequent very cold and wet exposure for over 12 hours until washing ashore at a German coastal installation near Haarlem, Holland. All became Prisoner of War (POW) until liberated by U. S. Forces from Stalag VIIA at Mooseberg, Germany on 29 April 1945. Plane was B-17 'Carrie B' #4338187

Service

People

  • Jeff Donalson

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Most significant experience occurred on 16 February 1945 as consequence of bombing mission of Gelsenkirchen oil refinery. Because of flak damage to aircraft during and following bomb run, we were unable to return to England and were forced to ditch in...

  • Michael Gagich

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Most significant experience occurred on 16 February 1945 as consequence of bombing mission of Gelsenkirchen oil refinery. Because of flak damage to aircraft during and following bomb run, we were unable to return to England and were forced to ditch in...

  • Jack Harrington

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Most significant experience occurred on 16-Febr-45 as consequence of bombing mission of Gelsenkirchen oil refinery. Because of flak damage to aircraft during and following bomb run, we were unable to return to England and were forced to ditch in the...

  • Gerald Harvey

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 401st Bomb Group
    Most significant experience occurred on 16 February 1945 as consequence of bombing mission of Gelsenkirchen oil refinery. Because of flak damage to aircraft during and following bomb run, we were unable to return to England and were forced to ditch in...

  • William Jeffers

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 401st Bomb Group
    Most significant experience occurred on 16 February 1945 as consequence of bombing mission of Gelsenkirchen oil refinery. Because of flak damage to aircraft during and following bomb run, we were unable to return to England and were forced to ditch in...

  • Adelbert Shereck

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Most significant experience occurred on 16 February 1945 as consequence of bombing mission of Gelsenkirchen oil refinery. Because of flak damage to aircraft during and following bomb run, we were unable to return to England and were forced to ditch in...

  • William Streuter

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Most significant experience occurred on 16 February 1945 as consequence of bombing mission of Gelsenkirchen oil refinery. Because of flak damage to aircraft during and following bomb run, we were unable to return to England and were forced to ditch in...

  • Charles Wilson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Most significant experience occurred on 16 February 1945 as consequence of bombing mission of Gelsenkirchen oil refinery. Because of flak damage to aircraft during and following bomb run, we were unable to return to England and were forced to ditch in...

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Units served with

  • 401st Bomb Group

    401st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 401st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deenethorpe, Northamptonshire, from November 1943 to June 1945. Starting their missions at that time meant the focus was very much on the coming invasion attempt of France planned for the following...

  • 613th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 43-38187 'Carrie B II'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 5/7/44; Kearney 14/7/44; Dow Fd 3/8/44; Assigned 613BS/401BG [IN-C] Deenethorpe 27/8/44. Hit by Flak. Missing in Action on the 16 February 1945 mission to the Minster-Stein coke oven plant, in the Dortmund area. Pilot Jeff N....

Missions

  • 833

    16 February 1945

Associated Place

  • Deenethorpe

    Military site : airfield
    Deenethorpe was a base purpose-built for American heavy bombers, with the Class A regulation 2,000 and 1,400-yard runways. All the buildings on site,such as the accommodation and administrative blocks, were temporary. In December 1943, several local...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Ohio, United States 16 October 1924
Enlisted Camp Blanding, Florida, United States 27 February 1943
Prisoner of War (POW) IJmuiden,The Netherlands 16 February 1945

POW
Stalag XIII D Nuremberg-Langwasser - Stalag VII A Moosburg. NARA WWII POW database : "Returned to Allied Military Control 17/10/1945"...

Died Gulfport, Mississippi, United States 11 March 2005
Lived in Miami, Florida, United States

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
30 July 2015 12:27:44 ED-BB Changes to events
Sources

NARA WWII Enlistment records
NARA WWII POW records

Date Contributor Update
30 July 2015 10:32:13 ED-BB Changes to person associations, place associations and mission associations
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added link to other crew members

Date Contributor Update
30 July 2015 10:30:11 ED-BB Changes to middlename, service number and events
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MACR 12246

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:22:42 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

8th AF News, December 2000 MACR 12446, http://www.401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=1913 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 12446 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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