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Frederick J Gerritz


Evadee. Shot down by fighters and crashed at Mijenaleck on 8/15/44 in B-24 'Lady Lighting' #42-52597
Evaded Capture



  • John Suchiu

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by fighters and crashed at Mijenaleck in B-24 'Lady Lighting' #42-52597

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    466th Bomb Group

    The 466th Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators from Attlebridge, Norfolk, during the last year of the war in Europe. The Group flew 232 missions in the course of the year and celebrated the 100th one by inviting local people onto the base to mark the...

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  • 42-52597 Lady Lightning

    B-24 Liberator
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  • Attlebridge

    Military site : airfield
    Attlebridge was constructed for RAF use and completed to that standard in 1942. However, with news that it was to be assigned to the American Air Force, the runways were extended and additional hardstandings and outbuildings constructed for the heavy...


Event Location Date
Born Buffalo, NY, USA 19 August 1923
Enlisted Buffalo, NY, USA 20 January 1943
Shot Down 8351 Wapserveen, Netherlands 15 August 1944
Evaded Capture 8338 Willemsoord, Netherlands 15 August 1944 – 18 April 1945

E S C A P E - A N D - E V A S I O N - R E P O R T
On 15 Aug 1944 T/Sgt. Gerritz was on a mission to bomb an airport at Vechta, Germany (W-3860)
On the return trip the plane was attacked by ME 109's and the crew was forced to bail out
Sgt. Gerritz landed near Havelte, Holland (Z-9965). He evaded capture by the enemy and returned to Allied control on 13 Apr 1945 at Steenwijk, Holland (Z-9168).
He was an evader for a period of 239 days.

Following is a list of his helpers:

FRANZ DUVON [GJALT DUPON], Steenwijkerwold, Holland, (Z-9168)
Provided coveralls, a place to hide until night, a bicycle and two guides to take him to next stop.
5'11", dark hair, dark complexion, 170 lbs, 28 yrs. 17 Aug 1944 for one day.
Gjalt Dupon - born 23 Sep 1893 - died 9 Apr 1963, Meppel - Age 69
Husband of Ms. Hiltje de Vries (wife) - born 13 Nov 1894 - died 02 Nov 1985 - Age 90
Steenwijkerwold should be Frederiksoord

HARRY BENNIK [HENDRIKUS BENNIK], Rijksstraatweg No. 1 A, Willemsoord, Holland (Z-8871)
Provided food and shelter for one day, 18 Aug 1944. Storekeeper in Willemsoord
Manufacturing Store at "de Witte Paarden"
Hendrikus Bennik - born 19 Dec 1893 - died 26 Nov 1959 - Age 66
Husband of Ms. Rembertha H. Luiken (wife) - born 13 May 1897 - died 03 Jul 1985 - Age 88
Sons of Hendrikus Bennik are Nico (1921), Theo, Antoon and Harry Bennik (b. Jan 1932)
"We did have a total of 6 Airmen in our house, Gerritz, Rye and Borst are the names I do remember.
Also familiy of Jim Tozer (KIA 23 Jun 1940) did visit our parents after the war
A photo of Irishman Jim Tozer was hanging in our cafe in Gelderingen" - info Harry Bennik - 12 Oct 2010
23rd Jun 1940 - near Willemsoord - Blenheim R3688 - OM-? - crew (3) Esson, Tozer and Murchison - all KIA

JOH VAN GLEEN [JOHANNES VAN SLEEN], Rijksstraatweg 273, Willemsoord, Holland (Z-88171)
Provided two meals, 19 Aug 1944. Passed on to next stop.
Johannes van Sleen - born 11 Jun 1904 - died 03 Sep 1986 - Age 84
Husband of Ms. Geertje Pit (wife) - born 21 Aug 1907 - died 15 Mar 1991 - Age 83
Neighbours of the Bennik family - info Lucas van Sleen (son) (b.1932) - 10 Oct 2010

House was named "Laanzicht"
Provided food and shelter. Sgt. Gerritz was housed in a tent in a woods near her home and only went to her house for a bath. 19 Aug to 11 Sep 1944. A widow, 65 yrs., 5'6", 160 lbs., white hair.
Janneke (Janna) Ibelings, widow of Jan van Vollenhoven, born 05 Dec 1917 - died 30 Oct 2006 - Age 88
widow, 65 yrs. = Mrs. Ibelings (mother of Janneke), owner of "Laanzicht"

WILLIAM HOL [WILLEM HOL], Willemsoord, Holland (Z-8871)
Provided food, shelter and clothing for 7½ months, 11 Sep 1944 to 18 Apr 1945.
Game warden in the district of "Landgoed de Eese"
5'8", 155 lbs., 49 yrs, dark hair and mustache.
Weintje Hol (wife) - Teunis Hol (son)
C. STEGINK [CORNELIS STEGINK], Markt 19, Steenwijk, Holland (Z-9168)
Underground agent in Steenwijk area. Supplied civilian clothes, some tobacco.
Visited Sgt. Gerritz several times and advised him of the Allies progress.
Cornelis Stegink - born 13 Mar 1913 - died 16 Jan 1996 - Age 85

- info 22 April 1945 - Escape and Evasion report #2973 -
Additional info via drs. Henk Spreen - 02 Oct 2010 - PATS


Date Contributor Update
20 March 2020 19:26:09 jmoore43 Changes to biography and events

Added a "-" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity.
Added puncuation to the "Description" of the "Evaded Capture" event.

Date Contributor Update
02 July 2016 02:55:50 466thHistorian Changes to biography

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
11 July 2015 02:02:02 466thHistorian Changes to service number, highest rank, events, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations

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Date Contributor Update
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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 8428 & Page 274 in the book SECOND AIR DIVISION by Turner Publishing Co, 1998 edition