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Monument to American Flyers, Dwingeloo

Crash site

Detailed history

On 11 January 1944, B-24 (serial number 41-28593) nicknamed "Prodigal Son" was shot down by German night fighters and crash landed in a meadow near Dwingeloo, Netherlands. 5 members of the crew were killed in the incident.

A Memorial was erected in 1990 to the fallen airmen, comprised of a Norwegian rock of granite, and a black impala-granite plaque. The boulder is surrounded by a low, square hedge.

The plaque lists the following text.

On January 11, 1944 are collapsed U.S. B-24 Liberator bomber "The Prodigal Son" down which the crew members listed below were killed:

Harold E. White
Jim Biggerstaff
Raymond L. Thurber
Harvey E. Smith
Willard R. Malwitz

The monument is located on the corner Holtien / Dwingelerveld current in Dwingeloo (Westerveld Municipality).

The creation of the memorial was initiated by the Stichting Dwingels Eigen.

Connections

People

  • Jim Biggerstaff

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 448th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on mission to Brunswick on 11 Jan 1944 in B-24H #41-28593. Killed in Action (KIA). Purple Heart

  • John Hilton

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 448th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on mission to Brunswick on 11 Jan 1944 in B-24H #41-28593. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Conrad Holzgraf

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 448th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on mission to Brunswick on 11 Jan 1944 in B-24H #41-28593. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Willard Malwitz

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 448th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on mission to Brunswick on 11 Jan 1944 in B-24H #41-28593. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Issac O'Dell

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 448th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on mission to Brunswick on 11 Jan 1944 in B-24H 41-28593. Prisoner of War.

  • Donald Schumann

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 448th Bomb Group
    Donald C. Schumann. 2nd Lieutenant 448 BG, 2nd div. 8th air force. Pilot of a B-24 "Prodigal Son". Shot down at Lheebroek, Netherlands by Luftwaffe fighter pilots. He and some of his crew parachuted out of the burning plane. By the time he jumped from...

  • Donald Schumann

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 448th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on mission to Brunswick on 11 Jan 1944 in B-24H #41-28593. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Harvey Smith

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 448th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on mission to Brunswick on 11 Jan 1944 in B-24H #41-28593. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Raymond Thurber

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 448th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on mission to Brunswick on 11 Jan 1944 in B-24H #41-28593. Killed in Action (KIA).

Aircraft

  • 41-28593 'The Prodigal Son'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 712BS, 448BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Brunswick, shot down by fighters 11-Jan-44. 5 x KIA, 5 x POW. MACR 2519.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 May 2015 11:06:28 Emily Created entry with name, latitude, longitude, history, person associations and aircraft associations
Sources

Information provided by Dorris Buhr,

Memorial page on Waymarking

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