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B 17F 42-29675 crashed Langeland Bæltet 13/6-1943.
The aircraft belonged to USAAF, 8 Air Force, 95 Bomb Group, 336 Bomb Squadron
and was coded OE-S
T/O Framlingham. OP: Kiel.
Five bombers are reported to have been shot down by fighters between 09:33 and
09:43 hours near the islands of Langeland and Lolland while on a north westerly
The body of T/Sgt Richard L. Wilkinson being found washed ashore on the beach
between Fuglsang and Gottesgab near Kappel on the island of Lolland at approx. 10:00
to 11:00 hours on 13/6. He was dead from several gunshots thru the head and his
parachute was found not to have been deployed.
On 14/6 2nd Lt Edward A. Lawton was found near Rødbyhavn. He and Wilkinson were
laid to rest in Svinø cemetery on 17/6-1943.
2nd Lt Edwin R. Lewis Jr. was found near Nakskov on 24/6 and was laid to rest in
Svinø cemetery on 28/6-1943.
On 14/7 the body of S/Sgt Edward A. Myers was found washed ashore near Svinø. He
was laid to rest in Svinø cemetery on 17/7-1943.
All four were on 8/5-1948 disinterred and evacuated to the U.S. Military
Cemetery, Neuville-en-Condron in Belgium.
Today Wilkinson and Myers rest in USA. Lawton rest in Neuville-en-Condron while
Lewis rest in Luxemburg American Cemetery, Luxemburg.
Pilot 1st Lt William C. Adams rest in the Ardennes American Cemetery in
Neuville-en-Condron in Belgium.
Waist gunner Sgt Lester Conklin and Top turret gunner T/Sgt Simon E. Alojade
have no known graves and their names are found on Tablets of the Missing at
Cambridge American Cemetery, Cambridge, England.
It is believed that Navigator 2nd Victor T. Copeland, Waist gunner Sgt Floyd A.
Locke and Tail gunner S/Sg Robert M. Jennings Jr. rest in USA.
Sources: ABMC, AS 22-73, LBUK, BS, FB.
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