Airwar over Denmark

Airwar over Denmark

 By Søren C. Flensted


1939-1940 Updated 12/6-24
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B 17F 42-3187 crashed the Baltic Sea south of Langeland 13/6-1943.

The aircraft belonged to USAAF, 8 Air Force, 94 Bomb Group, 410 Bomb Squadron and was coded GL-?
T/o Rougham. OP: Kiel.

Top turret gunner S/Sgt Charles L. Hale left the aircraft in parachute and was picked up from the Baltic Sea south of the island of Langeland by a Danish ship. This had been observed by the Germans and the Danes were commanded to hand him over. He ended the war as a POW.

On 30/7 the body of Co pilot 2nd Lt Wilson Brown found washed ashore on the beach of Fuglsbølle Sønderskov on the island of Langeland. He was laid to rest in Magleby cemetery on 31/7-1943. His body was disinterred in 1948 and today he rests in USA.

Pilot 2nd Lloyd Weldon, Navigator 2nd Lt Robert Curtis, Radio operator T/Sgt Willis Rosenberger, Ball gunner S/Sgt Riggie Beadle, Right waist gunner S/Sgt Harry R. Pyle and Left waist gunner S/Sgt Samuel L. Collins have no known grave and their names are found on Tablets of the Missing at Cambridge American Cemetery, Cambridge, England.

Bombardier 2nd Lt Quinton Williams and Rear gunner S/Sgt John S. Gonzales is believed to rest in USA.






Sources: LBUK, Gunnar Kjær Mortensen, ABMC.


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