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B 17F 42-30336 landed at Nørholm Gods near Varde 9/10-1943
Pilot 1. Lt. Glyndon D. Bell
Bombardier 2.Lt Joseph E. Ostermann
Co.Pilot 2.Lt Arnold P. Martin
Howard and Villareal were not on this mission.
Co.Pilot 2.Lt Arnold P. Martin, Navigator 2.Lt Frank L. Bachman, Bombardier 2.Lt Joseph E. Ostermann, Top Turret Gnr. T/Sgt Henry P. Elliott, Ball Turret Gnr. S/Sgt Harold Rudick, Tail Gnr. S/Sgt Albert W. Spencer Jr., Left Waist Gnr. Sgt. John Edli, Right waist Gnr. S/Sgt Marshall F. Bryan, Arial Photographer T/Sgt Charlton K. Browning and Radio Op. T/Sgt Lloyd E. Rodemar all landed safely and were all captured just after landing by German troops. They had all landed in the area of Oksbøl not far from the German barracks. Co-Pilot Arnold Martin and Bombardier Joe Ostermann came down together and went to a farmers house where they were hidden. However the farmer became nervous with the Germans in the area looking for the flyers and turned them in.
They were sent to Nuremburg for interrogation and afterwards Martin was sent to Stalag Luft III Sagan. In January and February 1945 he was on a forced march from Stalag III to Stalag VIIA Moosburg where he was liberated by the American troops on April 29 1945.
“Miss Nonalee II” at Nørholm Estate
On 24/10 Bell was sailed to Sweden and on 29/12 1943 he was back in England. After interrogation he returned to Great Ashfield on 9/1.1944.
was then transferred to China where he flew fighter. When the Air Force after
the war was separated from the Army Bell choose the Army and serviced in Japan,
Korea and Germany. He retired in 1962 with the rank of Major and died in 1999
"Miss Nonalee" under new management
Sources: Bell E&E report, Ølgod Museum yearbook 1992, “Strangers in a strange
land” by H. H. Stapfer, LBUK, FB, Patricia Martin.
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