Airwar over Denmark

Airwar over Denmark

 By Søren C. Flensted


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B 17F 42-31084 crashed in the North Sea on 20/12-1943.

The aircraft belonged to USAAF, 8 Air Force 388 Bomb Group, 561 Bomb Squadron.
T/O Knettishall. OP: Bremen.

The aircraft is believed to have crashed into Helgoland Bay after being hit by flak at approx. 12:15 hours.

Pilot 1.Lt Kenneth Eccleston, Navigator Lt John Dorsett, Top Turret Gunner T/Sgt David F. Holliman, Radio Operator T/Sgt George B. Doyle Jr. and Tail Gunner Sgt Charles A. Bein have no known grave and their names are found on Tablets of the Missing at Cambridge American Cemetery, Cambridge, England.

The dead body of Bombardier 2.Lt Thomas Leo Toolin was found washed ashore near Emmerlev Klev on 19/7-1944. On 21/7 1944 he was laid to rest in Højer cemetery by an officer and two privates from the Wehrmacht without ecclesiastical assistance.
His remains were disinterred on 27/4 1948 and were evacuated to the American Cemetery at Neuville en Condron in Belgium by the US military.

Co-Pilot 2.Lt Peter K. Schou and Right waist Gunner S/Sgt Ivan Clark Jr. today rest in the American War Cemetery at Neupre in Belgium while Ball Turret Gunner S/Sgt Joseph J. Molinari and Left Waist S/Sgt David Ceely rest in USA.


   (Via Finn Buch)

Bombardier 2.Lt Thomas Leo Toolin


   (Via Finn Buch)

Bombardier 2.Lt Thomas Leo Toolin


                  (Via Finn Buch)

From the unveiling of the memorial






Source: Parish Register Højer, UA, FB.



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