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B 17F 42-30433 crashed east of Flensburg, Germany
The aircraft belonged to USAAF 8.Air Force, 94 Bomb Group, 410 Bomb Squadron and
was coded GL-U.
T/O Rougham. OP: Arnimswalde.
On the return flight a fire was raging the radio compartment of “Miss Donna
and Pilot 2.Lt Merrill D. Vaughan ordered the crew to bail out, which they did.
The aircraft crashed near Stoltebüll 4-5 kilometres north of Kappeln in Germany
at 14:15-14:30 hours.
Pilot 2.Lt Merrill D. Vaughan, Co-Pilot 2.Lt Robert F. Bogner, Navigator 2.LT
Gordon M. Allen and Bombardier 2.Lt Frank M. Howard landed close by and were
captured shortly after. After interrogation at Dulag Luft in Oberursel they were
sent to Stalag Luft I Barth.
So did Top Turret Gunner S/Sgt Raymond H. Johnston. His parachute had
malfunctioned and he was found dead on the ground with the rip cord in his hand.
He was laid to rest in “Friedenshuegel” cemetery in Flensburg. His remains were
disinterred after the war and were evacuated to the American cemetery at
Neuville en Condron in Belgium by the US military
The rest of the crew landed in the Baltic Sea east of Kappeln and died.
Radio Operator S/Sgt Robert J. Roberts, Right Waist Gunner Sgt Ralph T. Amemdola
and Left Waist Gunner Sgt Harold F. Manley have no known graves and their names
are found on Tablets of the Missing at Cambridge American Cemetery, Cambridge,
The body of Tail gunner Sgt Jess L. Ronalde is believed to have being resting in
Germany. Today he rest in USA.
The body of Ball Turret Gunner Sgt Thomas D. Roberts was found on 12/2 1945. The
location is not known but must have been on the southern part of the east coast
of Jylland. He was laid to rest in Fovrfelt cemetery in Esbjerg on 20/2 1945.
His remains were disinterred on 30/4 1948 and were evacuated to the American
cemetery at Neuville en Condron in Belgium by the US military.
Today he rest in
Sources: BE, FB, MACR, ABMC.
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