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B 17F 42-29939 crashed in the Baltic Sea 11/4 1944.


The aircraft belonged to USAAF, 8 Air Force, 96 Bomb Group, 338 Bomb Squadron and was coded BX-X.
T/O Snetterton. OP: Poznan.


42-29939 was attacked by German fighters and crashed into the Baltic Sea not far from the island of Bornholm. Four crew members managed to bail out of the aircraft before the crash. Left waist gunner Sgt Wilfred A. Dennis landed in the sea and was picked up by a German patrol boat. He was taken to the captain and requested that the captain searched for survivors. He denied that, saying that he had to report back to port immediately. It is not known to which prisoner of war camp he was sent.

Also Right waist gunner S/Sgt Raymond F. Ritz, Tail gunner Sgt Burdette L. Borradaile and Ball turret gunner Sgt Owen L. Cantrell managed to get out but did not survive. They have no known graves and their names are found on Tablets of the Missing at Cambridge American Cemetery, Cambridge, England.

When the B 17 crashed seven men is believed to have been inside it. They were Pilot 2nd Lt William J. Young, Co-pilot 2nd Lt Thomas B. Hilton, Navigator 2nd Lt John A. Ashmead Jr., Bombardier 2nd Lt Orville L. Hayes, Engineer Sgt Ernest Weekes Jr., Radio operator S/Sgt Albertus T. Onsgard and Photographer S/Sgt Eugene H. Ryan.

On 7/8 the body of Thomas Hilton was washed ashore near Warnemünde and was laid to rest in Rostock-Warnemünde New cemetery on 8/8 1944. His remains were disinterred after the war and were evacuated to the American cemetery at Neuville en Condron in Belgium by the US military

On 8/8 1844 the body of an unknown flyer was laid to rest in Korsør cemetery on the island of Sjælland. After the war it was identified as being John Ashmead. His remains were disinterred on 29/4 1948 and were evacuated to the American cemetery at Neuville en Condron in Belgium by the US military.
 
Here can also be found the grave of William Young while the rest have no known graves and their names are found on Tablets of the Missing at Cambridge American Cemetery, Cambridge, England.

The location of the crash is given in the MACR. Based on the locations where Ashmead and Hilton were found the author of this home page will however expect it to be somewhere between the island of Lolland and Fehmarn / Warnemünde which is quite a bit more westerly.

 

 

Sources: MACR, ABMC, FAF
 

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