Date: 1944 Mar 08/08 A/C Type: B-24 H  Liberator SN: 42-99975 Code: A/C Nickname: Yankee-Rebel Harmony
 File: 245 Airforce: USAAF Sqn/Unit: 389 BG - 564 BS Mission/Raid: Berlin
1 Pilot F/O John M. Kendrick     WIA/POW/Repatr. 9 RWG S/Sgt James C. Graham  evd. POW Antw.
2 Co-pilot 2Lt. Steven P. Judd      KIA. Buried Wartena 10 TG S/Sgt Anthony J. De Benedictus   evd. POW Antw.
3 Nav. 2Lt. Allen E. Seamans     evd. POW Belgium 11    
4 B 2Lt. Robert H. Owen      evd. POW Belgium 12    
5 E T/Sgt John W. Owens    evd. POW Belgium? 13    
6 RO T/Sgt Stanley F. Stancziewicz   Friesland 14    
7 BTG S/Sgt William E. Mineer       Friesland 15    
8 LWG S/Sgt Robert R. Sherman   Friesland 16                    

On return from Berlin flew on two engines, but petrol tanks were punctured and aircraft had to bellyland southeast Leeuwarden at Eernewoude. Alongside Prinses Margriet Canal at Wartena. Crew of 11 men.

Pilot selected an empty meadow for the belly landing, but unfortunally hit an 'American wind motor' during the slide (image below). This severly damaged the cockpit and wounded both pilots. Co-pilot 2Lt. Steven P. Judd died within an hour underway to hospital. Pilot John Kendrick had both legs amputated. The other crew were helped underground by the resistance. First they stayed in Drachten. It seems that three men remained in hiding in Friesland (Zuidwesthoek) until the end of the war in this area, end of April 1945. These three were sergeants Stancziewicz, Mineer and Sherman.

The others did not make it to Brussels, the start of the Comete-line, but were arrested in Antwerp and northern Belgium around 11 August 1944. The evadees do not appear on the Kingma-list, the Peter van den Hurk-list (Meppel), not on the Otten Family-list (Erp) and not on the Poels Family-list (Zwarte Plak, America). 

Three pictures of the crash:

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