Date: 1943 Feb04/04 A/C Type: B-17F  Fortress SN: 41-24544 Code: A/C Nickname: Pennsylvania Polka
 File: 272 Airforce: USAAF Sqn/Unit: 91 BG - 323 BS Mission/Raid: Train yards Hamm, a/t Emden, Germany.
1 Pilot 1Lt. Alan L. Bobrow                     all crew MIA 9 Gunner Sgt. Charles E. Blackburn
2 CP 1Lt. John J. Sanders 10 Gunner Sgt. Edwin R. Campbell
3 Nav 1Lt. Everett L. Clinard Jr. 11    
4 B 1Lt. Norman L. Andrews 12    
5 E T/Sgt. Paul L. Bass 13    
6 RO T/Sgt. Cyril E. Curb 14    
7 Gunner S/Sgt. Bill J. Wheeler 15    
8 Gunner S/Sgt. Lewis J. Fredricks 16                    

One of the first raids on Germany by the USAAF. Target was obscured by clouds. The bomb groups turned north towards alternative target Emden. This aircraft was shot down by fighters and was lost in the North Sea 20km NW of West-Terschelling (Frisian Isle). Lost Without Trace (LWT). 10 crew MIA.

In the German air defence on this day, the Germans also used their night-fighters to counter the US bombers. At the exact same time Lt. Bobrow's B-17 was lost (12:40h) also a German BF-110 made an emergency landing on the North Sea beach on Frisian isle Ameland (BF-1110 of 2./NJG 1, Wrk-nr. 2670, Pilot Uffz. A. Naumann).

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