Date: 1945 Feb 03/03 A/C Type: B-17G   Fortress SN: 43-38242 Code: A/C Nickname:
 File: 331 Airforce: USAAF Sqn/Unit: 493 BG - 863 BS Mission/Raid: 
1 Pilot 2Lt. Henry E. Sherman       all crew POW 9 RWG not carried
2 Co-pilot 2Lt. Al Janulis 10 TG Sgt. Douglas C. Arnest
3 Nav. 2Lt. Paul E. O'Connell 11    
4 B Sgt. Walter A. Flaherty 12    
5 E Sgt. Raymond D. Fisher 13    
6 RO Sgt. Harry A. Koerner 14    
7 BTG Sgt. Carl W. Hultman 15    
8 LWG Sgt. Robert W. Smead 16                    

After attacking target on the route back, had problems with an engine and lost a propeller on an engine. Flak on the Dutch shore damaged her further. Made a belly landing under Den Helder at village Julianadorp. All nine crew POW.

Germans: "shot down a Fortress 26 km south of Den Helder, 1 km west on sea, turned. Abschußort: Julianadorp.

Photo of the bellylanded B-17 three months later: (Photo © Hans Nauta).


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