Date: 1944 May 28/28 A/C Type: B-17G   Fortress SN: 42-102485 Code: A/C Nickname: Bare Essentials
 File: 345 Airforce: USAAF Sqn/Unit: 381 BG - 533 BS Mission/Raid: Magdeburg oil refinery
1 Pilot 1Lt. Arthur M. Codding 9 RWG S/Sgt. Kenneth M. Joye
2 Co-pilot 2Lt. Roger B. Withers 10 TG S/Sgt. James W. Mulder
3 Nav. 2Lt. Donald L. Childers              KIA 11    
4 B S/Sgt. Delmar D. McBeth          KIA 12    
5 E T/Sgt Robert C. Berg 13    
6 RO T/Sgt. Clyde H. Waite 14    
7 BTG S/Sgt. Thomas L. Roskowick         KIA 15    
8 LWG S/Sgt. Lawrence G. Brown 16                    

On route to target, returned at the Dümmer Lake with one motor out. A German fighter riddled the bomber with 20mm rounds. Three of the crew were hit and killed (Nav & B in air, BTG died later on the ground). Aircraft down at Blauwkapel/Groenekan.

The aircraft made a belly landing in a meadow, corner Versteeglaan and Groenekanseweg in village Groenekan on the Northeast outskirts of Utrecht. A monument is erected there for this crew. Sgt. Thomas Roskowick died of his wounds in a farm. The other seven did not came far and were arrested (POW), the pilots the same day in Bilthoven. Gunners Brown and Joye were taken for treatment to the Amsterdam Luftwaffe hospital.  

The Germans brought the bodies of Sgt. McBeth, Sgt. Roskowick and Lt. Chiles to Oud-Leusden 'Rusthof' for burial. Here they were interred on the back row (row 13) of the war graves plot in grave 187, 188 and 189. In 1945 they were exhumed and reburied in the US war cemetery 'Netherlands' in Margraten. In the 1950s repatriation program, family of Sgt. McBeth and Lt. Chiles opted for reburial of their relative in the United States:  Sgt. Roskowick rests in Margraten.

In 1947 the Allied war graves in village Urk were cleared. 18 men from Urk were reburied in Oud-Leusden, the empty American graves were re-used.
Our file on the Amersfoort Oud Leusden (Leusden-Zuid) Rusthof Cemetery:

For photos on the monument Google on images 'B17 Groenekan'.  

Dutch documentary on this aircraft:

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