Date: 1945 Feb 15/15 A/C Type: B-17G   Fortress SN: 43-38187 Code: A/C Nickname: Carrie B
 File: 348 Airforce: USAAF Sqn/Unit: 401 BG - 613 BS Mission/Raid: Gelsenkirchen
1 Pilot 2Lt. Jeff N. Donalson         all crew POW 9 RWG not carried
2 Co-pilot 2Lt. Charles R. Wilson 10 TG Sgt. Michael Gagich
3 Nav. 2Lt. William W. Jeffers 11    
4 B Sgt. Richard L. Summers 12    
5 E Sgt. Gerald S. Harvey 13    
6 RO Sgt. William G. Streuter 14    
7 BTG Sgt. Adelbert D. Shereck 15    
8 LWG Sgt. Jack M. Harrington 16                    

On return from Gelsenkirchen forced to ditch in the North Sea about 10 miles off Holland. All nine crew survived the ditching. In ice cold freezing nightly winter conditions for 12 hours, they reached the Dutch coast in two life rafts, POW.  

Their dinghy came a shore at a breakwater at IJmuiden, all POW.

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