Date: 1944 Jan 30/30 A/C Type: B-17G   Fortress SN: 42-31643 Code: FO-X A/C Nickname:
 File: 433 Airforce: USAAF Sqn/Unit: 379 BG - 527 BS Mission/Raid: Brunswick  (Braunschweig)
1 Pilot 1Lt. Donald E. Winter          all crew KIA 9 RWG Sgt. Alfred R. Falls
2 Co-pilot 2Lt. Joseph W. Wiley 10 TG Sgt. Floyd E. Hart
3 Nav. 2Lt. George H. Anderson 11    
4 B 2Lt. Edmund J. Torpey 12    
5 E S/Sgt John R. Fitzgerald 13    
6 RO S/Sgt. Richard C. Kausch 14    
7 BTG S/Sgt. George A. Gardner 15    
8 LWG S/Sgt. James C. Underwood 16                    

On route back to England, a Flak shell hit this aircraft while flying over the Dutch coast, south of Den Helder. Crashed in the dunes (Pirola Vlakte) at Schoorl. Crew buried in Bergen aan Zee, graves 240 to 248, row 9.

In Bergen aan Zee they were buried next to each other on the row towards the (later) Cross of Sacrifice.
After the exhumation of the Americans in 1946, their graves were (much later) re-used (graves P).

Bergen aan Zee Cemetery:

All were reburied post war in American War Cemetery Netherlands in Margraten.
In the 1949 Repatriation Program, five men were reburied in the US.
Lt. Wiley, Anderson, Sgt. Fitzgerald, Kausch and Gardner are still buried in Margraten.

Photo of Germans soldiers on tail section:

In 1980, the ID-Tag of plot Lt. Donald E. Winter was found in the sand at the crash location:

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