Date: 1945 Feb 14/14 A/C Type: B-17G   Fortress SN: 43-38405 Code: YB-D A/C Nickname:
 File: 636 Airforce: USAAF Sqn/Unit:  BG -  BS Mission/Raid: Dresden?
1 Pilot 1Lt. Curtis E. Ash 9 RWG not carried
2 Co-pilot 2Lt. Ned Benedict 10 TG Sgt. Louis D. Anderson
3 Nav. 1Lt. Robert W. Hays        hit by bullit, KIA 11    
4 B Sgt. Arthur A. Nicolas 12    
5 E T/Sgt. Robert B. Pierce 13    
6 RO S/Sgt. Ward E. Brady 14    
7 BTG Sgt. Kenneth Graser 15    
8 LWG Sgt. John R. Norbo 16                    

On route to target hit by Flak at Dutch coast at IJmuiden. Dropped bombs in the dunes. Spiraled down, and emergency landed in the Noorderveld polder north of Wormerveer. 1 KIA, 8 POW.

Co-pilot Ned Benedict was wounded in action and was liberated in a hospital in Apeldoorn.

Navigator Robert W. Hays was hanging in his parachute and was shot upon from the ground. 
A bullit hit him in the stomach. In a farmhouse he got a last sigaret and died.
He was initially buried in Assendelft.

8mm movie 1 minute on youtube filmed 1945 after liberation:

30 seconds film on the recovery of the wreck:

Story and photos on website Teun PATS:
When on this page, press CTRL + F and search on 'Benedict'.

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