Date: 1943 Mar04/04 A/C Type: B-17F  Fortress SN: 42-5370 Code: A/C Nickname: -
 File: 687 Airforce: USAAF Sqn/Unit: 91 BG - 324 BS Mission/Raid: Train yards Hamm, Germany.
1 Pilot 1Lt. Harold H. Henderson              Borkum Island 9 Gunner Sgt. Hymen Phillips             MIA
2 CP 2Lt. Leslie B. Zubiri                  Esbjerg (Denmark) 10 Gunner Sgt. John F. Howorusz        MIA
3 Nav 2Lt. James S. La Rock                  Ameland Island 11    
4 B 1Lt. William J.B. Simpson   Wijnaldum/Pietersbierum 12    
5 RO T/Sgt. Edward Corrigan             Sylt Island, List village 13    
6 Gunner S/Sgt. James D. Burton Jr.               Texel Island 14    
7 Tail Gunner S/Sgt. Donald L. Marx                       Den Helder 15    
8 E T/Sgt. Randle E. Nettles     POW, parachuted Texel 16                    

On the return from Hamm, this aircraft was damaged by fighters and crashed in the North Sea northwest of Den Helder. The eastern pattern of washing ashore locations of the KIA crew is very representative for a crash in this area. All drowned, 1 POW.

The excellent book "Opgegraven Verleden" by Jan Carsjens & Piet Riteco mentions that S/Sgt. Marx body was brought in by German boat in Den Helder port and possibly was inside recovered tail-section of this aircraft. This indicates that crash position was near edge sandbank Noorderhaaks, otherwise recovery would not have been possible.

2Lt. James S. LaRock washed ashore and buried on Ameland island (Nes General Cemetery) as "English Airman Larock". When after the war the American dead were exhumed from this island, he stayed behind. It took some time to determine he was not English. Later he was reburied in American Centralization War Cemetery "Ardennes" (Belgium). See a photo of his original grave and grave marker (cross with name) in our file on Ameland Island:

S/Sgt. James D. Burton Jr. (14037299) is listed as MIA on the ABMC-website and his name is on the Wall of Missing US Netherlands Cemetery (Margraten), but we found his burial entry in the original Texel Island burial files (see image below). He was exhumed post-war (his grave 58 between the British airmen is now empty) by a US Quarter Master team and believed to be moved to Strassbourg (US Cem. "Lorraine") on 19 Nov. 1946. More likely however seems transport to the US ID-centre in Neuville ("Ardennes").

Map with known washing ashore positions of the crew.


- Texel LOMT airwar museum, thanks to Jan Nieuwenhuis.
- Book war graves Ameland by Gerlof Molenaar
- website Airwar over Denmark
- Book "Opgegraven Verleden" by Jan Carsjens & Piet Riteco, Den Helder 2005.

- Our file on Texel Cemetery:

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