Date: 1943 Nov26/26 A/C Type: B-17F  Fortress SN: 42-29955 Code: GN-I A/C Nickname: Mr Five by Five
 File: 777 Airforce: USAAF Sqn/Unit: 303 BG - 427 BS Mission/Raid: Bremen
1 Pilot Capt. Addell A. Cote                    9 crew MIA 9 LWG S/Sgt. John M. Micek
2 Co-pilot 2Lt. Clarence C. Bixler 10 TG S/Sgt. Paul Gunsauls
3 Nav 1Lt. Wilbur R. Barnhill 11    
4 B 1Lt. John W. Hull          washed ashore Terschelling  12    
5 E T/Sgt. John R. Arter 13    
6 RO T/Sgt. Vaughn Reaves 14    
7 BTG S/Sgt. Cecil M. May 15    
8 RWG S/Sgt. Theodore Gomes 16                    

On return from Bremen ditched in the North Sea (after an SOS) 10km west of Texel island. 9 MIA. Only 1Lt. John W. Hull washed ashore in February 1944 on Frisian island Terschelling and was initially buried there (today US cem. 'Netherlands' in Margraten).  

Aircraft last seen over Harlingen, see encircled on map. New info is that in January 2014 a fishing boat from Texel island got stuck on an obstacle on estimated crash position. Parts of a B-17 were in the nets. It is believed the parts can belong to Mr. Five by Five, based on the find-position. Under investigation.  

Below: Article in Dutch Fishery News ('Visserijnieuws') on 06 January 2014.


- Visserijnieuws 06 Jan 2014

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