Date: 1943 Dec 16/16 A/C Type: B-17F  Fortress SN: 42-30872 Code: AW-R A/C Nickname: Blonde Bomber
 File: 782 Airforce: USAAF Sqn/Unit: 96 BG - 337 BS Mission/Raid: Bremen Port area (Vegesack)
1 Pilot 1Lt. Lewis M. Kerrick                       all 10 crew MIA  9 RWG S/Sgt. Stanley J. Maruso
2 Co-pilot 2Lt. George V. Bleyle 10 TG S/Sgt. Benjamin L. Haynes Jr.
3 Nav. 2Lt. Lloyd Thompson 11    
4 B 2Lt. Floyd W. Eakman 12    
5 E S/Sgt. Alton B. Walker 13    
6 RO T/Sgt. Raymond W. Wright 14    
7 BTG S/Sgt. Donald R. Denmead 15    
8 LWG S/Sgt. Charles W. Wilder 16                    

Came back from a raid on Bremen. Collided with B-17G 42-31113 Capt. Mott. Entangled and went down in the North Sea due west of Texel Island. 20 MIA.

Website 96BG: "Fighter attacks on the B-group were much more intense. Five B-17 went down in short order. Fifteen Fw-190 came down from the sun and scattered B-group momentarily like a gaggle of hysterical geese. Suddenly there was another collision. This one was witnessed by Lt. Jim Attaway who was flying lead in the high squadron. Below him enemy fighters literally shot an engine off Captain Mott's 42-31113. Having being severed from the wing, Mott's engine plunged down onto the wing of 1Lt. Lewis Kerrick's 42-30872 Blonde Bomber of the 337 BS. Blond Bomber ascended sharply. On the other hand Mott's plane descended. Both planes tangled wings and plunged into the sea. 20 MIA".

"A witness fixed the position of colliding 42-3265 Holy Mackeral! and Schroeder's 42-30860 on 53°03N - 04°40E".

ZZAW: since it is established that 42-3265 and 42-30860 collided not on this position but west of Harlingen, the described position must be the collision of Kerrick and Mott.


- Website 96BG


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