Wilbur A. Peifer                                                                                        Updated:  30 DEC 2011

Airman: o888322.htm Surname: Peifer Init: W A Rank: T/Sgt Service: USAAF Sqdn: 547

P_link: p250.htm Plane: B17 42-5838 Operation: Bomb G Crash_site: Asnæs

Crash_d: d040144 Buried_d: o888 C_link: o888.htm At_Next: POW

Den 4. januar 1944 kl. 12.30 mavelandede B17 42-5838 omkring her (Kilde: Helge Christiansen) på Asnæs ved Kalundborg (overblik her).

Flyvehistorisk Tidsskrift (FT 88-35-19) skriver: "Mad Money II. 547 BS, 384 BG, 41 CBW, 1 BD, Grafton Underwood, Northants. (Kiel) 10 POW.
371 B-17
og 115 B-24 bombede Kiel (her), 11 B-17 og 6 B-24 gik tabt. (P249
B17 42-30289 Hvidkilde, p250 B17 42-5838 Asnæs og p251 B17 42-30606 Rømø tabt
over Danmark.) »Mad Money ll« var kommet til 384 BG i april 1943, da enheden i Sioux City her i USA. Flyet havde deltaget i alle de voldsomme og tabgivende
angreb i den mellemliggende periode og var nu enhedens ældste fly. Over Kiel blev flyet ramt af flak, og den erfarne pilot, 1st Lt. William Kaczaraba, valgte at flyve til Sverige. Over Fyn satte to motorer ud, og umiddelbart efter foretog piloten en perfekt mavelanding ved Asnæs. Besætningen satte øjeblikkelig ild til flyet, der
udbrændte totalt. Tyskerne ankom kl. 14.15 og tog besætningen til fange. Næste dag blev alle 10 flyvere overflyttet fra Værløse til Dulag Luft ved Oberursel."

Se T/Sgt (Radio Operator) Wilbur A. Peifer,
Foto af besætningen og Fotos af B17 42-5838 og Wirth.
Se tegning af besætningen på en B-17, Foto af en B-17 + B-17 i airmen.dk samt B-17 Ball Turret, Ammunition og Ball Turret Gunner og Tyske krigsfangelejre.
10 flyvere.

On 4 January 1944 at 12.30 hours B17 42-5838 belly landed about  here. (Source: Helge Christiansen) on Asnæs near Kalundborg (overview here).

(Danish) Aviation Historical Review
(FT 88-35-19) writes: "Mad Money II. 547 BS, 384 BG, 41 CBW, 1 BD, Grafton Underwood, Northants. (Kiel) 10 POW.
371 B-17s and
115 B-24s bombed Kiel (here), 11 B-17s and 6 B-24s were lost. (P249
B17 42-30289 Hvidkilde, p250 B17 42-5838 Asnæs and p251 B17 42-30606
Rømø lost over Denmark.) »Mad Money ll« had joined the 384 BG in April 1943, when it was stationed at Sioux City here in the USA. The plane had participated in all
the violent attacks with heavy losses since then, and now it was the last of the 384th Bomb Group's original planes. It was hit by flak over Kiel and the experienced
pilot William Kaczaraba decided to fly to Sweden. Two engines misfired over Fyn and right after that the pilot made a perfect belly landing at Asnæs (
here). At once
the crew set fire to the plane and it burnt out completely. The Germans arrived at 14.15 hours and captured the crew. The next day the 10 airmen were taken from
Værløse (Airfield) to
Dulag Luft Oberursel."

See T/Sgt (Radio Operator) Wilbur A. Peifer, Photo of the crew of B17 42-5838 and
Photos of B17 42-5838 and Wirth.
This B-17 belonged to
547 BS, 384 BG, 41 CBW, 1 BD, 8 AF of the USAAF. See 384th Bomb Group. It took of from RAF Grafton Underwood - USAAF Station 106.
S
ee a drawing of the crew of a B-17* Photo of  a B-17 + B-17s in airmen.dk* B-17 Ball Turret, Ammunition and the story of a Ball Turret Gunner* German POW-Camps.
10 airmen.