B 17F 42-30289 - Hvidkilde                                                                   Updated:  12 DEC 2016

Airman Surname Init Rank Service Sqdn P_link Plane Operation Crash_site Crash_d Buried_d C_link At_Next
o888268.htm Allen J M Sgt USAAF 568 p249.htm B17 4230289 Bomb G Hvidkilde d040144 o888 o888.htm POW
o888269.htm Conklin R A Sgt USAAF 568 p249.htm B17 4230289 Bomb G Hvidkilde d040144 o888 o888.htm POW
o888272.htm Gallagher B T 2ndLt USAAF 568 p249.htm B17 4230289 Bomb G Hvidkilde d040144 o888 o888.htm POW
e777197.htm Gott J B Sgt USAAF 568 p249.htm B17 4230289 Bomb G Hvidkilde d040144 e777c e777c.htm NO - CAM
e777200.htm Gristak H T S/Sgt USAAF 568 p249.htm B17 4230289 Bomb G Hvidkilde d040144 e777c e777c.htm NO - CAM
e777198.htm Oster B S/Sgt USAAF 568 p249.htm B17 4230289 Bomb G Hvidkilde d040144 e777c e777c.htm NO - CAM
o888273.htm Prophett Jr. J H 2ndLt USAAF 568 p249.htm B17 4230289 Bomb G Hvidkilde d040144 o888 o888.htm POW
e777199.htm Shanholtz O S Sgt USAAF 568 p249.htm B17 4230289 Bomb G Hvidkilde d040144 e777c e777c.htm NO - CAM
o888271.htm Wahl R F 2ndLt USAAF 568 p249.htm B17 4230289 Bomb G Hvidkilde d040144 o888 o888.htm POW
o888270.htm Watters R A 2ndLt USAAF 568 p249.htm B17 4230289 Bomb G Hvidkilde d040144 o888 o888.htm POW


Den 4. januar 1944 kl. 12.45 styrtede B17 42-30289 ned i Amalielyst Skov (her, overblik her) nær Hvidkilde Sø ved Svendborg efter et bombetogt til Kiel (her).

Flyvehistorisk Tidsskrift skriver:
"Flyet blev angrebet af tyske jagere på hjemturen fra Kiel. Fire besætningsmedlemmer (Gott, Gristak,Oster og Shanholz) sprang med faldskærm S for Ærø
(som er her) og er aldrig blevet fundet. De to waist gunners, Sgt's Allen og Conklin, sprang over Ærø, og begge landede ved Vesterløkke. De blev senere taget til
fange ved Vindeballe (her) af tyske styrker fra 19./Ln.Regt.22. To flyvere sprang over farvandet mellem Ærø og Fyn. 2nd Lt Wahl (Bombardier) blev samlet op af
en dansk fisker og i bevidstløs tilstand indlagt på det tyske infirmeri i Fåborg (her). 2nd Lt Watters landede nærmere Fyn og blev ligeledes samlet op af danske
fiskere, der bragte ham til Fåborg sygehus, hvor han senere blev taget til fange af tyskerne. Begge piloter, 2nd Lt's Prophett og Gallagher, landede med faldskærm
på kysten ved Vester Skerninge (omkring her). Den ene var lettere såret og blev ført til lægen i Vester Skerninge, hvor de begge blev taget til fange af tyske tropper
fra Mar.-Artl. Ers.-Abt. 0llerup (her). Efter 3 dage blev alle seks overlevende ført til Dulag Luft ved Oberursel." (FT 85-78-19)

4 flyvere fra B17 42-30289 har ikke nogen kendt grav. 6 flyvere blev ført til Tyske krigsfangelejre.

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. 10 flyvere.

On 4 January 1944 at 12.45 hours B17 42-30289 crahed into the Amalielyst Wood (here, overview here) near Hvidkilde Lake at Svendborg
after a bombing raid on Kiel (here).

(Danish) Aviation Historical Review writes:
"The plane was attacked by German fighters on the return flight from Kiel. 4 crew members (Gott, Gristak,Oster and Shanholz)  bailed out south of Ærø (which
is here). They have never been found. The Waist Gunners Sgt Allen and Sgt Conklin bailed out over Ærø and landed at Vesterløkke. Later they were captured at Vindeballe (here) by German forces. 2 airmen bailed out over the sea between Ærø and Fyn.  Bombardier, 2nd Lt Wahl was unconscious when he was picked
up by a Danish fisherman and taken to the German field hospital i Faaborg (here). 2nd Lt Watters landed closer to Fyn. He was also picked up by Danish
fishermen who took him to Faaborg Hospital, where he was taken prisoner by the Germans. Pilot, 2nd Lt Prophett and Co-Pilot, 2nd Lt Gallagher landed by
parachute on the coast at Vester Skerninge (about here). One of them was slightly injured and he was taken to the Doctor in Vester Skerninge, where they were
taken captive by a German unit from Ollerup. 3 days later the 6 survivors were taken to
Dulag Luft Oberursel." (FT 85-78-19)

4 airmen from  B17 42-30289 have no known grave. 6 airmen were taken to German POW-Camps.

S
ee a drawing of the crew of a B-17, Photo of  a B-17 + B-17s in airmen.dk and B-17 Ball Turret, Ammunition and the story of a Ball Turret Gunner.
This B-17 was from 568 BS, 390 BG, 13 CBW, 3 BD of the 8 AF. It took off from RAF Framlingham - USAAF Station 153.   *  Framlingham Airfield
See also The 390th Bomb Group Memorial Air Museum * Parham Airfield Museum * 390th Bomb Group * The 390th Memorial Museum, Tucson, Arizona
10 airmen.