B 17G 42-31619 - From the base to Bornholm                                 Updated:  02 JAN 2009

Maps and information from Erik Dyreborg: Flugten fra Bornholm 1944 (The story The Escape from Bornholm 1944, included in The Lucky Ones):







B17 42-31619 fløj onsdag den 24. maj 1944 denne rute til Berlin og retur.
Flyve videre over Nordsøen med flyet beskadiget? Så hellere finde svensk område!
Ved Bornholms sydkyst fik piloten øje på passende mark at lande på.
Flyet vendte rundt og landede her på de sidste dråber brændstof.
B17 42-31619 flew this route on Wednesday 24 May 1944:
Fly on across the North Sea in a damaged plane? Better find Swedish area!
At the south coast of Bornholm the pilot spotted a suitable field for a crash landing.
The plane turned around and landed here on the last drops of fuel.

RAF Deenethorpe is also known as USAAF Station 128. The 401st Bombardment Group (heavy) flew 225 combat missions from Deenethorpe Airfield.

See 401st Bomb Group Association where this B-17 with Lt John S. Whiteman is mentioned to have crash landed in Denmark. A very short version!
More details in the Combat Mission Summary and Combat Air Crew Data and Aircraft Data.

See The Crew of a B-17 at the website B-17 Flying Fortress or a Wikipedia website B-17 Flying Fortress. Also Bombing of Berlin in World War II.