Jack R. Culliton Updated: 05 JUL 2012
Airman: v999032.htm Surname: Culliton Init: J R Rank: Sgt Service: USAAF Sqdn: 615
P_link: p325.htm Plane: B17 42-31619 Operation: Bomb G Crash_site: Sosegård, Bornholm
Crash_d: d240544 Buried_d: v999 C_link: v999.htm At_Next: EVD to S
(Kilde: Erik Dyreborg) Se mindetavlen,
kort, oplysninger og links i Fra basen til Bornholm
og De 10 flyveres flugtruter.
Amerikanerne forsvandt ad en nærliggende ådal og kom frem mod Åkirkeby, hvor man mener, at de blev taget op af en lastbilchauffør, der kørte dem til Almindingen. Her spredte de sig to og to i det store skovområde. (Ved denne flyver ses kun hans og hans ledsagers historie. Se resten ved B17 42-31619).
Top Turret Gunner, S/Sgt Richard O´Bannon og Tail
Gunner, Sgt Jack Culliton nåede til Sandvig (her),
hvor de blev anvist en robåd. Om natten stod de til søs og lydløst passerede de
et par uddykkede ubåde ca. 1 sømil fra kysten. De roede godt til hele natten,
men næste morgen kunne de stadig ikke se land. De var blevet fortalt, at Sverige
kun lå 7 miles væk, men da de roede direkte mod nord, sejlede de således
parallelt med den skånske østkyst. De fortsatte den næste nat, og den anden
morgen kom de ind i en tågebanke, hvilket de var lykkelige for, idet de kort
forinden var blevet fulgt af et ubådsperiskop. Ved ca. 11-tiden kom de ud af
tågen og blev samlet op af en finsk damper, der satte dem af i Trelleborg (her).
Den 5. juni var de tilbage i England." (FT 87-94-7)
"The plane was hit by flak over Berlin, and it soon started losing fuel. Over Bornholm flak started again, and the pilot decided due to the heavy damages to make a belly landing at Sosegård. The landing was perfect, but rain and strong wind prevented the crew from making the plane catch fire, even if they wrapped a parachute stained with oil around an engine.
The Americans disappeared along a neighbouring creek in the direction of Åkirkeby, where some people think they were picked up by a truck driver, who drove them to Almindingen. Here they dispersed in twos in the big forest. (At this airman you only read the story of him and his companion. See the others at B17 42-31619).
Top Turret Gunner, S/Sgt Richard O´Bannon
Gunner, Sgt Jack Culliton reached Sandvig (here),
where they were assigned a rowing boat. At night they went to sea, and without a
sound they passed a couple of submarines, which had surfaced about 1 nautical
mile off the coast. They rowed well all of the night, but next morning they were
still unable to see land. They had been told that Sweden was only 7 miles away,
but as they were rowing directly north, they were sailing parallel with the east
coast of Sweden. They carried on the next night, and on the second morning they
got into a fog bank. They were happy with that since a short while before they
had been followed by a periscope of a submarine. At about 11 a.m. they came out
of the fog and were picked up by a Finnish steamer, which set them down in
They were back in England on 5 June." (FT 87-94-7)