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Archive Report: US Forces
1941 - 1945

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21.02.1944 350 Bomber Squadron B-17G 42-237796 ”Fletcher’s Castoria III” Ist Lt. William H. Fletcher

Operation: Burnswick, Germany

Date: 21st February 1944 (Monday)

Unit: No. 350th Bomber Squadron, 100th Bomb Group

Type: B17G Flying Fortress

Serial: 42-237796 (”Fletcher’s Castoria III”)

Code: LN-

Base: Thorpe Abbotts

Location: near Spaarndam, Holland

Pilot: 1st Lt. Wiliam H. Fletcher 0-798998 USAAF PoW Stalag Luft Barth Vogelsang (L1)

Co-PIlot: 2nd Lt. Richard M. Roper 0-04508 USAAF PoW Stalag Luft Barth Vogelsang (L1)

TT/Eng: T/Sgt. Leo T. Callahan 31120291 USAAF PoW Stalag Luft Sagan and Belaria (L3/4)

Nav: 2nd Lt. George A. Browning 0-685315 USAAF PoW Stalag Luft Barth Vogelsang (L1)

Air/Bmr: 2nd Lt. Howard D. Venzie 0-676983 USAAF PoW Stalag Luft Barth Vogelsang (L1)

Rog: T/Sgt. George A. Reid 13104047 USAAF PoW Stalag Luft Sagan and Belaria (L3/4)

BT/Gnr: S/Sgt. Pietro J. Giaquinto 32499257 USAAF Stalag Luft Sagan and Belaria (L3/4)

RW/Gnr: S/Sgt. John J. Seman 33293830 USAAF PoW Stalag Luft Sagan and Belaria (L3/4)

LW/Gnr: S/Sgt. Alexander Sosik 32330322 USAAF PoW Stalag Luft Sagan and Belaria (L3/4)

T/Gnr: S/Sgt. David V. Robb Jr. 33339685 USAAF PoW Stalag Luft Sagan and Belaria (L3/4)

REASON FOR LOSS:

Emergency landing following battle damage plus engine failure.

Burial details:

None -all crew survived as PoW.

Researched Michel Beckers for Aircrew Remembered - August 2016. With thanks to Michael Faley of the100th BG for crew photo’s. Others the Michel Beckers collection.

Acknowledgments: Sources used by us in compiling Archive Reports include: Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vols. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - 'Nightfighter War Diaries Vols. 1 and 2', Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - 'Bomber Command War Diaries', Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Tom Kracker - Kracker Luftwaffe Archives and Fred Paradie - Paradie Archive (both on this site), Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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