11.01.1944 322nd Bomb Squadron B17G 42-31076 2nd Lt.John C. Page
Operation: Oschersleben, Germany (Aircraft Plant)
Date: January 11th 1944 (Tuesday)
Unit: No. 322nd Bomb Squadron 91st Bomb Group
Type: Flying Fortress B17G
Serial: 42-31076 (“Chief Sly's Son”)
Location: Schmede, near Dummer Lake, seven miles SW of Diepholz, Germany
Pilot: 2Lt. John C Page O-745165 USAAF PoW Stalag Luft 1
Co-Pilot: 2Lt. Thomas C Butler 0-751094 USAAF Age 22. Killed
TT/Eng: S/Sgt. Arthur R Ginder 17032855 USAAF Age 24.
Nav: 2Lt. Lawrence J Lynch 0-809667 USAAF PoW Stalag Luft 1
Air/Bmr: 2Lt. William Stevenson 0-744513 USAAF PoW Stalag Luft 1
Radio/Op: Sgt. Albert J Malcos 36611038 USAAF PoW ??
BT/Gnr: Sgt. Arlie O Wotring 35743598 USAAF PoW Stalag 17B
LW/Gnr: Sgt. James P Allred 34450481 USAAF PoW Stalag 17B
RW/Gnr: Sgt. Charles F. Brock 39542565 USAAF PoW Dulag Luft
Tail/Gnr: Sgt. Warren A Oliver 33524574 USAAF PoW Stalag 17B
REASON FOR LOSS:
The aircraft was last seen at 12:21 hrs at 18,000 ft near Celle, Germany - the B17 was seen to leave the formation apparently under control. But was then observed being attacked by enemy aircraft which then set wing on fire after which it exploded.
50 Mustangs from 356th Fighter Squadron, 354th Fighter Group, Eighth Air Force escorted the three divisions of B-17’s during the attack. It is thought that more than 30 Luftwaffe fighters attacked the formations.
2Lt. Thomas C Butler. Ardennes American Cemetery. Neuville-en-Condroz, Belgium. Plot D, Row 4, Grave 41.
S/Sgt. Arthur R Ginder. Highland Memory Gardens Cemetery. Polk County, Iowa, USA
Researched by Michel Beckers for Aircrew Remembered, February 2016. Grave photo of S/Sgt. Ginder courtesy Pat Kinser, Lt. Butler courtesy of Mireille Goedhart. B17 courtesy Robert Kingswood and Fold, Other photos from the Michel Beckers collection.