26.06.1943 No. 544th Bomb Squadron 384th Bomb Group B17f 42-30048 SU-K F/O. Wheat
Operation: Villacoulbay, France
Date: June 26th 1943
Unit: No. 544th Bomb Squadron 384th Bomb Group
Type: B17F Flying Fortress
Serial: 42-30048 "Flak Dancer"
Base: Grafton Underwood
Location: Forced landed at Laon airfield in France.
Pilot: F/O Delton G. Wheat O-515818 USAAF Age 22. PoW Camp: Stalag Luft Sagan and Bellaria
Co-Pilot: Lt. Donald G. McMullen O-675097 USAAF PoW Camp: Stalag Luft Sagan and Bellaria
TT/Eng: T/Sgt. George A. Bossinger O-33365644 USAAF Evaded
Nav: Lt. Thomas L. Ketcham O-670133 USAAF PoW Camp: Stalag Luft Barth Vogelsang
Air/Bmr: Lt. Robert J. Brown O-734419 USAAF PoW Camp: Stalag Luft Bankau (Bakow, Poland)
Radio/Op/Gnr: S/Sgt. Theodore W. Finck O-35433828 USAAF Age 26. PoW Camp: Stalag Gneizendorf
BallT/Gnr: S/Sgt. John J. Katuzney O-31143855 USAAF Age 22. PoW Camp: Stalag Luft Sagan and Bellaria
LW/Gnr: S/Sgt. Ralph C. Wood O-35367816 USAAF PoW Camp: Stalag Gneizendorf
RW/Gnr: S/Sgt. Warren L. Pursch O-38157209 USAAF Age 25. PoW Camp: Stalag Gneizendorf
Tail/Gnr: S/Sgt. Dero Hurst O-18126300 USAAF Age 23. PoW Camp: Stalag Gneizendorf
REASON FOR LOSS:
Attacked by enemy aircraft; crash landed near Laon, France. No MACR. This aircraft was repaired and flown by the Luftwaffe KG200 Coded A3+EE (Also used A3+BB).
Above: S/Sgt. Theodore W. Finck
None - all survived.
Researched by Michel Beckers for Aircrew Remembered November 2017. Photographs from Michel Beckers collection.