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Archive Report: US Forces
1941 - 1945

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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"

Code: SU-K

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 Saga and Bellaria

Co-Pilot: Lt. Donald G. McMullen O-675097 USAAF PoW Camp: Stalag Luft Saga 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 Bankan

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 Saga 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


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

Burial details:

None - all survived.

Researched by Michel Beckers for  Aircrew Remembered November 2017. Photographs from Michel Beckers collection.

MB 17.11.2015

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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