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Archive Report: US Forces
1941 - 1945

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21.05.1944 748th Bomb Squadron 457 B/G - B17G 44-6103 B-17G 44-6103 1st Lt. N.H. Gerber

Operation: Schweinfurt Germany

Date: 21st July 1944

Unit: No. 748th Bomb Squadron 457th Bomb group

Type: Flying Fortress B17G

Serial: 44-6103

Code: -

Base: Glatton (130)

Location: Maibacher Hohe, Dittelbrunn, near Schweinfurt Germany

Pilot: 1st Lt. Norris H Gerber O-810986 USAAF injured (1st and 2nd degree burns) - PoW Camp: Stalag Luft 3

Co-Pilot: 1st Lt. Richard J. Cotter 0-693638 USAAF Killed

TT/Eng: Sgt Norman Hirsch 32511919 USAAF injured (Fracture of tibia and fibia) - PoW Camp: Stalag 13C

Nav: 1st Lt. George A. Sipp O-752949 USAAF injured (Fracture of thigh) - PoW Camp: Stalag 13CSgt

Air/Bmr: 2nd Lt. William A. O'Connor 0-741683 USAAF injured (2nd degree burns) - PoW Camp: Stalag Luft 3

Ra/Op: Sgt Floyd T. Stitely 13094769 USAAF PoW Camp: Stalag Luft 4

RW/Gnr: Sgt. Herve J. Paquin 31265741 USAAF Killed

LW/Gnr: Sgt. Harold R. Moore 18219496 USAAF injured (Fracture of pelvis) - PoW Camp: Stalag 13D

T/Gnr: Sgt. Charles Minter, Jr 32767402 USAAF injured (Fracture of chest) - PoW Camp: Stalag 13C


B17G 44-6103, flying in the high box and piloted by Lt. Norris H. Gerber, was hit by flak and lost number 3 engine. They released their bombs and left the formation. The Flying Fortress dived in flames, was lost in the clouds and no parachutes were seen.

Burial details:

1st Lt. Richard J. Cotter. Lorraine American Cemetery and Memorial, France. Section B. Row 28. Grave 32.

Sgt. Herve J. Paquin. Lorraine American Cemetery and Memorial, France. Section K. Row 21. Grave 33.

Researcher Michel Beckers for Aircrew Remembered, December 2015. Photo of Lt. Cotter courtesy, Steve Wallinger. Grave photo of Sgt. Paguin courtesy Edwin de Mooij - others the collection of Michel Beckers.

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