Geschichte der
B-17 #44-6100 / Miss D-Day

Delivered Tulsa 4/5/44; Kearney 10/5/44; Grenier 24/5/44; Assigned 548BS/385BG [GX- ] Gt Ashfield 27/5/44; 1m Missing in Action Cologne 9/1/45 with Rifas Missing Air Crew Report 11718. MISS `D‘ DAY.

Details 44-6100 / Miss D-Day

As stated in the Missing Air Crew Report:

Aircraft 44-6100, returning from operational mission to Frankfurt, Germany on 8 January 1945, landed at emergency landing strip, A-70, Laon-Couvron, France.  Radio message was received at station 155, that this aircraft had been given clearance on the afternoon of 9 January 1945, but due to weather conditions on the continent it was believed that clearance had been cancelled, as no further contact was made by either A-70 or station 155.

The bodies of two of the crew frozen together in a life raft [2 Lt. John W. Skoff, bombardier, and S/Sgt. Lowey I. Boyd, ball turret gunner] were picked up at 50 – 40 N, 00 – 20 E, 13 January 1945, by Air/Sea Rescue and taken to New Haven Mortuary.

Crew 44-6100 / Miss D-Day

P1LTLeonard RifasMIA
CP2LTCharles M. JonesMIA
ENG/TTT/SGTWilliam D. FinkbinerMIA
ROT/SGTWilmer W. SherwoodMIA
WGS/SGTJohn H. ParrishMIA
WGS/SGTDwain R. RasmussenMIA
TGS/SGTAlphonse J. NovetskeMIA

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