Geschichte der
B-17 #44-6555

Delivered Hunter 6/9/44; Grenier 21/9/44; Assigned 772BS/463BG Celone 11/10/44; Missing in Action Ruhland 15/3/45 with Walt Griffith, Co-pilot: Isles O’Malley, Navigator: John Fyfe, Bombardier: Dan Thomas, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Darwin Bartow, Radio Operator: Gerald Moty, Ball turret gunner: Erwin Lange, Waist gunner: Paul Mitchell, Waist gunner: Richard Oberly,Tail gunner: Don Baker, ?-Emil Meersand (11POW?); flak, crashed Gorlitz; Missing Air Crew Report 12999.

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  1. von Paul Globus am 23. Oktober 2019 15:45 Uhr

    Some of the names of the crew and their assignments listed are wrong. The correct information is as follows:

    Pilot: Walter Griffith
    Co-pilot: Isles (Pat) O’Malley
    Bombardier: Jack Thomas
    Navigator: Jack Fyfe
    Flight engineer: Darwin Bartow
    Radio operator: Gerald Koty
    Right waist gunner: Jack Mitchell
    Left waist gunner: Erwin (Irv) Lang
    Ball turret gunner: Richard (Shorty) Oberley
    Tail gunner: Don Baker

    I got this information directly from the radio operator, Gerald Koty, who was my uncle. When the plane was shot down on its 21st mission on March 15, 1945, all ten crew members jumped, landing in Hungary. They were all captured and taken prisoner but survived the war.

    Paul Globus


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