Crash of a Boeing B-17F Flying Fortress in Vriescheloo: 3 killed

Date & Time: Jul 26, 1943 at 1300 LT
Operator:
Registration:
42-30156
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Thurleigh - Thurleigh
MSN:
5270
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
10
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Circumstances:
The four engine bomber left RAF Thurleigh in the morning on a bombing mission to Hanover, Germany. Following an uneventful mission and while returning to its base, the aircraft was hit by the German Flak and shot down by the pilot of a German fighter. A crew member was killed while nine other occupants bailed out. Unfortunately, two of them were killed as their parachute did not open properly.
Crew (423th Squadron):
Wes Courson, pilot,
Roy Bronson, copilot,
Ted Grezlak, navigator,
Henry Lynch, bombardier,
John Champion, flight engineer,
Cedric White, air gunner,
Bill Lamb, air gunner,
S/Sgt William G. Dayton, radio operator, †
Sgt Dock G. Thomas Jr., air gunner, †
Sgt Robert C. Stevens, air gunner. †
Probable cause:
Shot down by the German Flak and a German fighter as well.

Crash of an Avro 683 Lancaster I off Wijk aan Zee: 6 killed

Date & Time: Jun 26, 1943 at 0251 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
ED373
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Ludford Magna - Ludford Magna
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
7
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
6
Circumstances:
The aircraft left RAF Ludford Magna in the evening of June 25 on a bombing mission to Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Following an uneventful mission, while returning to its base and overflying The Netherlands by night with one engine inoperative, the aircraft was shot down by the pilot of a German fighter. Out of control, the aircraft crashed into the sea less than one mile off the Dutch coast. A crew member was taken PoW while all six other occupant were killed.
Crew (101st Squadron):
F/Sgt Ivan William Banks, pilot, †
Sgt Norman Stanley Mould, flight engineer, †
Sgt Harold James Toze, navigator, †
Sgt T. G. Brook, air bomber,
Sgt John Henry William Snowdon, wireless operator and air gunner, †
Sgt Geoffrey Victor Branson, air gunner, †
Sgt Ronald Pugh, air gunner. †
Probable cause:
Shot down by a German fighter.

Crash of a Handley Page H.P.57 Halifax in Venray: 2 killed

Date & Time: Jun 22, 1943
Operator:
Registration:
HR799
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Location:
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
8
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
En route, the bomber was shot down by the pilot of a German fighter. Six crew members were able to bail out while two others were killed when the aircraft crashed in a field.
Crew killed were Sgt W. Brown and F/O H. Krohn.
Probable cause:
Shot down by a German fighter.

Crash of a Handley Page H.P.63 Halifax V in Den Hoorn: 4 killed

Date & Time: Jun 13, 1943 at 0213 LT
Operator:
Registration:
DK183
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Leeming - Leeming
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
7
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
4
Circumstances:
The aircraft left RAF Leeming in the evening of June 12 on a bombing mission to Bochum, Germany. While overflying The Netherlands by night, the aircraft was shot down by the pilot of a German fighter and crashed in flames in a field. Four crew were killed while three others were injured.
Crew (427th Squadron):
P/O Al M. Fellner, pilot,
Sgt J. Imms, †
P/O G. Dalton, †
P/O W. Thurston,
P/O B. Tedford, †
Sgt A. Dixon, †
P/O G. Huston.
Source & photos: http://www.626-squadron.co.uk/willem23.htm
Probable cause:
Shot down by a German fighter.

Crash of a Vickers 440 Wellington X in Buurse: 5 killed

Date & Time: May 24, 1943 at 0125 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
HE281
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Dishforth - Dishforth
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
5
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
5
Circumstances:
The aircraft left RAF Dishforth in the evening of May 23 on a bombing mission over Dortmund. While overflying The Netherlands by night, the aircraft was shot down by the pilot of a German fighter and crashed in a field. All five crew members were killed.
Crew (426th Squadron):
Sgt L. G. Sutherland 4.
Probable cause:
Shot down by a German fighter.

Crash of a Vickers 440 Wellington X in Buurse: 5 killed

Date & Time: May 24, 1943 at 0108 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
HE290
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Kirmington - Kirmington
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
5
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
5
Circumstances:
The aircraft left RAF Kirmington in the evening of May 23 on a bombing mission over Dortmund. While cruising at an altitude of 5,000 metres over The Netherlands by night, the aircraft was shot down by the pilot of a German fighter and crashed in flames in a field located in Buurse, south of Enschede. All five crew members were killed.
Crew (166th Squadron):
Sgt J. R. Stewart 4.
Probable cause:
Shot down by a German fighter.

Crash of a Martin B-26B Marauder off Ijmuiden: 5 killed

Date & Time: May 17, 1943 at 1213 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
41-18090
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
6
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
5
Circumstances:
While approaching the Dutch coast on a bombing mission, the twin engine aircraft was shot down by the German Flak and crashed into the sea 5 miles off Ijmuiden. Five crew members were killed while the sixth occupant was rescued and taken PoW.
Crew (452nd BS):
2nd Lt Edward R. Norton,
2nd Lt James A. Norton,
Lt Alvin X. Zeindenfeld,
S/Sgt Ralph H. McDougall,
S/Sgt Harrison E. Kegg,
Sgt Bennett W. Longworth.
Probable cause:
Shot down by the German Flak.

Crash of a Martin B-26B Marauder off Castricum: 5 killed

Date & Time: May 17, 1943 at 1213 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
41-18086
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
6
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
5
Circumstances:
While approaching the Dutch coast on a bombing mission, the aircraft was shot down by the German Flak and crashed into the sea off Castricum. Five crew members were killed while the sixth occupant was rescued and taken PoW.
Crew (450th BS):
Lt Joseph H. Jones,†
2nd Lt Anthony A. Alaimo,
2nd Lt Norris K. Calkins, †
Sgt Marvin L. Harbour, †
T/Sgt Robert Steffen, †
S/Sgt Milton E. Littrell. †
Probable cause:
Shot down by the German Flak.

Crash of a Martin B-26B Marauder off Ijmuiden: 1 killed

Date & Time: May 17, 1943 at 1212 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
41-17979
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
6
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:
While approaching the Dutch coast, the aircraft was shot down by the German Flak and crashed into the sea, two miles west of Ijmuiden. A crew member was killed while five others were rescued.
Crew (322nd BG/450th BS):
Lt Col William R. Purinton,
2nd Lt William H. Kinney,
Lt Edward F. Jefferis Jr., †
S/Sgt Jean J. Duhamel,
S/Sgt Robert J. Gunther,
Sgt Lester F. Miller.
Probable cause:
Shot down by the German Flak.

Crash of a Martin B-26B Marauder in Bodegraven: 4 killed

Date & Time: May 17, 1943 at 1158 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
41-18080
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
6
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
4
Circumstances:
While flying west of Utrecht, the aircraft collided with another USAAF B-26B Marauder registered 41-17991 and carrying a crew of six as well. Both aircraft went out of control and crashed in a field located in Bodegraven, west of Utrecht. Two crew survived in each aircraft while all eight other occupants were killed.
Crew (452nd BS):
Cpt William Converse, †
2nd Lt Berton H. Ramsey, †
Lt Arthur E. Garni, †
T/Sgt James D. Thompson,
Sgt Kenneth H. VonLindern, †
Sgt Frank Lamonica.
Probable cause:
Mid-air collision.