B-17G " That sweet thing "
24 May 1944 Mission # 74 Target: Berlin
24 May 1944 , 06:30 engines are on.
21 aircraft were airborne by 07:30 , mission #74 , Primary target: City center of Berlin.
Target was an enemy aircraft facility, 5/10 cloud undercast dictated bombing by PFF (radar) on the center of the city.
Flak was encountered at several places en route, and over Berlin flak barrages were intense.
One B-17 shot down "That sweet thing", that was piloted by Lt. John S. Whiteman on its first mission.
They made a forced landing on the island of Bornholm (Denmark).The crew split into pairs, taking different routes.
All were eventually able to escape to Sweden.
Missing Air Crew Report : 4957
1. Organization : AAF Sta 128.
Robert J. Ramsey 1st Lt 0681191 612 th
Donald G. McCree Major 0348319 612 th
Ronald Woodhouse Capt 0415741 61? th
- No. 3 engine acting up enroute to target, did not go over Berlin but joined formation afterwards.
Ask groupleader fot instructions because #3 windmilling and #2 supercharger out.
Groupleader instructed to try to keep up. Next call on radio at 1245Hrs.
Location 5500 - 1310E and said might try to make England. Groupleader instructed to use own judgement.
Although headed for Sweden 1 crew though might be ditching
Mission to Berlin, Germany, Crashed landed on Sosa on the island of Bornholm.
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