CAPT Smith, 76th FG, one of the escort fighters, reported engines #1 and #2 out as #927 went over the target. Alexander started back with an escort of 6 ships as it headed for a FLAK area in Holland. The fighter escorts tried to contact Alexander over the radio and visually to warn him. Neither method seemed to work.
As it passed through the flak area, the remaining engines were shot out. The right wing fell off and #927 went down in flames, exploding when it hit the water. 3 chutes were observed to land in the water about 1/4 mile off shore. S/SGT Zolynski was not an original member of the crew. (MACR 11048)
|Name||Rank||Position||First Mission||Last Mission||Status|
|Bruce C. Alexander||2nd LT||Pilot||12/06/44||2nd mission. KIA|
|Charles B. Bryson||2nd LT||Co-pilot||12/06/44||12/06/44||1st mission. KIA|
|Roy J. Sykora||Flight Off.||Navigator||12/06/44||2nd mission. KIA|
|Walt C. Hummel (Husel?)||1st LT||Bombardier||12/06/44||2nd mission. KIA|
|Robert C. Cooke||CPL||Radio Operator/Waist||12/06/44||12/06/44||1st mission. KIA|
|Roy L. Henry||CPL||Engineer/Top||12/06/44||12/06/44||1st mission. KIA|
|Isadore Wolstein||CPL||Ball Gunner||12/06/44||12/06/44||1st mission. KIA|
|Chester Zolynski||S/SGT||Tail Gunner||12/06/44||24th mission. KIA|
|Dwight K. Shurtleff||CPL||Waist Gunner||12/06/44||12/06/44||1st mission. KIA|
|Lee E. Champagne||CPL||Gunner|
|112||12/06/44||The Last Roundup||TG||43-37927||B17G|
|Created 08/03/99||Modified 12/23/16|
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