While driving through Denmark last week, I came accross this B-17 crashsite at Nysted and thought it would be nice to take a few pictures , do a little research and post pictures and information. It is a modest way to pay tribute to a brave American crew .
The entire crew died after apparently being shot down by a ME410 from 4/ZG26 (Zerstorer) . The plane ditched in the Baltic near Nysted. A memorial was inaugurated in 1948 to honor the crew.
details + more pictures of the mission to Poznan can be found here :
B 17G 42-40051 crashed in the Baltic Sea 9/4 1944
The aircraft belonged to USAAF, 8 Air Force, 96 Bomb Group, 339 Bomb Squadron and was coded QJ-F.
T/O Snetterton. OP: Poznan.
to be noticed : missions to Poland were among the most dangerous because of the long distannce and the tiny arm of the Baltic sea north of Germany, which reached only 20km in the Nysted area.
So it was almost impossible to avoid the Flak from the Kambhuber line and flying to and from the target was like playing russian roulette. Fighters added extra danger for those who escaped coastal Flak.
USAAF crashsite in denmark
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