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Old 07-16-2004, 11:36 AM
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From 12 O'Clock High!:

KEITH KUTTESCH
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B-17F #42-30203 388THB/G 560THB/S
Wed Jul 7, 2004 14:53
64.12.117.11

ON 6TH SEPT 1943 21 B-17F'S LEFT KNETTISHALL,ENGLAND FOR A MISSION TO STUTTGART. THE MISSION WAS DOOMED TO FAIL FROM THE BEGINING. WHEN THEY GOT TO THE TARGET SITE THE BOMBERSTREAM BROKE OFF INTO GROUPS. CLOUD COVER AND SMOKE FROM THE SMOKE POTS AROUND STUTTGART MADE IT ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO LOCATE AND BOMB THE VKF BALLBEARING PLANT. THE 388TH STAYED WITH THE 96TH AND BOMBED ON THE 96TH LEAD OVER STRAUSBORG. ON THE WAY BACK TO ENGLAND WHILE OVER FRANCE, THE GROUP IS HIT HARD BY FLACK AND GERMAN FIGHTERS. B-17F # 42-30203 WAS HIT HARD. THIS AIRCRAFT ALREADY HAD 1 ENGINE OUT, AND ON FIRE DUE TO A FLAK HIT. THE ENGINED WAS SHUT DOWN, THE FIRE HAD BEEN PUT OUT, BUT IT WAS STILL SMOKEING. THEY WERE ABLE TO KEEP UP WITH THE FORMATION BUT EVENTUALLY HAD TO FALL BEHIND. GERMAN ME 109'S AND FW 190'S WERE HITTING THIS GROUP HARD. SOME ACCOUNTS SAID THAT THERE WERE ABOUT 50 GERMAN FIGHTERS FIREING ON THEM. #42-30203 WAS HIT HARD BY THE FIGHTERS. THIS B-17F HAD THE SQUARE "H" ON IT'S TAIL WITH THE CALL LETTER "G". #42-30203 WAS GETTING HIT FROM ALL DIRECTIONS, 2 MORE ENGINES WERE SHOT OUT, THE OXYGEN SYSTEM ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE AIRCRAFT HAD FAILED, THE PLEXIGLASS BOMBERS WINDOW HAD BEEN BLOWN OFF. THE PILOT 1ST. LT. ROY H. MOHR GAVE THE BAIL OUT ORDER. ALL CREWMEMBERS CHECKED IN WITH A ROGER AND BAILED OUT. 8 PARACHUTES WERE DESCENDING OVER THE SOUTH REGION OF SEINE-ET-MARNE, FOLLOWING THE ESSONNES VALLEY, SITUATED BETWEEN MALESHERBES AND PUISEAUS, FRANCE. APPROX 40 MILES SOUTH OF FRANCE. THE PILOT AND COPILOT BELIEVED TO HAVE BAILED OUT SOME DISTANCE FURTHER WEST. THE B-17 HAD BEEN HIT HARD, BUT WAS STILL FLYING.
3 MEN FELL IN COUDRAY, 2 MEN WERER PICKED UP AROUND VERRINES AND 1 CREWMEMBER LANDED IN BOULANCOURT.
WHAT I AM ASKING FOR IS WHO WAS THE GERMAN PILOT THAT TOOK CREDIT FOR THIS KILL, AND WHERE DID THE B-17F CRASH?
THANKS, KEITH.
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