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Crew PILOT: Charles D.  WALTS

Charles D. Walts Crew (left to right)
Back Row: Bill Higginbotham (POW) Tail Gunner; Travis Brumbeau (POW) Radio Operator;Frank Fetherston (KIA) Left Waist Gunner; Clyde Walker (KIA) Engineer & Top Turret;Henry Gratzfeld (KIA) Ball Turret; Thomas Murphy (POW) Right Waist.

Front Row: Charles D. Walts (POW) Pilot; Richard Cooper Dodson (KIA) Bombardier;
Louis H. Oss (POW) Navigator; Jerome H Wallace (KIA) Co-Pilot

According to Charles Walts: “Our B17 was the ‘Invadin Maiden’. This picture was made in Grand Island, Nebraska in August 1943 before leaving for England.” Photo courtesy of Mrs. Thelma Walts (November 2006)

MACR: 01025 CR: 01025

Crew Members:

Crew 1

NBR Person Position Status
1 LT Charles D. WALTS P POW
2 LT Jerome H. WALLACE CP KIA
3 LT Louis H. OSS NAV POW
4 LT Richard C. DODSON BOM KIA
5 T/SGT Frank E. FETHERSTON TTE KIA
6 T/SGT Clyde M. WALKER TTE KIA
7 T/SGT Travis D. BRUMBEAU ROG POW
8 T/SGT Henry A. GRATZFELD BTG KIA
9 SGT Thomas F. MURPHY WG POW
10 S/SGT William O. HIGGINBOTHAM TG POW

PHOTOS:

Hello!

While searching for records about Frank E. Fetherston I've found your
website and it's databases.
I've found the description of his plane and place and time of his death.
As I live close to that place I decided to visit it today, not by
coincedence the 75th anniversary of the date of the crash.
I hoped to find someone on the Wildermann Farm (reportedly the crash
site) who could show me the place. I met, I still can't believe, Mr.
Hermann Wildermann and asked him about the topic. He frankly told me
that he remembers the place and the date.... he is 88 years old now (so
he was 13 at the time) . I'll attach a picture of the site.

With kind regards
  Frank Schäfer