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Crew PILOT: Richard A.  CAREY

My father William Styles is on the right. Captain Richard Carey on the left. The skipper from the fishing boat, Bertha is in the background. This was taken after their B-17 crash landed in the North Sea near Esbjerg, Denmark. The skipper later mailed the newspaper article and photos to my father in a handwritten letter in 1949.  Courtesy of Linda Styles Berkery

MACR: 00117 CR: 00117

Crew Members:

Crew 2

NBR Person Position Status
1 CAPT Richard A. CAREY P/COM POW
2 LT William J. STYLES CP POW
3 LT Calvin H. DEFEVRE NAV KIA
4 LT William E. GRIFFITH BOM KIA
5 T/SGT Lester I. BERG TTE KIA
6 S/SGT Steven S. KOPCZEWSKI ROG KIA
7 S/SGT Norman C. EDDY BTG KIA
8 S/SGT Maynard T. PARSONS WG POW
9 S/SGT Charles J. MAYVILLE WG KIA
10 S/SGT Robert D. LEPPER TG POW

PHOTOS:

My father William Styles is on the right. Captain Richard Carey on the left. The skipper from the fishing boat, Bertha is in the background. This was taken after their B-17 crash landed in the North Sea near Esbjerg, Denmark. The skipper later mailed the newspaper article and photos to my father in a handwritten letter in 1949.  Courtesy of Linda Styles Berkery

My father William Styles is on the right. Captain Richard Carey on the left. The skipper from the fishing boat, Bertha is in the background. This was taken after their B-17 crash landed in the North Sea near Esbjerg, Denmark. The skipper later mailed the newspaper article and photos to my father in a handwritten letter in 1949.Vestjyden is the name of the newspaper means 'person from West Jutland" 
The legend under photo says: William Styles photographed on board "Bertha". To his left..one of his comrades.
THe headline says: Vestjyden makes connection between Esbjerg and America..

Vestjyden has now managed to establish the connection between the American flier (pilot) William Styles and the crew on the Esbjerg-based cutter "Bertha" which saved Styles and his three comrades from drowning in July 1943. A person from the crew has made contact. We ? have earlier reported that Styles, through a lady in Esbjerg, has asked Vestjyden to provide the addresses of the fishermen, since he would very much like to contact them.

Full translation: Here is the translation from the newspaper article: great story

VESTJYDEN establishes connection between Esbjerg and America

Between Esbjerg-fishermen and an American pilot who crashed in the North Sea in 1943
VESTJYDEN has now succeeded in creating a connection between the American pilot William Styles and the crew on the Esbjerg-based cutter “Bertha” who in July 1943 saved Styles and his three comrades from drowning. One more member of the fishing crew has contacted us. As reported earlier, Styles has – through a lady from Esbjerg - asked VESTJYDEN to help supply the addresses of the fishermen, since he very much would like to contact them.
The said fisherman explains that the cutter “Bertha” was fishing on Sunday afternoon on the 25th of July, when the crew observed a large formation of American airplanes. The last of the airplanes continued to lose altitude* and had to do a water landing some distance away from the cutter, which immediately set course for the airplane, and saved four men of the airplane crew.  The cutter remained at the crash site until midnight since it appeared possible that the Americans would send a floatplane to rescue the crashed crew. One of the crew of the airplane was seriously wounded, and since the cutter during the evening had been observed by a German fighter plane and also did not have enough fuel for t, the captain decided no to set course for England but instead went in direction Esbjerg.  A cutter from Frederikshavn, which was very fast, tugged the somewhat slower “Bertha” to shore, and at Skallingen, another cutter sailed to Esbjerg and arranged for medical help and ambulances. These were waiting at the dock when “Bertha” docked. Unfortunately, the Germans had gotten wind of the activity and demanded to have the four American fliers turned over to them once they arrived. Despite protests and demonstrations, the Germans took them in their custody. The fishermen are of course now… (the rest of the text is mostly missing but presumably reads “happy to hear from the American…”)
*there is a spelling mistake in the newspaper text: “høje” should be “højde”

Pacific insurance listing of 2nd Lt William E. Griffith Missing in Action.