Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed near Helmstedt in B-17 'Little Moe' #4231069
The back end of plane was hit by flak & caught fire. Lt. Daves got all of his crew out, then bailed out of the nose hatch, shortly after this the aircraft exploded. He was picked up by German Weirmacht, and processed over the new several days into his final destination, Luft Stalag I in Barth, Germany on the Baltic Sea. On May 2, 1945 (ironically the day he died in 2014), he and several other airmen, seeing that all of the Germans camp guards had fled due to the Russians invasion of the area, liberated themselves by walking out of camp. Walking through the town of Barth, my father often told of the atrocities he witnessed that had been committed by the Russians on the townspeople. Dead civilians everywhere - the Burgermeister's pregnant daughter dead in the snow, a stripped SS Officer face down shot in the head (not that he did not probably deserve this). All vengeance for what the Russians had suffered at the hands of the German army.
Units served with
The 401st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deenethorpe, Northamptonshire, from November 1943 to June 1945. Starting their missions at that time meant the focus was very much on the coming invasion attempt of France planned for the following...
B-17 Flying Fortress
Delivered Cheyenne 15/9/43; Scott 20/10/43; Assigned 615BS/401BG [IY-K] Deenethorpe 11/11/43; Missing in Action Kassel 28/9/44 with Ed Aves, Co-pilot: Clayton Crunk, Navigator: Ralph Mezydlo, Bombardier: John MacDougall, Flight engineer/top turret...
||10 October 1922
|Prisoner of War (POW)
||Barth, Germanhy Luft Stalaf I
||28 September 1944
||Fresno Memorial Gardens, 175 S Cornelia Ave, Fresno, CA 93706, USA
Buried in the "Garden of Valor" section.
||5 February 2015