Sesimbra (in the sea)
USAAF 385BG/ 550BS
Boeing B-17F Flying Fortress 42-3294
AAF Station 115 (GB) → AAF Station 115 (GB)
T/Sgt Edwin Johnson USA
T/Sgt Hugh Bradford USA
S/Sgt Edward Mcmillen USA
S/Sgt Gordon Akley USA
2Lt Gerhard W. Kirshke USA
1Lt Novo Maryonovich USA
2Lt Francis A. Stetson USA
2Lt William F. Flagler USA
S/Sgt Carl E. Williams USA
S/Sgt Thomas J. Armstrong Jr. USA
The aircraft had the name “Suzane ” and was involved in a mission to bomb Bordeaux in France. Over the Bay of Biscay they had engine problems and had to abandon the formation.
After throwing away all the extra weight, including the weapons, they were afraid of encountering German fighters over the Bay of Biscay, and decided to reach Gibraltar.
Near Sesimbra they went out of fuel and had to land in the sea. The entire crew left without a scratch. They were picked up by fishing boats and delivered to the American Legation that was able to repatriate them on December12, 1943.
* Rich Marionovich (sobrinho de/ nephew from Novo Marionovich)
* Francis Stetson
* Edwin Johnson (diary)
* Missing Aircraft Report - AFHRA, footnote.com