Pictures and captions courtesy of Fredy Peter
|351st BS B-17F : landed at Duebendorf 17.08.1943. #42-30080 “High Life”
Pilot 1st Lt. Donald K. Oakes Mission: Regensburg.
A 20 mm shell exploded in #3 nacelle cutting throttle cable and starting a heavy oil leak.#2 also leaking oil. Unable to keep up with the formation. The pilot did a wheels-up landing at Duebendorf
|351st BS B-17F : crashed Lake Constance 06.09.1943. # 42-30057 “Raunchy”
Pilot 1st Lt. Sam R. Turner Mission: Stuttgart
Aircraft hit by flak. 20 mm shell killed ball turret gunner.
|350th BS B-17G : crashed Emmen 13.07.1944. #42-31074 “Cahepit”
Pilot Donald A. Waters Mission: Munich
The pilot feathered #1 engine just after bombs away. #2 was throwing oil badly, #4 supercharger overheated and they were low on fuel. At Emmen the plane overshot the runway, destroyed a catapult of the aircraft factory, crossed the RR track and hit the high tension cables. Crashed and burned
|349th BS B-17G : landed at Payerne 13.07.1944. #42-107137
Pilot Charles Harding, Jr Mission: Munich
Before reaching the target the pilot called and informed he was low on fuel and did not believe he could make it to the Dutch coast. #3 and #4 engines damaged by flak, unable to feather #3. Swiss fighters guided the plane to Payerne.
|Airport of Duebendorf. It looks more like a USAAF base in England than a military and civil airfield in Switzerland.
|View of Adelboden, where Camp Maloney was located.
|Entrance to Camp Moloney, named after the ball turret gunner killed 06.09.43. Notice that the name should have been, “Maloney”.
|View of Davos early 1940’s. Davos had not only USAAF officers as guests but also German Luftwaffe pilots on R&R and Wehrmacht people on sick leave or high level Nazis on holiday. Davos was the HQ of the Swiss Nazi Party
|1st of August parade 1944 (Swiss National Holiday) Swiss soldiers marching in front of the Palace Hotel with US Officers watching from the windows.
|The photo shows the funeral of all airmen killed October 1st as well as of S/Sgt. Maloney. The funeral took place in Bad Ragaz. Later the bodies were interred at the US Cemetery in Muensingen, a village near Berne.
|Patrol of the Swiss fighter Morane-Saulnie D-3800. Many USAAF planes were met by such fighters and guided to an airfield.
|View of the officers Camp Davos, Hotel Palace