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Sherrman Crew Memorial

Photos courtesy of George Lippi.

On March 9, 1945, the 381st flew a mission against the marshaling yards at Kassel. The Scherrman crew did not return, the loss was written this way in the 381st War Diary:

"The aircraft was hit by flak over the target between the No. 3 engine and the bomb bay. The whole right side was afire as it began to glide down to about 15,000 feet, where it was seen to explode. Two 'chutes were reported."

The aircraft was B-17G #43-39012 (VE-J) "Miss Fortune", no photos are known to exist of this aircraft.

The Medical Detachment War Diary covers it this way:

"Lt Scherrman’s ship, 532nd, which was carrying incendiaries was apparently hit in the bomb bay, just before bombs away. The aircraft was seen going down under control and no chutes were seen to open."

Crew

Pilot

Scherrman, Paul J.

2nd Lt

KIA

Copilot

Nelson, Earl B..

2nd Lt

KIA

Navigator

Drohan, Nicholas J..

F/O

KIA

Bombardier

Miska, Manny  M..

2nd Lt

KIA

Top Turret/Engineer

McClain, Richard

Sgt

KIA

Ball Turret

Monzingo, Garland

Sgt

KIA

Radio Operator

Gasparovich, George

Sgt

POW

Waist Gunner

Houghton, Herbert  Jr

Sgt

KIA

Tail Gunner

Fitzgerald, Hugh D.

Sgt

POW

These pictures are of the memorial erected at the crash site.The memorial is also dedicated to a German civilian, Leo Theobold "born June 25, 1927, Gisingen - Searland, died March 14, 1945, death apparently related to the March 9th crash.