It’s sometimes good to trust your GPS and take a different root when you’re on your way to visit an Air Base…
While driving to the 33rd Airlift Base in Powidz for the final Aviation Detachment 17-2 day I have stumbled upon a small monument commemorating a crew which crash landed there on the 19th of March 1945.
The monument stands in the middle of nowhere surrounded by fields and very small local roads (two cars passing each other have to watch for their mirrors).
The local community has decided to commemorate people who decided to fly to Europe and help fight the German war machine.
You can read as follows:
PAMIĘCI LOTNIKÓW AMERYKAŃSKIEGO BOMBOWCA B-17G NR 43-38231 “Try’N Getit” Z 728. ESKADRY, 452. GRUPY BOMBOWEJ 8. ARMII LOTNICZEJ KTÓRZY WYLĄDOWALI W TYM MIEJSCU
2nd Lt Warren Irvine Knox – pilot
2nd Lt LeVeene T. Larson – co-pilot
F/O Jesse H. Champlin – navigator
Sgt Louis B. Abdallah – toglier
Sgt Robert J. LeCoque – top turret gunner
Sgt Ray A. Sundet – rario operator
Sgt James L. Moore – ball turret gunner
S/Sgt Glenn Stockglausner – waist gunner
Sgt Daniel Drlich – tail gunner
S/Sgt Willard Sherwood – radio operator
IN MEMORY OF THE AIRMAN OF THE AMERICAN BOMBER B-17G No 43-38231 “Try’n Getit” FROM TE 728th SQ 452nd BG OF THE 8th AIR FORCE LANDED IN THIS PLACE ON MARCH 19, 1945.
The best thing about this remarkable coincidence is that I was on my way to meet the Airman from the Delaware Air National Guard. Further more, soon American aviators will bring helicopters to Powidz Air Base and it is not rare to see a tanker landing there. Remarkable how fate can cross peoples and airman’s paths.