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|Pilot 2nd Lt. Robert B. Wolbrink, O-777072 (interned, survived)
Co-Pilot 2nd Lt. Jerry M. Kroot (interned, survived)
Navigator-Bombardier 2nd Lt Byron F. Field, Jr. (interned, survived)
Engineer Cpl Matthew M. Glodek, 42020135 (KIA, BR) NY
Radio-Gunner Cpl Roy A. De Haven, 33764970 (interned, survived)
Gunner Cpl Roy C. Caris, 33522828 (interned, survived)
Crash Landed June 9, 1945 at 3:40pm
The weather was broken stratus from sea level to 1,200' with breaks running north and south and were narrow east and west. The top of the stratus lowered westward becoming ragged and disappearing along the east coast of Kamchatka, Shimushu and over the east coast of Paramushir. To the west over Araido CAVU weather existed.
Five minutes after leaving the target area, B-25 piloted by Captain Irving called to this aircraft and reported his right engine had smoke coming from it. Wolbrink closed formation and reported the engine was alright. At the same time, six Japanese fighters attacked the formation, forcing them to fly over Cape Lopatka, and began receiving ground fire from Russian batteries, including both anti-aircraft fire and small arms tracers. The formation began taking evasive action to avoid the fire. This B-25 was last reported approximately ten minutes south of Petropavlovsk on southeastern Kamchatka.
This B-25 was hit by Soviet anti-aircraft fire including a burst to the right of the B-25, causing a long stream of fire from the top turret and damage to the right engine, requiring it to be feathered. Damaged, this aircraft veered off to the left, then level off before starting a sharp diving left turn before disappearing into the fog below then a smoke column was observed. Aboard, the anti-aircraft fire killed engineer Glodek. The last radio message received from this aircraft was "Tuk in ten minutes - - - salvo - -- (message faded out). After the crash, the surviving crew were interned by the Soviet Union. This was the first time Soviet anti-aircraft fire hits an American aircraft.
Fates of the Crew
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