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    Default names HEIDE, CARLONE, COMAC, HOMER, KLOPOLSKY 17/8/43

    Does anyone know these fliers?

    Von der HEIDE, Don S. (possibly should be ‘Van der’)
    CARLONE, Anthony L.
    COMAC, Peter
    HOMER, J. Mitts (possibly J. = Jr.)
    KLOPOLSKY, John R.

    All appear to have been lost 17 August 1943. The names appear in German records of American aircrew lost but are listed as ‘RAF’ and ‘Engländer’, aircraft is ‘B-17F’. Possibly interred at Antwerp.

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    Bruce

    Comac, Von der Heyde and Koplosky are listed as being aboard B-17 42-5225 'Stormy Weather' of the 323rd BS, 91st BG, lost August 17th 1943:

    https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/...33/peter-comac

    http://www.americanairmuseum.com/aircraft/7892

    Crew of B-17 "Stormy Weather" (#42-5225):

    Comac, Peter, T/Sgt, Pennsylvania
    Klopolsky, John R., T/Sgt, Radio-Op, California
    Mitts, Homer J., Jr., Sgt, Waist Gunner, Tennessee
    Primeau, Donald, 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot, Massachusetts
    Sparman, Dick L., S/Sgt, Waist Gunner, Montana
    Von Der Heyde, Don S., 2nd Lt, Pilot, Pennsylvania
    Walton, Mack D., S/Sgt, Tail Gunner, Tennessee
    Wannemacher, William, S/Sgt, Ball Gunner, New York

    I'm guessing your 'Homer' may be Homer Mitts?

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    Simon
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    Also:

    TS Anthony L. Carlone was aboard B-17 42-30176 of the 335th BS, 95th BG, lost the same date:

    http://www.americanairmuseum.com/aircraft/4146

    Regards

    Simon

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    Thank you, Simon, they all fit the information on the document. The German documents for these crew all have them as RAF, looks like 'fake news'.

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    Since the original post, and answer from Simon, I have found more examples of American casualties being described in the initial German reports as 'RAF', and the error is then repeated in the subsequent forms that were circulated. I imagine this caused confusion when the allies reconciled losses after the war. All the examples (so far) originate in Cologne in August 1943.

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