Picture date: November 30, 1944
Theissen, Germany

OverlayTheissen, Germany

Original image caption:

END OF A FORTRESS-A B-17 Flying Fortress of the U.S. Army 8th Air Force goes down over Germany with fuel tank blazing, during an attack on oil targets at Merseburg. Other targets for the day included synthetic oil plants at Lutzkendorf, Bohlen and Zeitz, and a marshalling yard in the Saarbrucken area.

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This B-17 Flying Fortress was identified as #43-37877 of the 487th Bomb Group. It received a direct flak hit and crashed near Theissen, Germany. Piloted by Lloyd W. Kersten. 7 KIA; 2 POW. More details here:

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