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    Default My grandfathers B-17

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    Two months ago parts of the wreckage of my grandfathers B-17G was located in Linz Austria. Amazing all the info that came up on this thread. I'm just sitting here in awe and missing my grandfather.

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    + Rest in Peace to all of them +

    Never forget their heroic sacrifice.
    *salute*

    Touching....poignant.......amazing........thank you for sharing.

    EDIT: Forgot to recognize the efforts of the villagers..... Bless them all.
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    My grandfather was MIA in Korea. Years ago the DOD had my dad and uncle out to DC for a briefing. They had charts, maps, and radio logs. Granddad was on a night time interdiction against the Chinese over what is currently the western end of the DMZ. His last radio transmission was "Outbound from target area", then nothing. Based on the mission and the planned route, he either went down in what is now the DMZ, or farther west into the ocean. The DMZ is one area the DPRK has never allowed JPAC to search.

    I'm guessing your granddad was one of the survivors. It's good you had time with him, any at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by James View Post
    My grandfather was MIA in Korea. Years ago the DOD had my dad and uncle out to DC for a briefing. They had charts, maps, and radio logs. Granddad was on a night time interdiction against the Chinese over what is currently the western end of the DMZ. His last radio transmission was "Outbound from target area", then nothing. Based on the mission and the planned route, he either went down in what is now the DMZ, or farther west into the ocean. The DMZ is one area the DPRK has never allowed JPAC to search.

    I'm guessing your granddad was one of the survivors. It's good you had time with him, any at all.
    Sorry to hear about your Grandfather. My grandfather Jesse Lopez was one of the survivors mentioned in the linked thread and passed away in 2009.
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    Quote Originally Posted by T-5 Killer View Post
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    Two months ago parts of the wreckage of my grandfathers B-17G was located in Linz Austria. Amazing all the info that came up on this thread. I'm just sitting here in awe and missing my grandfather.
    The internet is an amazing thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by T-5 Killer View Post
    Sorry to hear about your Grandfather. My grandfather Jesse Lopez was one of the survivors mentioned in the linked thread and passed away in 2009.
    Amazing that wreckage of the B17 found now, it is good your grandfather survived, RIP to those who died and bless the villagers who aided the living after the crash. what an amazing story.

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    Quote Originally Posted by T-5 Killer View Post
    Sorry to hear about your Grandfather. My grandfather Jesse Lopez was one of the survivors mentioned in the linked thread and passed away in 2009.
    I'm glad you were able to learn more about his experiences and I'm sorry he's gone. Somewhere recently I heard a good quote - something like "When an old person dies, it's like a library burning down."

    Godspeed to Jesse Lopez.

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    Quote Originally Posted by James View Post
    I'm glad you were able to learn more about his experiences and I'm sorry he's gone. Somewhere recently I heard a good quote - something like "When an old person dies, it's like a library burning down."

    Godspeed to Jesse Lopez.
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    Quote Originally Posted by T-5 Killer View Post
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    Two months ago parts of the wreckage of my grandfathers B-17G was located in Linz Austria. Amazing all the info that came up on this thread. I'm just sitting here in awe and missing my grandfather.
    Would you know which Stalag your grandfather was held in? and if he kept his Kriegie Dogtag?

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    Quote Originally Posted by James View Post
    Godspeed to Jesse Lopez.
    Amazing story, T-5.

    Yours, too, James.

    Godspeed to all the MIAs and POWs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LineDoggie View Post
    Would you know which Stalag your grandfather was held in? and if he kept his Kriegie Dogtag?
    Stalag 3A IIRC I don't know but I will ask my father he would know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by T-5 Killer View Post
    Stalag 3A IIRC I don't know but I will ask my father he would know.
    Ouch, heres some info on Stalag IIIa

    http://www.stalag3a.com/ImagesFramed.htm

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    Amazing. Being from Linz I know the rough area where it went down.

    Linz was one of the most heavily defended targets in southern parts of the German Reich due to the industial base. There was a large steelmill that manufactured most of the heavy plates for the largest and most modern tank assembly-plant in Germany, the Nibelungenwerke just a few miles from Linz. Other heavy industry included a benzol plant and it was the one of the main transport hubs in the southern parts of Germany. The city contained multiple labour-outposts of KZ Mauthausen, which was the only Tier III KZ in the entire Reich.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mauthau...entration_camp

    Attacking Linz was dreaded by Allied air-crews.

    RIP to the fallen and I'm glad that this story came to light.

    Interviews with US troops occupying/liberating Linz, shot on the main square.


    After the war the part of Linz north of the Danube was occupied by the Soviets, while the main part of the city was occupied by the US.

    PS: That thread states that your grandfather was kept prisoner in Stalag Luft IV, not Stalag IIIa.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Laconian View Post
    Amazing story, T-5.

    Yours, too, James.

    Godspeed to all the MIAs and POWs.

    My thoughts too.


    Many untold stories out there that we are slowing discovering some of them.

    Rest In Peace.

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    Thanks for all the kind words guys.

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