Lot of 1986 AIR FORCE POLICY LETTERS*Owned by WWII B-17 Navigator*German POW For Sale
Lot of 1986 AIR FORCE POLICY LETTERS*Owned by WWII B-17 Navigator*German POW:
You are offerding on a lot of nine Air Force Policy Letters for Commanders From the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force. All are from 1986.
Each one of these letters has the recipient mailing address to Lieutenant ColonelRaynold G Engstrand.Lieutenant ColonelRaynold G Engstrand was one of our heroes who served in WWII. Hewas assigned to the 379th Bombardment Group as a navigator flying B-17s in combat missions over Germany.
Here is his story:
Raynold Engstrand was born onSeptember 30, 1924in Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota. Hedied onJuly 28, 2007in Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota.
Enlisted in the Army Air Corps in June 1943, took basic training at Sheppard Field, TS and attended CTD at Peabody State Teachers College in Nashville, TN.. Bombardier preflight was in Santa Ana, CA: Aerial Flexible Gunnery School, at Kingman AAF, AZ; advanced bombardier training at Kirtland Field, Albuquerque, NM; and B-24 crew training at Davis Monthan AAF, Tucson, AZ.
Assigned to 379th Bomber Group, 527th Squadron, Kimbolton, England. He was shot down on Ash Wednesday 1945 (February 14th).
The First Air Division of the 8th Air Force, with 311 bombers began bombing the marshaling yards of Dresden, Germany at 12:17 pm from an altitude of 28,000 feet. Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s Day was February 14, 1945. Ash Wednesday has not occurred on Valentine’s Day since and will not happen again until the year 2018. His B-17 bomber was shot down by German flak at 2:50pm and he was captured about an hour later.
American Raynold Engstrand arrived at the Wetzler prisoner of war camp on 25th March 1945, just in time to join a march out of the camp two days later. There were about 70 prisoners, mostly American but a few British including RAF Wing Commander Carling-Kelly. The 4th Armored Division liberated them on 30th March at Neideraula.
The crew was on 379th Bomber Group mission #278 to Dresden, Germany (Viaduct), in aircraft 43-39147 (FO-O 527th BS). The aircraft was hit by flak over front lines, the wing caught fire and exploded, and seven chutes were seen. Two crew members were killed.
Returned to the U.S. and completed pilot training. Participated in the Cuban Missile crisis in 1962 as a B-52H aircraft commander. He retired from the Air Force June 30, 1965.Would make a super addition to a collection.
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