Dutch WWII Airwar Researcher Jacobus "Co" de Swart investigated WWII air combat victory claims of German Luftwaffe Fighter Pilot Oberleutnant Erich Burkert. De Swart's research found confirmation of those claims, including two USAAF B-17s, one from the 95th Bombardment Group on 17 August 1943, and one from the 96th Bombardment Group on 20 October 1943. This photo Gallery presents the results of the research, as well as the modern day gatherings of the descendants of the combatants and witnesses to these events. Among the researchers de Swart collaborated with to fill some voids were the Belgian team at The Comet Network.

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  • Co de Swart Co de Swart
  • Co de Swart Co de Swart
  • Data Crew B 17 42 30274 Our Bay Bee Aug 17 1943 Data Crew B 17 42 30274 Our Bay Bee Aug 17 1943
  • 8th USAAF 96thBG Mission report Oct.20-1943 8th USAAF 96thBG Mission report Oct.20-1943
  • Medals and captions Medals and captions
  •   B-17  MZ V   >Call sign B-17 MZ V >Call sign
  •  Aug 17 1943 Ops Rpt pg1 Aug 17 1943 Ops Rpt pg1
  • Geyer B17 crew Geyer B17 crew
  • Geyer Crew: USAAF B-17 42-3439 Geyer Crew: USAAF B-17 42-3439
  • Story 42 30274 (-1-) Story 42 30274 (-1-)
  • Story 42 30274   (-2-) Story 42 30274 (-2-)
  • UK, spring 1943: Geyer Crew in Trainingsflight UK, spring 1943: Geyer Crew in Trainingsflight
  • Story 42 30274 (-3-) Story 42 30274 (-3-)
  • Lt Walter Baker 1943 Lt Walter Baker 1943
  • Martin Minnich Martin Minnich
  • Nav. Cedric Nussbaum Nav. Cedric Nussbaum
  • German WWII  Fighter gridmap German WWII Fighter gridmap
  • Henry Hank Sarnow Bombardier Henry Hank Sarnow Bombardier
  • German Luftwaffe Oblt. Erich M. Burkert JG 26 German Luftwaffe Oblt. Erich M. Burkert JG 26
  • Cpilot's 1945 Telegram to his parents  "Coming Home" Cpilot's 1945 Telegram to his parents "Coming Home"
  • John White BTG John White BTG
  • Erich Burkert, 2nd from L: Russia Spring 1943 Erich Burkert, 2nd from L: Russia Spring 1943
  • Alvin Forney, Tech. Alvin Forney, Tech.
  • 013 Luftwaffe Career Oblt E Burkert 1909 1944 013 Luftwaffe Career Oblt E Burkert 1909 1944
  •  Bill Binnebose , gunner Bill Binnebose , gunner
  • Lw Fighterpilot Burkert JG 26 photograped at Schiphol Airport Aug 17-1943 congratulated by his groundcrew after downing B-17 42-30274 over Mol, Belgium Lw Fighterpilot Burkert JG 26 photograped at Schiphol Airport Aug 17-1943 congratulated by his groundcrew after downing B-17 42-30274 over Mol, Belgium
  • Walter Mc Dermott , Radio/TTG Walter Mc Dermott , Radio/TTG
  • Dutch Policereport on crash B-17 42-3439 in De Bilt, NL, Oct. 1943. Dutch Policereport on crash B-17 42-3439 in De Bilt, NL, Oct. 1943.
  • Roscoe James Alderman, gunner Roscoe James Alderman, gunner
  • crashsite B-17 42-3439, De Bilt NL, Oct. 20-1943 crashsite B-17 42-3439, De Bilt NL, Oct. 20-1943
  • Albert Gray Bergeron, TG Albert Gray Bergeron, TG
  • German Fighterpilot looking at the remains of his victim, B-17-3439 German Fighterpilot looking at the remains of his victim, B-17-3439
  • Crash-site B-17 'Our Bay Bee' Mol Belgium Crash-site B-17 'Our Bay Bee' Mol Belgium
  • 018 crashDe Bilt4 018 crashDe Bilt4
  • MACR 402 MACR 402
  • crashsite B-17 42-3439, De Bilt NL, Oct. 20-1943 crashsite B-17 42-3439, De Bilt NL, Oct. 20-1943
  • German Luftwaffe HQ Info  Crashdata B-17 German Luftwaffe HQ Info Crashdata B-17
  • crashsite B-17 42-3439, De Bilt NL, Oct. 20-1943 crashsite B-17 42-3439, De Bilt NL, Oct. 20-1943
  • Luftwaffe Fighterpilot Oblt Erich Burkert  7/9JG26 Luftwaffe Fighterpilot Oblt Erich Burkert 7/9JG26
  • Same German officer in rubbish after the crash Same German officer in rubbish after the crash
  • Schiphol Airport Holland > Burkert Aug 17 1943 Schiphol Airport Holland > Burkert Aug 17 1943
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  • Luftwaffe Career Oblt E Burkert (1909 1944) Luftwaffe Career Oblt E Burkert (1909 1944)
  • ID Plate of one of the B-17's engines, found on the crashsite later ID Plate of one of the B-17's engines, found on the crashsite later
  •  Pilot Charles Geyer Prison ID Pilot Charles Geyer Prison ID
  • Burkert's  Wingman Lw  Fighterpilot  Fw. WernerKraft Burkert's Wingman Lw Fighterpilot Fw. WernerKraft
  • File Luftwaffe Pilot career Werner Kraft File Luftwaffe Pilot career Werner Kraft
  •  MIA/ Missing Telegram Dec 18 1943 2 MIA/ Missing Telegram Dec 18 1943 2
  • German Fighter Grid Map German Fighter Grid Map
  • Farmhouse Raaymakers Jekschotstraat 5b 1, Zijtaart, NL Farmhouse Raaymakers Jekschotstraat 5b 1, Zijtaart, NL
  • Hidingplace Sarnow-and Minnich Hidingplace Sarnow-and Minnich
  • Zijtaart, Holland 2004, author with witness Richard van Nunen ( blue jacket) Zijtaart, Holland 2004, author with witness Richard van Nunen ( blue jacket)
  • 'Lock' 6 in Canal Antwerp/Liege(Lüttich) 'Lock' 6 in Canal Antwerp/Liege(Lüttich)
  • Oberursel, Germany: German ID for Co-pilot Surdez Oberursel, Germany: German ID for Co-pilot Surdez
  • Belgian Police report on the crash Belgian Police report on the crash
  • US-Cal. paper  reporting the Missing of USAAF airman Surdez ( 1) US-Cal. paper reporting the Missing of USAAF airman Surdez ( 1)
  • Youngster Emile Joris, Belgian helper 1943 Youngster Emile Joris, Belgian helper 1943
  • Surdez in training 1942 Surdez in training 1942
  • Parents-House of joungster Emile Joris, Parents-House of joungster Emile Joris,
  • Burlingham Paper:  Airman Surdez missing in ETO Burlingham Paper: Airman Surdez missing in ETO
  • August Fruythof August Fruythof
  • Early 1944:Letter Sq. Cdr to Surdez parents regretting  his MIA Early 1944:Letter Sq. Cdr to Surdez parents regretting his MIA
  • Marcel Coppin Marcel Coppin
  • Surdez (L) in Stalg Luft 1 Surdez (L) in Stalg Luft 1
  • A Belgian Hero's Rest A Belgian Hero's Rest
  • Still humour in POW Camp Still humour in POW Camp
  • From Fruythof's book: Page 1 From Fruythof's book: Page 1
  • Telegram to Parents Surdez 1945:  I'm on my way home Telegram to Parents Surdez 1945: I'm on my way home
  •  Don Mills with dear wife early 1943                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Don Mills with dear wife early 1943
  • Page 2 Page 2
  • 037 Don Mills 001 037 Don Mills 001
  • Page 3 Page 3
  • Page 4 Page 4
  • Fall 1943:For Bomb. Don Mills> first safehouse after foot-trip from chutelanding site in Holland Fall 1943:For Bomb. Don Mills> first safehouse after foot-trip from chutelanding site in Holland
  • Page 5 Page 5
  • Angelique Fruythof Angelique Fruythof
  • 040 Pierre Elhorga French Resistance (Cometline) 040 Pierre Elhorga French Resistance (Cometline)
  • 041 Jeanne Marthe Mendiara Villenave/safehouse 041 Jeanne Marthe Mendiara Villenave/safehouse
  • Gunner Melvin Litke, when with 15thAF in Italy, photographed shortly before returning hom after his completed 'tour' Gunner Melvin Litke, when with 15thAF in Italy, photographed shortly before returning hom after his completed 'tour'
  • Mel Litke, photographed on 'his position' on Michigan Airshow, mid 1990-ies Mel Litke, photographed on 'his position' on Michigan Airshow, mid 1990-ies
  • Matthys Gaston Belgian Comete Escapeline Matthys Gaston Belgian Comete Escapeline
  • Remembering Aäron Becker KIA, gunner/Radio Geyer Crew Remembering Aäron Becker KIA, gunner/Radio Geyer Crew
  • Minnich and Sarnow with Monsieur Gaston who hid them Minnich and Sarnow with Monsieur Gaston who hid them
  • 'Bob' Randell, KIA gunner Geyer Crew 'Bob' Randell, KIA gunner Geyer Crew
  • Anne Brusselmans Anne Brusselmans
  •  Margraten Cemetery, NL > graves of crewmbrs Becker and Randel Margraten Cemetery, NL > graves of crewmbrs Becker and Randel
  • Ann Brusselmans and husband Julien Ann Brusselmans and husband Julien
  • Crewmbr. Geyer Crew: Guillianelli  KIA Crewmbr. Geyer Crew: Guillianelli KIA
  • Burton Graham s Book Burton Graham s Book
  • A Hero's Rest A Hero's Rest
  • Escapees in civil Escapees in civil
  • KIA Crewmbr.  Lantron's data (-1-) KIA Crewmbr. Lantron's data (-1-)
  • about the escapees 1 about the escapees 1
  • KIA Crewmbr.  Lantron's data  (-2-) KIA Crewmbr. Lantron's data (-2-)
  • Edward L Lantron's Grave site in Borger, Tx. Edward L Lantron's Grave site in Borger, Tx.
  • about the escapees 4 about the escapees 4
  • 052 TMP165 jpg B17 crew 001 052 TMP165 jpg B17 crew 001
  • about the escapees 3 about the escapees 3
  • 053 Gravesite Parker Newark NJ 053 Gravesite Parker Newark NJ
  • Sarnow s 1943 note to Anne Brusselmans Sarnow s 1943 note to Anne Brusselmans
  • James ('Jim')  Parker and his Mom 1943 James ('Jim') Parker and his Mom 1943
  • Minnich Letters to and about August Gus Fruythof Minnich Letters to and about August Gus Fruythof
  • Jeanne Marthe Mendiara Villenave/Safehouse Jeanne Marthe Mendiara Villenave/Safehouse
  • 055 Parker at Fort Dix 1942 055 Parker at Fort Dix 1942
  • 056 NJ Daily Jim Parkers MIA 056 NJ Daily Jim Parkers MIA
  • Pierre Elhorga, French helper Comet Escapelone Line Pierre Elhorga, French helper Comet Escapelone Line
  • Florentino Coicoechea Florentino Coicoechea
  • 057 Litke Lantron and Parker 057 Litke Lantron and Parker
  • 058 Left Mel Litke second left Jim Parker 058 Left Mel Litke second left Jim Parker
  • Press article loss Lt Baker Press article loss Lt Baker
  • 059 2 Jim Parker medal 059 2 Jim Parker medal
  • Lt Baker Lt Baker
  • 060 Richard van Nunen 1941 060 Richard van Nunen 1941
  • Wartime for Walt Baker s wife too Wartime for Walt Baker s wife too
  • Nav Nussbaum preparing for flight Nav Nussbaum preparing for flight
  • Zijtaart, Holland 2005/ Richard v. Nunen at frmr chute-landing site of Doherty and Killarney Zijtaart, Holland 2005/ Richard v. Nunen at frmr chute-landing site of Doherty and Killarney
  • Nussbaum s German POW ID Card Nussbaum s German POW ID Card
  • ea 2005/ Frmr Farm of v.d. Ven family where Sur dez                                                         dez was hidden but also got arrested by German soldiers who had watched the chutelandings in the area                                      ea 2005/ Frmr Farm of v.d. Ven family where Sur dez dez was hidden but also got arrested by German soldiers who had watched the chutelandings in the area
  • Sarnow training with Bombsight equipment Sarnow training with Bombsight equipment
  • Page of the WWII-Otten safehouse scrapbook Page of the WWII-Otten safehouse scrapbook
  • Gunner Bill Binnebose and wife Gunner Bill Binnebose and wife
  • Published in Afees Newsmagazine by Co de Swart: 2005 Published in Afees Newsmagazine by Co de Swart: 2005
  • List of Allied airmen hidden in the Otten Safehouse, Erp, Holland 1942/1944 List of Allied airmen hidden in the Otten Safehouse, Erp, Holland 1942/1944
  • Jim Alderman and Bill Binnebose on leave, 1942 Jim Alderman and Bill Binnebose on leave, 1942
  • Award of Air Medal Award of Air Medal
  • His chute worked well and saved him His chute worked well and saved him
  • Binnebose tells his story at his old High School Binnebose tells his story at his old High School
  • Otten Safe house, Erp, Holland. 2014 Otten Safe house, Erp, Holland. 2014
  • Article Bill s story 2 Article Bill s story 2
  • Nov. 1943: Safehouse Doherty & Killarney in Maasniel/Roermond Nov. 1943: Safehouse Doherty & Killarney in Maasniel/Roermond
  • German Navy(!) Hospital-Archive book, Beverloo -Belgium German Navy(!) Hospital-Archive book, Beverloo -Belgium
  • Postwar letter from Resistance man Gerald Gorris , Roermond Postwar letter from Resistance man Gerald Gorris , Roermond
  • Bill s Beverlo letter 1 Bill s Beverlo letter 1
  • Binnebose first letter to his Mom from Belgian Beverlo Hospital 2 Binnebose first letter to his Mom from Belgian Beverlo Hospital 2
  • Rewards for a Dutch WWII Hero Rewards for a Dutch WWII Hero
  • Binnebose summarises his story 1 Binnebose summarises his story 1
  • Goodbay-and thanks note from Doherty-and Killarney Goodbay-and thanks note from Doherty-and Killarney
  • PostwarLetter from Resistance Tilburg to Doherty's wartime address when he left Aunt Coba's safehouse Tilburg PostwarLetter from Resistance Tilburg to Doherty's wartime address when he left Aunt Coba's safehouse Tilburg
  •   Binnebose (-2-) Binnebose (-2-)
  •  J F v Eerdewijk, Tiburg J F v Eerdewijk, Tiburg
  • Binnebose (-3-) Binnebose (-3-)
  • POW and Wounded POW and Wounded
  • 2004: Special Tilburg Magazine on Aunt Coba's Safehouse in WWII 2004: Special Tilburg Magazine on Aunt Coba's Safehouse in WWII
  • 075 Prison Chart Card for Killarney 075 Prison Chart Card for Killarney
  • In prison camp Stalag 17B Bill L with buddy In prison camp Stalag 17B Bill L with buddy
  • 96BG-Magazine 2005 page: on Aunt Coba and the two escapees. 96BG-Magazine 2005 page: on Aunt Coba and the two escapees.
  • Cedric Free Cedric Free
  • Nussbaum s POW story NJ Press article 1993 Nussbaum s POW story NJ Press article 1993
  • In-and Out chart Doherty Nov. 1943 from the Dutch Prison 'Oranjehotel in The Hague/Scheveningen In-and Out chart Doherty Nov. 1943 from the Dutch Prison 'Oranjehotel in The Hague/Scheveningen
  • Nussbaum Awarded NJ Hero 2001 Nussbaum Awarded NJ Hero 2001
  • Red Cross info to Doherty's parents: 'Your son is a POW in Germany' Red Cross info to Doherty's parents: 'Your son is a POW in Germany'
  • German POW/ID card for Nav. Doherty German POW/ID card for Nav. Doherty
  • Postwar:  Hank Sarnow presenting his twin-daughters  to Ann Brusselmans Postwar: Hank Sarnow presenting his twin-daughters to Ann Brusselmans
  • Sarnow Sarnow
  • Doherty Couple Home: Happily married after' (>the war) Doherty Couple Home: Happily married after' (>the war)
  • Binnebose visiting Sarnow postwar Binnebose visiting Sarnow postwar
  • Palm Springs USA 2003: Rober Paul Surdez ('Bud') Co-pilot B17 42-3439 visited by Co de Swart Palm Springs USA 2003: Rober Paul Surdez ('Bud') Co-pilot B17 42-3439 visited by Co de Swart
  • Airshow Palm Springs USA 2003:  Co & Bud Airshow Palm Springs USA 2003: Co & Bud
  • Sarnow Binnebose 2 Sarnow Binnebose 2
  • Surdez Sr. and son Steve  Surdez Jr. Surdez Sr. and son Steve Surdez Jr.
  • Headstone Sarnow Graveasite having passed away 1999 Headstone Sarnow Graveasite having passed away 1999
  • About Hank Sarnow by his kids About Hank Sarnow by his kids
  • Palm Springs, Cal/ Mar 2003 >  Two friends for life Palm Springs, Cal/ Mar 2003 > Two friends for life
  • Cal. USA:  late 1990-ies:  Regina Sarnow, daughter of....with Cal. USA: late 1990-ies: Regina Sarnow, daughter of....with
  • 2003 De Bilt, Holland> Invitation to attend the Memorial day for the Crew/5 KIA-and the three Dutch Victims 2003 De Bilt, Holland> Invitation to attend the Memorial day for the Crew/5 KIA-and the three Dutch Victims
  • Two friends for life (2) Two friends for life (2)
  • Justice Justice
  • co pilot Martin Minnich co pilot Martin Minnich
  • Jose Cladder, Pres. of Hist. Soc. De Bilt / Co de Swart Jose Cladder, Pres. of Hist. Soc. De Bilt / Co de Swart
  • Minnich s solo flight 1942 Minnich s solo flight 1942
  • Oct. 20-2003: Mayor of De Bilt welcoming attendees in the Townhall Oct. 20-2003: Mayor of De Bilt welcoming attendees in the Townhall
  • Happy Minnich couple Happy Minnich couple
  • Co de Swart  detailing photo exposition of searchresults for US Ambassador and wife Co de Swart detailing photo exposition of searchresults for US Ambassador and wife
  • Co pilot s Story Co pilot s Story
  • Shots of Photo exposition in Townhall De Bilt (-1- ) Shots of Photo exposition in Townhall De Bilt (-1- )
  • 2 Lt Martin Minnich Co pilot 2 Lt Martin Minnich Co pilot
  • Photoshow detail: German Berlin Paper Oct. 14-2003 publishing search results Photoshow detail: German Berlin Paper Oct. 14-2003 publishing search results
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  • TV Show I VE GOT A SECRET 1958 (YouTube) TV Show I VE GOT A SECRET 1958 (YouTube)
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  • Helped and helper united in Belgium Helped and helper united in Belgium
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  • Gust Fruythof and his book Gust Fruythof and his book
  • Ohio Press: Attention for frmr Resistance man Belgium visiting Ohio Press: Attention for frmr Resistance man Belgium visiting
  • Transport of attendees in old US Schoolbusses etc Transport of attendees in old US Schoolbusses etc
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  • Attendees on the crash-site welcomed by Big Band De Bilt with Glenn Miller tunes Attendees on the crash-site welcomed by Big Band De Bilt with Glenn Miller tunes
  • Memorial still covered by Dutch flag Memorial still covered by Dutch flag
  • Prosit on being united again Fruythof/ Minnich early 80 ies Prosit on being united again Fruythof/ Minnich early 80 ies
  • 1982 shortly before his death Fruythof meeting the Minnich s again 1982 shortly before his death Fruythof meeting the Minnich s again
  • Monument unveiled by Steve & Cathy Surdez and Horst an Gisela Burkert, Monument unveiled by Steve & Cathy Surdez and Horst an Gisela Burkert,
  • 2nd visit to his Belgian saviour Fruythof 2nd visit to his Belgian saviour Fruythof
  • Memorial info on turnable Cube of Monument Memorial info on turnable Cube of Monument
  • Oct. 20, 2003/14.45 sharp: WWII warbirds over the Monument Oct. 20, 2003/14.45 sharp: WWII warbirds over the Monument
  • 1945:   Just liberated fom wood camp 1945: Just liberated fom wood camp
  • Monument squaire Monument squaire
  • Obituary Crewmbr.  Walter T. Mc Dermott Obituary Crewmbr. Walter T. Mc Dermott
  • Forney Forney
  • Names of Dutch victims in the crash of the B-17-plane Names of Dutch victims in the crash of the B-17-plane
  • Memorial Info on one of the cube-squaires Memorial Info on one of the cube-squaires
  • Walter Baker flight training Walter Baker flight training
  • Background Info on Memorial Background Info on Memorial
  • Captain  Walter Baker postwar stationed in the UK Captain Walter Baker postwar stationed in the UK
  • Baker back in USAF Baker back in USAF
  • Americans meeting eachother in De Bilt, NL on Memorial Day Americans meeting eachother in De Bilt, NL on Memorial Day
  • Maj Walt Baker 1955 Maj Walt Baker 1955
  • Steve Surdez addressing attandees Memorial Day De Bilt 2003 Steve Surdez addressing attandees Memorial Day De Bilt 2003
  • Lt Col Walt Baker on Navy ship Lt Col Walt Baker on Navy ship
  • Gisela Burkert, daughter of the Luftwaffe pilot messaged the audiance Gisela Burkert, daughter of the Luftwaffe pilot messaged the audiance
  • Gravesite for Albert Bergeron, crewmbr. Gravesite for Albert Bergeron, crewmbr.
  • C:  Gisela Burkert and R: Louise de Swart C: Gisela Burkert and R: Louise de Swart
  • Mayor Tschernof of De Bilt with Jose Cladder and Co de swart Mayor Tschernof of De Bilt with Jose Cladder and Co de swart
  • Under US Flag again Under US Flag again
  • Closing words Co de Swart/ end of official part of the Memorial Closing words Co de Swart/ end of official part of the Memorial
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  • William Binnebose Jr RWGunner William Binnebose Jr RWGunner
  • Dinner with closest attendees  ending 'THE'  Memorial Day Dinner with closest attendees ending 'THE' Memorial Day
  • Tschernof with Louise de Swart Tschernof with Louise de Swart
  • Roscoe J Jim Alderman 1964 Roscoe J Jim Alderman 1964
  • 'De Jong' Family, sons of DE/Sara Lee Director/Manager 'De Jong' Family, sons of DE/Sara Lee Director/Manager
  • Crewmbr. John White,  1946 Crewmbr. John White, 1946
  • etc, etc. etc, etc.
  • Postwar en rtd in Tx: gunner B-17 42-30274 John White Postwar en rtd in Tx: gunner B-17 42-30274 John White
  • etc, etc. etc, etc.
  • 1999 :  Obituary for crewmbr  John White 001 1999 : Obituary for crewmbr John White 001
  • etc, etc. etc, etc.
  • Horst Burkert Jr 2003 Horst Burkert Jr 2003
  • Mrs Tschernof with German Defence Attache Mrs Tschernof with German Defence Attache
  • Report on Burkert being KIA 1944 Report on Burkert being KIA 1944
  • De Jong family mbrs De Jong family mbrs
  • Gravesite Fighterpilot Burkert  in Bourdon, France Gravesite Fighterpilot Burkert in Bourdon, France
  • Neuwied, Germany: Co de Swart / Horst Burkert Jr. Neuwied, Germany: Co de Swart / Horst Burkert Jr.
  • 2004: Dover, Ma. USA / Invitation to USAAF Vets to meet 'Friends from Holland' 2004: Dover, Ma. USA / Invitation to USAAF Vets to meet 'Friends from Holland'
  • Werner Kraft Lw Fighterpilot Werner Kraft Lw Fighterpilot
  • backsite of the invitation backsite of the invitation
  • Kraft stationed with 7 Staffel JG26 at St. Omer France 1942. Kraft stationed with 7 Staffel JG26 at St. Omer France 1942.
  • 2004: Dover, Ma. USA>Co with happy Doherty-daughters Pat-and Joan 2004: Dover, Ma. USA>Co with happy Doherty-daughters Pat-and Joan
  • Werner Kraft   (-2 ) Werner Kraft (-2 )
  • Bob Doherty, 8thUSAF Hist with Co de Swart at Meeting in Dover, Ma. USA Bob Doherty, 8thUSAF Hist with Co de Swart at Meeting in Dover, Ma. USA
  • Postwar: Kraft (L) rtd, at Annual Gemeinschaft der Flieger Annual Postwar: Kraft (L) rtd, at Annual Gemeinschaft der Flieger Annual
  • 2004, Dover: 8thAAF Vets leaving the Doherty Residence after a wonderful meeting 2004, Dover: 8thAAF Vets leaving the Doherty Residence after a wonderful meeting
  •  Dover, Ma,USA March 2004 Doherty 'hostesses' with 8th USAAF Vets Dover, Ma,USA March 2004 Doherty 'hostesses' with 8th USAAF Vets
  • Hans Werner Kraft Jr 2007,  Trier Germany 2007 Hans Werner Kraft Jr 2007, Trier Germany 2007
  • Our-Bay-Bee story B-17 42-20274 in German Luftwaffe Website Our-Bay-Bee story B-17 42-20274 in German Luftwaffe Website
  • Grateful Pat & Joan Doherty for succesfull Reception, with 'Love to Holland' Grateful Pat & Joan Doherty for succesfull Reception, with 'Love to Holland'
  • Visit Mol,Belgium, ± 2005 Angelique Fruythof Visit Mol,Belgium, ± 2005 Angelique Fruythof
  • 2004 Trip to the USA 2004 Trip to the USA
  • Palm Desert, 2004: Burt & Ruth Becker Hosts with Co de Swart Palm Desert, 2004: Burt & Ruth Becker Hosts with Co de Swart
  • Co with daughter Lw. Fighterpilot Werner Kraft Co with daughter Lw. Fighterpilot Werner Kraft
  • Info for the Americans:  96thBG News Magazine  publishing about the Memorial Day in De Bilt Info for the Americans: 96thBG News Magazine publishing about the Memorial Day in De Bilt
  • San Francisko Chronicle 2004/ Article on visit Co & Louise de Swart to 'Bud' and Mocha Surdezz San Francisko Chronicle 2004/ Article on visit Co & Louise de Swart to 'Bud' and Mocha Surdezz
  • 2010, Mol, Belgium,  Co with frmr. Arch./Hist of the Mol Commnity. 2010, Mol, Belgium, Co with frmr. Arch./Hist of the Mol Commnity.
  • San Francisco Chronicle/article (2) on Co de Swart's visit to Bob 'Bud' Surdez San Francisco Chronicle/article (2) on Co de Swart's visit to Bob 'Bud' Surdez
  • 2010, Colorado Springs USA Our Bay-Bee kids Meeting 2010, Colorado Springs USA Our Bay-Bee kids Meeting
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  • Happy Couple de Swart, job well-done Happy Couple de Swart, job well-done
  •  Summer 2004, wife Lily,  Bud  Surdez, Steve Surdez Jr. Summer 2004, wife Lily, Bud Surdez, Steve Surdez Jr.
  • Co with AFEES' Pres.  John Katsaros Co with AFEES' Pres. John Katsaros
  • 133 Summer 2004 Bud Dave and Mocha 010 1 133 Summer 2004 Bud Dave and Mocha 010 1
  • The late Canadian Historian Geoffry Warren presenting the Escape stories. The late Canadian Historian Geoffry Warren presenting the Escape stories.
  • Article for SF Chronicle on Bud Surdez passing Aug. 2004 Article for SF Chronicle on Bud Surdez passing Aug. 2004
  • 'Bill Binnebose'  presenting his 'thanks' to everyone for being present. 'Bill Binnebose' presenting his 'thanks' to everyone for being present.
  • Kansas City 2004 /8th USAF Hist.Soc Annual Kansas City 2004 /8th USAF Hist.Soc Annual
  • 'Surprise': frmr. AFEES Pres, Yvonne Daily -Brusselmans.... 'Surprise': frmr. AFEES Pres, Yvonne Daily -Brusselmans....
  • 2004, Goodland, Kansas 2004, Goodland, Kansas
  • Pilot Walter Baker's granddaughter Debora Kalens with Co de Swart Pilot Walter Baker's granddaughter Debora Kalens with Co de Swart
  • Goodland Newspaper reporting Co de Swart visiting widow and stepfather of  Crewmbr Lantron's son 'Curt'Lantron Goodland Newspaper reporting Co de Swart visiting widow and stepfather of Crewmbr Lantron's son 'Curt'Lantron
  • Co de Swart hugged by Regina Sarnow Co de Swart hugged by Regina Sarnow
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  • Guest Don Mills Jr/Co de Swart/ Jane Binnebose Guest Don Mills Jr/Co de Swart/ Jane Binnebose
  • Goodland, Ka.  Paper article on Co de Swart's visit. Goodland, Ka. Paper article on Co de Swart's visit.
  • Kansas Trip 2004 Kansas Trip 2004
  • Goodland, Ka.  Paper article on Co de Swart's visit. Goodland, Ka. Paper article on Co de Swart's visit.
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  • John Jr. and Michelle White from S. Antonio Tx. John Jr. and Michelle White from S. Antonio Tx.
  • Guests Marvin Nauman , Gig Harbour Wa. and Cleo Morrrisson from Borger TX Guests Marvin Nauman , Gig Harbour Wa. and Cleo Morrrisson from Borger TX
  • Washington Va, 2005 / Co de Swart/Mel Litke Washington Va, 2005 / Co de Swart/Mel Litke
  • Cleo Morrisson  and husband Cleo Morrisson and husband
  • Washington Va, 2005 /  Litke with hostess 8thAF HS Washington Va, 2005 / Litke with hostess 8thAF HS
  • 145 2005 Washington Va Mel Litke L and Co de Swart 145 2005 Washington Va Mel Litke L and Co de Swart
  • Minnich's daughter 'Cathy' and  Minnich's  sister Phylis Jean Minnich's daughter 'Cathy' and Minnich's sister Phylis Jean
  • Happy couple de Swart from Holland Happy couple de Swart from Holland
  • 146 Mel Litke at WWII Memorial Va 146 Mel Litke at WWII Memorial Va
  • Afees Annual 2010 Col. Springs, Col. USA Afees Annual 2010 Col. Springs, Col. USA
  • 147 Michigan 2006 Mel Litke attending VFW Annual Parade 147 Michigan 2006 Mel Litke attending VFW Annual Parade
  • Denver, Col :  Relax time........left :..... Denver, Col : Relax time........left :.....
  • 2006> Zeist, Holland> Lois Randel / Co de swart 2006> Zeist, Holland> Lois Randel / Co de swart
  • Meeting:  Geoff Warren / Don Mills Jr./ Co de Swart Meeting: Geoff Warren / Don Mills Jr./ Co de Swart
  • Co de Swart handing Lois Randel a miniature of the memorial for her brother Bob KIA Co de Swart handing Lois Randel a miniature of the memorial for her brother Bob KIA
  • Congratulations from the 'Our Bay-Bee' Group for Co & Louise de Swart. Congratulations from the 'Our Bay-Bee' Group for Co & Louise de Swart.
  • 2005> De Bilt, Holland> at Memorial 2005> De Bilt, Holland> at Memorial
  • Afees Annual 2010 Col. Springs, Col. USA Afees Annual 2010 Col. Springs, Col. USA
  • Bemidji, Mi, USA  Paper article on the Randel-sisters' visit to De Bilt, Holland Bemidji, Mi, USA Paper article on the Randel-sisters' visit to De Bilt, Holland
  • Yvonne Daily Brusselmans (L) meeting the Martin Minnich kinship Yvonne Daily Brusselmans (L) meeting the Martin Minnich kinship
  • John Jr. and Michelle White from S. Antonio Tx..  Maj. Strom, Sarnow's son i law John Jr. and Michelle White from S. Antonio Tx.. Maj. Strom, Sarnow's son i law
  • De Bilt/Memorial- Restance man Richard van Nunen De Bilt/Memorial- Restance man Richard van Nunen
  • Jan.6-2006 Veghel, Holland /Awards for Resistance hero Jan.6-2006 Veghel, Holland /Awards for Resistance hero
  • Attendees Afees Annual 2010 Col.. Springs Attendees Afees Annual 2010 Col.. Springs
  •  (2) (2)
  • 2010: Message from Spain for attending escapee-kids 2010: Message from Spain for attending escapee-kids
  •   (-3-) (-3-)
  • Gisela Burkert, daughter of the Luftwaffe pilot messaged the attendeesnce Gisela Burkert, daughter of the Luftwaffe pilot messaged the attendeesnce
  • Dogtag Sarnow 'home' after 75 years. Dogtag Sarnow 'home' after 75 years.
  •  Dutch Bert Monster, frmr Resistance C-Holland Dutch Bert Monster, frmr Resistance C-Holland
  • Dogtag Sarnow on it's way 'home' after 75 years. Dogtag Sarnow on it's way 'home' after 75 years.
  •   (-4-)  US Afees Reward for Richard van Nunen (-4-) US Afees Reward for Richard van Nunen
  • Jan 6-2006:  Co de Swart handing Richard van Nunen Surprise Jan 6-2006: Co de Swart handing Richard van Nunen Surprise
  • Robbie and Regina Sarnow, happy with their father's 'Belgian found' dogtag Robbie and Regina Sarnow, happy with their father's 'Belgian found' dogtag
  •   -2- -2-
  •  Holland 2006 Escapelinehelper van Nunen Holland honoured and intervieuwed IMG 0381 Holland 2006 Escapelinehelper van Nunen Holland honoured and intervieuwed IMG 0381
  •     -3- -3-
  • Richard van Nunen Richard van Nunen
  •     -4- -4-
  • Dear Stacy Parker Ferrati coming over to Holland to honour her Uncle Jim Parker Dear Stacy Parker Ferrati coming over to Holland to honour her Uncle Jim Parker
  • Story now on THIS gallery-site/ EARLLIER 'GALLERY' IS NON ACTIVE Story now on THIS gallery-site/ EARLLIER 'GALLERY' IS NON ACTIVE
  • May 2008 Stacy Parker Ferratti at the Memorial May 2008 Stacy Parker Ferratti at the Memorial
  •  Margraten Holland 2008 Ann Becker Russell at gravesite uncle Aäron Becker Margraten Holland 2008 Ann Becker Russell at gravesite uncle Aäron Becker
  • a 'Thank You' from Co de Swart a 'Thank You' from Co de Swart
  • The two at the Memorial in De Bilt The two at the Memorial in De Bilt
  • Dogtag  Pilot B-17 42-30274 Walter Baker Dogtag Pilot B-17 42-30274 Walter Baker
  • 166 Burkert Jr R studying family archive with Co de Swart 166 Burkert Jr R studying family archive with Co de Swart
  • San Antonio, TX,  John White Jr. Family San Antonio, TX, John White Jr. Family
  • Mol , Belgium Hospital WWII Mol , Belgium Hospital WWII
  • German Luftwaffe /JG 26 Oblt. Erich M. Burkert/ 1943 German Luftwaffe /JG 26 Oblt. Erich M. Burkert/ 1943
  • Belgian Witness of  Binnebose arrest  Mr  Frans Vleugels Belgian Witness of Binnebose arrest Mr Frans Vleugels
  • 21 Jan. 1944 :Fighterpilot Erich Burkert KIA over Laon, N-France 21 Jan. 1944 :Fighterpilot Erich Burkert KIA over Laon, N-France
  • Lille, Belgium, 2005: Meeting with Daughter of Resistance man Marcel Coppin Lille, Belgium, 2005: Meeting with Daughter of Resistance man Marcel Coppin
  • German Mil. cemetery Bourdon, N- France German Mil. cemetery Bourdon, N- France
  • 8thAF Museum , Pooler, Ga. 2011 8thAF Museum , Pooler, Ga. 2011
  • Grave site German Luftwaffe pilot JG 26 in Bourdon,  N-France Grave site German Luftwaffe pilot JG 26 in Bourdon, N-France
  • Baker Crew Our Bay-Bee kids with Gen.USAF Mc. Nabb Baker Crew Our Bay-Bee kids with Gen.USAF Mc. Nabb
  • Margraten Mil. cemetery, Holland: regular visitors couple Co & Louise de Swart Margraten Mil. cemetery, Holland: regular visitors couple Co & Louise de Swart
  • 8thAF Museum , Pooler, Ga. 2011 8thAF Museum , Pooler, Ga. 2011
  • Researcher Co de Swart with 'his' Memorial/Monument Researcher Co de Swart with 'his' Memorial/Monument
  • 2010: US Afees Annual Col. Springs USA: Geoff Warren/Don Mills Jr./Co de Swart 2010: US Afees Annual Col. Springs USA: Geoff Warren/Don Mills Jr./Co de Swart
  • 2010: US Afees Annual Col. Springs USA: Don Mills Jr./Co de Swart/Afees'Secr.Jane Binnebose 2010: US Afees Annual Col. Springs USA: Don Mills Jr./Co de Swart/Afees'Secr.Jane Binnebose
  • Robert Bousmanne 1945 Robert Bousmanne 1945
  • Left: Couples Coppin and fiancee and  Bousmanne  1945 Left: Couples Coppin and fiancee and Bousmanne 1945
  • 175 IMG 0190 175 IMG 0190
  • Bousmanne Statement on saving John White Bousmanne Statement on saving John White
  • 176 Each year flowers at the Monument 176 Each year flowers at the Monument
  • Bousmanne Statement page 2 Bousmanne Statement page 2
  • De Bilt,NL: 2014. Pat Doherty/husband Tom Leary De Bilt,NL: 2014. Pat Doherty/husband Tom Leary
  • Bousmanne Statement page 3 Bousmanne Statement page 3
  • Well, you know who...... Well, you know who......
  • Belgian Press Article to Baker Crew Story , Remembrance weekend, Aug 2018 Belgian Press Article to Baker Crew Story , Remembrance weekend, Aug 2018
  • Safe House 'Pyama House' of Otten Family, Erp, NL Safe House 'Pyama House' of Otten Family, Erp, NL
  • Bousmanne Grave site Bousmanne Grave site
  • Safe House 'Pyama House' of Otten Family, Erp, NL Safe House 'Pyama House' of Otten Family, Erp, NL
  • 2012, France:  L:  Couple de Conche-Bousmanne 2012, France: L: Couple de Conche-Bousmanne
  • Pat Doherty, still impressed and emotional,  why? Pat Doherty, still impressed and emotional, why?
  • 2014: Pat (Doherty) & Tom Leary in the garden of Pollaert Jr. 2014: Pat (Doherty) & Tom Leary in the garden of Pollaert Jr.
  • US Army Awarding Document for Emile Joris, Belgian helper US Army Awarding Document for Emile Joris, Belgian helper
  • 2014>Pat & Tom> Meeting Gorris-and Pollaert fam.mbrs with Co & Louise de Swart 2014>Pat & Tom> Meeting Gorris-and Pollaert fam.mbrs with Co & Louise de Swart
  • Pooler, Ga. USA 8th USAF Memorial WWII Pooler, Ga. USA 8th USAF Memorial WWII
  • 2014> visiting a WWII Safe house of her father 2014> visiting a WWII Safe house of her father
  • 8thAF Annual 2013: Yvonne Brusselmans, frmr Pres. of AFEES 8thAF Annual 2013: Yvonne Brusselmans, frmr Pres. of AFEES
  • Roermond: Relaxing and 'good bay' in the Pollaert Garden after emotional vists Roermond: Relaxing and 'good bay' in the Pollaert Garden after emotional vists
  • Savannah/Pooler, Ga: Speeches and remembering the Baker Crew Savannah/Pooler, Ga: Speeches and remembering the Baker Crew
  • Tilburg NL: 2014. Pat Doherty/husband Tom Leary Tilburg NL: 2014. Pat Doherty/husband Tom Leary
  • Pooler Ga.:  John White Jr.  remembering the Fathers, crewmbrs of  b-17 42-30274 Pooler Ga.: John White Jr. remembering the Fathers, crewmbrs of b-17 42-30274
  • 187 Remembrance Stone for Aunt Coba 187 Remembrance Stone for Aunt Coba
  • Robbie Sarnow and husband preparing the wreath in 8thAF Museum Robbie Sarnow and husband preparing the wreath in 8thAF Museum
  • De Bilt, NL>May 4- 2014: Pat Doherty-Tom Leary attanding May 4 Remembrance De Bilt, NL>May 4- 2014: Pat Doherty-Tom Leary attanding May 4 Remembrance
  • Jane and 'Bill' Binnebose at the plaques in the Memorial Jane and 'Bill' Binnebose at the plaques in the Memorial
  • 2015, Bachy, Belgium. Special day for Cometline helper 2015, Bachy, Belgium. Special day for Cometline helper
  • John  &  Mireille White at the  plaque-wall Pooler Ga. John & Mireille White at the plaque-wall Pooler Ga.
  • Helper Comet Escapeline Henriette Hanotte, 1942-1944 Helper Comet Escapeline Henriette Hanotte, 1942-1944
  • Pooler, Ga :  Baker Crew kids together again Pooler, Ga : Baker Crew kids together again
  •  2013 >  8th AF Museum Pooler, Ga.    -2- 2013 > 8th AF Museum Pooler, Ga. -2-
  • 2015, Bachy, Belgium. Special day for Cometline helper 2015, Bachy, Belgium. Special day for Cometline helper
  • B17- and it's Baker Crew nicknamed 'OurBay-Bee' B17- and it's Baker Crew nicknamed 'OurBay-Bee'
  • 2015, Bachy, B :Honoring Ceremonies for Henriette Hanotte 2015, Bachy, B :Honoring Ceremonies for Henriette Hanotte
  • May 9-2015 Bachy, B.  helper WWII Cometline with Don Mills Jr. May 9-2015 Bachy, B. helper WWII Cometline with Don Mills Jr.
  • Grave site Crew mbr. Walter McDermott  Grave site Crew mbr. Walter McDermott
  • Moving Moments between Mills Jr. and Henriette Hanotte. Moving Moments between Mills Jr. and Henriette Hanotte.
  • Mol, Belgium 2017 >  Memorial at crashsite ready Mol, Belgium 2017 > Memorial at crashsite ready
  • B-17 Baker Crew Memorial B-17 Baker Crew Memorial
  • Margraten, Holland:  2015 >  Mills Jr. at the Gravesite of one of his Father's buddies KIA.ies Margraten, Holland: 2015 > Mills Jr. at the Gravesite of one of his Father's buddies KIA.ies
  • 196 DSCN1000 196 DSCN1000
  • Mo.Aug.20-2018: Belgian Paper on Our Baby Kids weekend Mo.Aug.20-2018: Belgian Paper on Our Baby Kids weekend
  • 2019 Don Mills Jr. and Co de Swart at the Memorial in De Bilt, NL 2019 Don Mills Jr. and Co de Swart at the Memorial in De Bilt, NL
  • Belgian Daily Aug. 20-2018 ,  > 2 Belgian Daily Aug. 20-2018 , > 2 <
  • Mol, Belgium Aug. 2018:  Wim Govers, Secr. Hist. Soc. Mol Mol, Belgium Aug. 2018: Wim Govers, Secr. Hist. Soc. Mol
  • ... Great Meeting Aug 18/2018 Crewkinship........ ... Great Meeting Aug 18/2018 Crewkinship........
  •  Thanks and note Thanks and note
  •  2018-09-29 Chute landing site of Bomb. Don Mills Sr 2018-09-29 Chute landing site of Bomb. Don Mills Sr
  • Louise and Co de Swart attending Louise and Co de Swart attending
  • John White Jr.  Boardmbr US Afees,  see below John White Jr. Boardmbr US Afees, see below
  • 2018, Eerde, Holland:   Two local wittnesses ( 93/97 !) of the Chuting down of Mills Sr. in 1943 2018, Eerde, Holland: Two local wittnesses ( 93/97 !) of the Chuting down of Mills Sr. in 1943
  • 2018:  Co de Swart/Cor Vervoort( Author of a book on thee war in he Eerde area) 2018: Co de Swart/Cor Vervoort( Author of a book on thee war in he Eerde area)
  •  Special visit of 'Don' Mills Jr. and his sister 'Muffet' Special visit of 'Don' Mills Jr. and his sister 'Muffet'
  • John White Jr. telling the AFEES' Story John White Jr. telling the AFEES' Story
  • Bomb .Mills' kinship visiting Memorial for Five of the Crew KIA De Bilt Bomb .Mills' kinship visiting Memorial for Five of the Crew KIA De Bilt
  • Rogier de Tavernier, see below Rogier de Tavernier, see below
  • Brigitte d'Oultremond, Pres. of Comet Escapeline Remembrance Ass. Brigitte d'Oultremond, Pres. of Comet Escapeline Remembrance Ass.
  • Eerde, Holland. Sep-2019 Bomb. Mills' kids/Emotional Moments Eerde, Holland. Sep-2019 Bomb. Mills' kids/Emotional Moments
  •  Albert Francois Sols, Belgian  Army/Resistance 1941-1944 Albert Francois Sols, Belgian Army/Resistance 1941-1944
  •  Very happy to meet: Very happy to meet:
  •  Albert F  Schols  Belgisch Verzet De Kempen WWII Albert F Schols Belgisch Verzet De Kempen WWII
  • Angelique Fruythof Angelique Fruythof
  • Very happy to meet at last..... Very happy to meet at last.....
  •  Photo s Resistance people Overpelt/ Eksel, Belgium Photo s Resistance people Overpelt/ Eksel, Belgium
  • Resistance Bert Spooren family  Belgium Resistance Bert Spooren family Belgium
  • On behalf of US 8thAF  Hist. Soc: Flowers at the memorial, On behalf of US 8thAF Hist. Soc: Flowers at the memorial,
  • Postwar shot of Charles Willekens, who lead Mills to Antwerp Postwar shot of Charles Willekens, who lead Mills to Antwerp
  • Liliane Sols Liliane Sols
  • German OKL Confirmation: Burkert credited for this 'kill' German OKL Confirmation: Burkert credited for this 'kill'
  • Mol,Belgium, August 18/19-2018  Mol,Belgium, August 18/19-2018
  • DUTCH RESEARCHER AIRWAR WWII INITIATES EXCEPTIONAL  MEETING-1- DUTCH RESEARCHER AIRWAR WWII INITIATES EXCEPTIONAL MEETING-1-
  • DUTCH RESEARCHER AIRWAR WWII INITIATES EXCEPTIONAL MEETING - 2- DUTCH RESEARCHER AIRWAR WWII INITIATES EXCEPTIONAL MEETING - 2-
  • Bomb. Don Mills  in civil, please enlarge for story Bomb. Don Mills in civil, please enlarge for story
  • Bomb. Sarnow in civil in Belgium evading,  fall 1943 Bomb. Sarnow in civil in Belgium evading, fall 1943
  • Co-pilot Minnich already in civil evading, fall 1943 Co-pilot Minnich already in civil evading, fall 1943
  • John White, escapee E & E 95 John White, escapee E & E 95
  • Info on Belgian traitor/doubleagent Rene van Muylem Info on Belgian traitor/doubleagent Rene van Muylem
  • Story 96th BG Losses Oct.20-1943 Story 96th BG Losses Oct.20-1943