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Sam_the_greek
05-27-2004, 10:59 AM
Today a B-17 veteran was a guest in my country: Belgium. He was here to reveal a memorialplate for his bomber and fellow crewmembers. I think he was a gunner and his first name was Toney. He was on the return journey after bombing a german target(succesfully) when his plane was jumped by ME-109's. Due to this attack 2 of 4 engines where out of commision. Later the flying fortress was pounded by heavy flak and damaged to severly to continue the flight. All 10 bailed airmen bailed out over Moerbeke( a village in Belgium) an survived. Toney busted his 2 anckles as did the pilot. He was then taken in by a Belgian family that hid him from the Jerry's. There he stayed until he heard of Operation Overlord, then he travelled to southern Belgium and tried to make contact with the allies. He passed German roadblocks and identitychecks all the way and made it home alive. Don't know if he flew again, I suspect he did, maybe even with his old crew(if they all made it?).
I just want to say that I have the deepest respect for that man since he is partially responsible for the defeat of the Nazi's. I salute you! http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

I love Saartje(if anyone cares!!) http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Sam_the_greek
05-27-2004, 10:59 AM
Today a B-17 veteran was a guest in my country: Belgium. He was here to reveal a memorialplate for his bomber and fellow crewmembers. I think he was a gunner and his first name was Toney. He was on the return journey after bombing a german target(succesfully) when his plane was jumped by ME-109's. Due to this attack 2 of 4 engines where out of commision. Later the flying fortress was pounded by heavy flak and damaged to severly to continue the flight. All 10 bailed airmen bailed out over Moerbeke( a village in Belgium) an survived. Toney busted his 2 anckles as did the pilot. He was then taken in by a Belgian family that hid him from the Jerry's. There he stayed until he heard of Operation Overlord, then he travelled to southern Belgium and tried to make contact with the allies. He passed German roadblocks and identitychecks all the way and made it home alive. Don't know if he flew again, I suspect he did, maybe even with his old crew(if they all made it?).
I just want to say that I have the deepest respect for that man since he is partially responsible for the defeat of the Nazi's. I salute you! http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

I love Saartje(if anyone cares!!) http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

T_O_A_D
05-27-2004, 02:34 PM
Is that all you can dig up on the event? Any newspaper articles you can scan? Other than that sounds like an interesting story.

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Sam_the_greek
05-28-2004, 09:04 AM
nope sorry, it was only on regional television. I guess those dummass reporters in my country don't find it important enough. Sorry