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Lauren H. Quillen, Pilot
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LAUREN H. QUILLEN - 427th BS
(Assigned 427BS: 06 July 1943)

2Lt Lauren H. Quillen (P)(KIA), 2Lt John R. Homan (CP)(KIA),
2Lt Bevan W. Colby, Jr. (N)(KIA), 2Lt William N. Irish (B)(KIA)

T/Sgt Eldon F. Richter (E)(KIA), T/Sgt Salvador J. Di Cosmo (R)(KIA),
S/Sgt Elbert O. Price (BTG)(POW), S/Sgt Joseph H. Brown (LWG)(POW),
Sgt Paul W. Abernathy (RWG)(POW), S/Sgt Arthur K. Sauer (TG)(POW)

One and only combat mission of the Quillen crew:
Mission #61, 19 August 1943, mission to Gilze-Rijen, The Netherlands, in B-17F 42-5392 Stric Nine (427BS) GN-X. B-17 was hit by flak and caught fire. Some of the crew bailed out over the Dutch coast (presumed off Hiock van Holland). The B-17 then crashed into the North Sea. The bodies of Lt's Lauren H. Quillen (P), Bevan W. Colby, Jr. (N), William N. Irish (B) and T/Sgt Elden F. Richter (B) washed ashore and were buried in a local Dutch cemetery. Their bodies were later reinterred. 2Lt Bevin W. Colby, Jr. is buried at the Netherlands American Cemetery at Martgraten, Netherlands.


S/Sgt Arthur K. Sauer

[Photo courtesy of Shannon Neaves, granddaughter of Sgt Sauer - Researched by Historian Harry D. Gobrecht]