My name is René Bosma en I live in the little Dutch town of Oosterwolde.
Since 4 years I have been investigating the Air war over the Northern part of the
Netherlands. It is my main objective to gather as much information as possible
about the aircraft and the airmen which came down over the province of
Friesland during the Second World War. We consider it very important to keep
the memory of the Air war alive, especially the many flyers paid with their lives for our Freedom.
One of the American aircraft I researching is the B-24 41-23776 “Spirit of ‘76” of 44th bomb group. It make a crash near into the Harbour of the Dutch island of Terschelling. It was on the 27th of January 1943. It came back from a bombing mission on De Lemmer. This is a little harbour village in the north of The Netherlands. Lemmer was the Target of Opportunity for this mission.
Now I was searching on the internet to find some information about the crew of this B-24. En specific for 2nd Lt. Duane E. Nelson. Raymond was the 2nd pilot on this B-24 bomber. Duane was born on the 25 April 1923 at Juneau County, Wisconsin, USA. His parents were Tilman “Tim” Nelson (1891-1963) en Mabel E. Kuhn Nelson (1898-1993). He has two brothers Merlyn G. Nelson (1923-1980) en Gordon L. Nelson (1926-2003) In 1930 en 1940 they lived at Waupun, Dodge County, Wisconsin.
I hope to find some relatives of of Duane or someone who could help me with some more information about Duane.
René Bosma, Oosterwolde, The Netherlands
my email: firstname.lastname@example.org