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Harry Gaylon Stube, the son of Henry and Hannah L. Stube, was born in 1909 in Slayton, Minnesota, according to census sources. The US Census 1910 and 1920 show the family in Slayton, Minnesota, but a 1935 Directory shows them in Pasadena, California. Church records show the confirmation of Harry G. Stube in the Lutheran Church on July 15, 1923.
Stube enlisted at Fort Rosecrans, California on April 3, 1942, according to NARA enlistment records. He had completed 2 years of high school, and was employed in semi-skilled occupations dealing with building aircraft.
He evidently was trained as a flight engineer and an aerial gunner because this was the capacity in which he was assigned to the B-17 combat crew of Lt Fredrickson in England in January, 1945.
Stube flew a reported 4 missions, starting on March 11, 1945, with the Fredrickson crew. On March 28, 1945, the target was in Berlin/Spandau and was the Brandon-Burgische Motorerwerke. Over the target, no enemy aircraft were observed, and flak was moderate but accurate.
The aircraft could not find the assembly point, and bombed with the 3rd Air Division instead of the 427th Bomb Squadron. Just after "bombs away," a flak burst hit the aircraft, cutting control cables. Another burst knocked out the port engines, blew out an oxygen system, and partially disabled the intercomm system. The pilot managed to keep control, but the aircraft dropped from formation, never to be seen again. Various reports state the pilot, navigator, and engineer were wounded by flak splinters.
As the aircraft dropped even further, the pilot called "bail out," but the crew refused, stating an intention to live through a crash landing. In the vicinity of Chojnice, Poland, the pilot saw a small clearing and crash-landed. The wings sheared off but the fuselage remained intact. Several crew members were wounded in the landing.
Sgt Stube died from his wounds the next day. The Russian troops found the crew, and doctors provided primitive care. The Russian doctor stated Sgt Stube died from broken ribs which pierced the liver. The surviving crew members remained with the Russians until June 1, 1945, when they were handed over to Allied control.
Sgt Stube was buried with full honors by a Russian squad in the town of Konitz. This funeral took place on April 1, 1945.
There is no record of a retrieval of the body, or burial any place except there.
US Census 1910
US Census 1930
California Directory, 1882-1940
US, Evangical Lutheran Church of America Records, 1875-1940
Sgt Harry G. Stube was the assigned engineer and top turret gunner on B-17G # 43-38248, named "Jigger Roche II." assigned to the 427th Bomb Squadron. (The MACR lists the aircraft as "Jiggerooche II.)
Missing Air Crew Report 13541 was issued. Mission loading lists confirm the crew was composed of:
2 Lt Carl A. Fredrickson p
F/O Harold W. Goetz c-p
F/O Arthur L. Herman nav
Sgt Charles M. Farrell tog
Sgt Harry G. Stube eng/tt gun
Sgt John R. Stewart r/o
Sgt George E. Bailey btg
Sgt Harold R. Millimam tail gun
NOTE: No waist gunner was assigned.
Ranks and grades as of mission date.