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David Funk says...My Uncle, Lt Col. Roy M. Sheely (Ret) (Deceased), was stationed at Nuthampstead as a 1st Lt., Aircraft Commander, and piloted aircraft tail number N7-R 48199 on October 28 th 1944 on a bombing mission to Munster. On the way back after dropping all the ordanance, they were struck by flak and lost three engines with the fourth on fire. Lt. Sheely brought the aircraft down to 5000 ft and the entire crew bailed out . He then put the aircraft on autopilot and bailed out himself over Sevenaar, Holland. Lt. SHeely was immediately taken prisoner by a Panzer SS division Major. After 18 days in solitary confinement he was dumped into Stalag Luft III and spent the rest of the war there, eventually being freed by General Patton's tank corps. All 10 crew members survived the day of the bail out but two were killed on subsequent missions. I am happy your museum is coming to reality and someday wish to visit the place my Uncle and his squadron so vallantly fought from. Best of luck!
Alexa Chipman says...I am excited that this project will finally come into being?I came by a few years ago to deliver photos from Chet Patterson's estate and got to see the landmark. It will be wonderful to finally have a dedicated museum for Nuthampstead Airfield. Best of luck!
Dave Broughall says...I flew into Nuthampstead yesterday,08 06 13,I didnt know there was a museum,nor did I see one,is it located in the hanger ? I did,however wander down the old runway to the Woodman,had a very nice lunch of crayfish salad and a long look at the pictures therein of the squadron and the planes which are numerouse There are also two memorials just outside the pub.There were also some very pleasant model flyers mid runway by the concrete patch and we stopped and had a chat with them, All in all a very pleasant day.
Maarten Polman says...@ David Funk
My name is Maarten Polman, living in Zevenaar Holland. Just near the crash site of the B-17 of Sheely Crew. My dad has done research on it in the 80's. Unfortunately now for him impossible due to a stroke.
If you (or the museum) would like any info about their crash and where the were held prisoner in Zevenaar, I 'd be happy to help you.
Just sent me an email for contact: maarten. [email protected]
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