In early 2000s Aldoph Brocato, Asa's co-pilot, told Asa's brother Ken about the crash. Asa usually flew the "Gene Ellen," named for his wife, but his commanding officer asked him to fly the "Raging Red" a B17 that went 350 mph. They took off a crew member to fill another crew, and that's the side of the plane they were hit on. They made their bombing run over Germany--train tracks at Ehrang. As they headed back they were going thru a thunderstorm and were hit on the side where the guy was pulled off to fill the other crew. Adolph and another crew member ejected, parachuted down, were picked up by German troops and spent the rest of the war as POW. When they found Adolph they asked him his name and, of course, he told them. They thought he was making fun of Adolph Hitler and beat him up pretty bad.