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41-9051

B-17 Flying Fortress

Assigned 342BS/97BG Polebrook 3/42; 327BS/92BG Bovingdon, then 326BS [UX-O] (?407)] /9/42; col with 41-9021 in taxi accident with Roland Sargeant 25/6/43; repaired and transferred 813BS/482BG Alconbury 1/9/43; detailed UK navigation operation 14/9/43, with Capt William C. Anderson 813th BS CO), Co-pilot: 1st Lt Robert J. Sudbury, Navigator: Capt Raymond R. Oeftiger, Bombardier: 2nd Lt Raymond E. Diltz, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: S/Sgt Bryson R. Hills, Radio Operator: S/Sgt Robert L. Jacobsen. Passengers: Lts Theodore R. Doe and Clarrence H. Ballagh; Majors Tom C. Henderson 482BG, Henry B. Williams 1BW (10 Killed in Service); crashed Skiddaw Mountain, 20 SSW Carlisle at Keswick, Cumberland, United Kingdom. Written off 21/1/44. FLAMING MAYME.

Service

Aircraft

  • 41-9020 Phyllis, Tugboat Annie

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned to 340BS/97BG at Polebrook on 3/42 as PHYLLIS. Collided with 41-9051 and repaired; 92BG Bovingdon 8/42; 303BG Molesworth 1/5/43 and was painted in bright colours as a formation ship; 2SAD Lt Staughton 19/7/44; on cross country trip from...

Units

  • 482nd Bomb Group

    482nd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 482nd Bomb Group was a Pathfinder Group, which using radar-equipped aircraft to support bombing missions until March 1944. Aircraft from this Group went ahead of other Bombers and sent information back about the best routes to take and the extent...

  • 813th Bomb Squadron

People

  • William Anderson

    Military | Major | Pilot | 482nd Bomb Group
    Major William Anderson was Commanding Officer of the 813th Bomb Squadron. He was pilot of B-17E Serial 41-9051 on a navigational training exercise to Turnhouse, Edinburgh, Scotland as final destination on 14 Sept 43. The B-17 somehow flew off course by...

  • Clarence Ballagh

    Military | First Lieutenant | passenger | 482nd Bomb Group
    Clarence Ballagh was on board of B-17E Serial 41-9051 on a navigational training exercise to Turnhouse, Edinburgh, Scotland as final destination on 14 Sept 43. Piloted by Captain William C. Anderson, CO of 813th BS, the B-17 somehow flew off course by...

  • Raymond Diltz

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 482nd Bomb Group
    2nd Lt Raymond Diltz was on board of B-17E Serial 41-9051 on a navigational training exercise to Turnhouse, Edinburgh, Scotland as final destination on 14 Sept 43. Piloted by Captain William C. Anderson, CO of 813th BS, the B-17 somehow flew off course...

  • Theodore Doe

    Military | First Lieutenant | 482nd Bomb Group
    Theodore Doe was on board of B-17E Serial 41-9051 on a navigational training exercise to Turnhouse, Edinburgh, Scotland as final destination on 14 Sept 43. Piloted by Captain William C. Anderson, CO of 813th BS, the B-17 somehow flew off course by some...

  • Thomas Henderson

    Military | Major | passenger | 482nd Bomb Group
    Major Thomas C. Henderson (also known as Tom C. Henderson) was on board of B-17E Serial 41-9051 on a navigational training exercise to Turnhouse, Edinburgh, Scotland as final destination on 14 Sept 43. Piloted by Captain William C. Anderson, CO of...

  • Bryson Hills

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Engineer | 482nd Bomb Group
    Bryson Hills was on board of B-17E Serial 41-9051 on a navigational training exercise to Turnhouse, Edinburgh, Scotland as final destination on 14 Sept 43. Piloted by Captain William C. Anderson, CO of 813th BS, the B-17 somehow flew off course by some...

  • Robert Jacobsen

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 482nd Bomb Group
    Robert Jacobsen was on board of B-17E Serial 41-9051 on a navigational training exercise to Turnhouse, Edinburgh, Scotland as final destination on 14 Sept 43. Piloted by Captain William C. Anderson, CO of 813th BS, the B-17 somehow flew off course by...

  • Raymond Oeftiger

    Military | Captain | Bombardier | 482nd Bomb Group
    Captain Raymond Oeftiger was on board B-17E Serial 41-9051 on a navigational training exercise to Turnhouse, Edinburgh, Scotland as final destination on 14 Sept 43. The B-17 somehow flew off course by some 50 miles and crashed into Skiddaw Mountain,...

  • Robert Sudbury

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 482nd Bomb Group
    1st Lt Robert Sudbury was on board B-17E Serial 41-9051 on a navigational training exercise to Turnhouse, Edinburgh, Scotland as final destination on 14 Sept 43. The B-17 somehow flew off course by some 50 miles and crashed into Skiddaw Mountain, near...

  • Henry Williams

    Military | Major | passenger
    Major Henry B. Williams was on board of B-17E Serial 41-9051 on a navigational training exercise to Turnhouse, Edinburgh, Scotland as final destination on 14 Sept 43. Piloted by Captain William C. Anderson, CO of 813th BS, the B-17 somehow flew off...

Places

  • Alconbury

    Military site : airfield
    Alconbury had been constructed as a satellite airfield for RAF Upwood and Wyton and was used by RAF Squadrons: Nos. 15, 40 and 156. In preparation for the arrival of American heavy bombers, the base was developed in 1942 with the runways extended. When...

  • Polebrook

    Military site : airfield
    Polebrook was laid down for RAF Bomber Command use in 1940-1941. Built by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd, it had short runways which were lengthened for USAAF heavy bomber use. The RAF used the base for operational trials - including of B-17 Flying...

Events

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
04 November 2017 16:00:16 ED-BB Changes to manufacturer, nicknames, description and person associations
Sources

Corrected nickname (from "Hell on High Ground: World War II Air Crash Sites" by David W. Earl.
Completed names of men on board in the BIO

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:07 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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