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43-37776

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 20/5/44; Kearney 31/5/44; Grenier 7/6/44; Assigned 849BS/490BG Eye [W8- ] 11/6/44; on routine navigation night flight 27/9/44 with Mike Primus, Co-pilot: Louis Deputy, Navigator: Rich Herman, Bombardier: Bob Simmons, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Roy Griswould, Radio Operator: Claude Keele, Ball turret gunner: Harry Stoever, Waist gunner: Larry Richter,Tail gunner: Americo Virgili, 3 pass of No. 1 Mobile Traing Unit; S/Sgts John Barry, Ralph Franke, Ed Shively (12 Killed in Service); crashed Elmside Farm, Nailstone, Leicesterhire. Salvaged 3/10/44.

Service

Units

  • 490th Bomb Group

    490th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 490th Bomb Group, like the 486th and 487th Bomb Groups transitioned from flying B-24 Liberators to B-17 Flying Fortresses, which were used in combat missions from late August 1944. Based at Eye, Suffolk, the Group were focused in the early months...

  • 849th Bomb Squadron

People

  • John Barry

    Military | Airplane Instrument Mechanic | 490th Bomb Group

  • Louis Deputy

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 490th Bomb Group
    Member of Bullard Crew Member of Primus Crew

  • Ralph Franke

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Power Turret and Gunsight Mechanic | 490th Bomb Group
    Ralph Franke was a passenger on the last flight of the 43-37776. He was killed when it crashed on the 27th of September 1944.

  • Roy Griswould

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Airplane Mechanic-Gunner, Automatic Rifleman | 490th Bomb Group
    Member of Primus crew

  • Richard Hermann

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 490th Bomb Group
    Member of Primus crew

  • Claude Keele

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator - Mechanic Gunner, AAF | 490th Bomb Group
    Member of Primus crew

  • Michael Primus

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 490th Bomb Group
    Member of Primus crew

  • Lawrence Richter

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Aerial Gunner | 490th Bomb Group
    Member of Primus crew, Air Gunner

  • Edward Shively

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Airplane Electrical Mechanic | 490th Bomb Group
    Edward Shively was a passenger on the last flight of the 43-37776 when it crashed on 27 September 1944.

  • Robert Simmons

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 490th Bomb Group
    Member of McMullen crew Member of the Primus Crew

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Places

  • Eye

    Military site : airfield
    Eye air base was not a Class A base but was constructed to a less demanding standard by the 827th and 859th Battalions of U.S. Army Engineers in 1943 and was finished in early 1944. Unusually, a group of its hardstandings were on the other side of the...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) England 27 September 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
16 March 2015 13:31:51 usxpat Changes to nicknames, unit associations, person associations, place associations and media associations
Sources

http://www.peakdistrictaircrashes.co.uk/pages/midlands/midlands43-37776.htm

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:24 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 15341 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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