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43-37840

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 27/5/44; Kearney 6/6/44; Grenier 26/6/44.
Assigned 836BS/487BG [2G- ] Lavenham 30/6/44.

On 20 July1944 was involved in a mid-air collision with B-24H 42-52588 'Annie' piloted by David Ozbolton whilst on a bombing practice mission with Capt Paul Stults, Co-pilot: Eldridge Thomas, Navigator: Chas Heil, Bombardier: Lester Walters, pass-T/Sgt Pete CastilloRIP of Injuries 12 Aug, (5 Killed in Service).
Howard Parris, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Melvin Brown, Radio Operator: Chas Shaffer, Waist gunner: Julius Brown, passenger -Lt Russ Grantham (6 Returned to Duty).
Crashed between Clapstile Far, and Officers Club on base.
Salvaged 21/7/44.

Service

Units

  • 487th Bomb Group

    487th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 487th Bomb Group began operations as preparations for D-Day were reaching their crescendo and played their part by bombing airfields in northern France. Like the 486th Bomb Group, the 487th switched to B-17 Flying Fortress for missions from 1...

  • 836th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Pete Castillo

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Bombsight technician | 487th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) died 12 August 1944 from injuries sustained July 20, 1944 as passenger during training transitioning to B-17s fromB-24s. Collided in practice bomb run in B-17G 43-3784 piloted by Paul Stults with B-24H 42-52588 'Annie' piloted by...

  • Charles Heil

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 487th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 20 Jul 1944 4 during training transitioning to B-17s fromB-24s. Collided in practice bomb run in B-17G 43-3784 piloted by Paul Stults with B-24H 42-52588 'Annie' piloted by David Ozbolt at the Ducks Hall bombing range north of...

  • Paul Stults

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 487th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) during training transitioning to B-17s fromB-24s. Collided in practice bomb run in B-17G 43-37840 with B-24H 42-52588 'Annie' piloted by David Ozbolt at the Ducks Hall bombing range north of Cavendish.

  • Eldridge Thomas

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 487th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 20 July 1944 during training transitioning to B-17s fromB-24s. Collided in practice bomb run in B-17G 43-3784 piloted by Paul Stults with B-24H 42-52588 'Annie' piloted by David Ozbolt at the Ducks Hall bombing range north of...

  • Lester Walters

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 487th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) during training transitioning to B-17s fromB-24s. Collided in practice bomb run in B-17G 43-3784 piloted by Paul Stults with B-24H 42-52588 'Annie' piloted by David Ozbolt at the Ducks Hall bombing range north of Cavendish.

Places

  • Lavenham

    Military site : airfield
    Lavenham was built as a standard USAAF bomber airfield, with fifty hardstandings, T2 hangars and 2,000 and 1,400 feet runways. John Laing and Son Ltd. carried out the work in 1943, and the airfield opened in April 1944. The 487th Bomb Group occupied...

Events

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Revisions

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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