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44-8198

B-17 Flying Fortress

44-8198 was on a sightseeing trip to Germany two days after VE Day when it collided with 44-8813 over Braintree, Essex on 10 May 1945.

Delivered Dallas 7/7/44; Langley 5/8/44; Hunter 2/9/44.

Assigned to the 526th Bomb Squadron of the 379th Bomb Group at Kimbolton 5 October 1944.

Salvaged n/battle damaged 11/5/45.

A memorial to the 11 men who died in the crash was unveiled at Rivermead, Bocking, Braintree on 10 May 2015. Some of the wreckage from the crash is now owned by the museum at Ridgewell.

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Aircraft

  • 44-8813

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 5/1/45; Hunter 12/1/45; Grenier 7/2/45; Assigned 526BS/379BG H2X Kimbolton 21/2/45; mid air coll with 44-8198 over Braintree, Ex, UK 10/5/45 with Elliott Porter; Salvaged 11/5/45.

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Units

  • 379th Bomb Group

    379th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 379th Bomb Group (H) (heavy), based at Kimbolton, flew more sorties than any other Bomb Group in the Eighth Air Force and dropped a greater bomb tonnage than any other Group. The B-17 Flying Fortress Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit...

  • 526th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Merrill Blanck

    Military | Staff Sergeant | 379th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA)

  • Robert Brockman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Crew Chief | 379th Bomb Group
    Staff Sergeant Robert J Brockman was a Ground Crew Chief for the 526th Bomb Squadron of the 379th Bomb Group. ...

  • Wagner Crane

    Military | Master Sergeant | 379th Bomb Group
    KIS

  • Jerome Geers

    Military | Technical Sergeant | 379th Bomb Group
    Killed in a mid-air collision while on a sightseeing tour of damaged Europe. 44-8198 was on a sightseeing trip to Germany two days after VE Day when it collided with 44-8813 over Braintree, Essex on 10 May 1945.

  • Leslie Lusk

    Military | Sergeant | 379th Bomb Group
    Killed in a mid-air collision while on sightseeing tour of damaged Europe. He is memorialised at the site of the crash in Bocking, Essex.

  • William Manning

    Military | Flight Officer | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 526BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 12 x combat missions. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Paul Messina

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    Flew on last 379th flight on 25 April 1945 to Pilsen. Killed in mid-air collision while on a sightseeing tour of damaged Europe.

  • George Miller

    Military | Corporal | Ground Crew | 379th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA). Passenger on B-17G #44-8198 which collided with a second B-17 over Braintree, Essex England. All 11 men on board died.

  • Irving Nussbaum

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) in a mid-air collision while on a sightseeing tour of damaged Europe at Braintree England

  • Thomas Piers

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    KIS killed in a mid-air collision while on a sightseeing tour of damaged Europe at Braintree England.

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Places

  • Kimbolton

    Military site : airfield
    Planned for RAF use, Kimbolton airfield was built by W and C French Ltd. in 1941. The airfield was increased in size to accommodate a full US heavy Bomb Group, and the first such unit to us it was the 91st Bomb Group, who arrived in September 1942....

  • Ridgewell

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1941-42 as an RAF bomber station, Ridgewell operated as a satellite to RAF Stradishall until May 1943. It had three concrete runways, initially 36 pan hardstandings, and two dispersed T2 hangars. Taken over by the Eighth Air Force in June...

Events

Event Location Date
Assigned Kimbolton, Cambridgeshire, UK 5 October 1944

Assigned to the 526th Bomb Squadron of the 379th Bomb Group

Crashed River Mead, Braintree, Essex CM7 9AX, UK 10 May 1945

44-8198 was on a sightseeing tour of Germany, just two days after VE Day, when it was hit by 44-8813, severing its tail. All 11 men on board died.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
10 May 2015 16:35:25 Jenny Changes to description, events, aircraft associations, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

Information from the memorial panel at Bocking and the memorial service.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:56 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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