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44-8687

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Lincoln 23/11/44; Grenier 18/12/44. Assigned 834BS/486BG [2S-L] Sudbury 20/12/44.

Destroyed in mid-air collision with 44-38859, on a practice mission 26/4/45.
Salvaged n/battle damaged 27/4/45.

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Aircraft

  • 44-38859

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Involved in a mid air collision with B-17, 44-8687, on 26 April 1945.

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Units

  • 486th Bomb Group

    486th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 486th Bomb Group flew both B-24s and B-17s, swapping from the former aircraft to the latter in late July 1944 after 49 missions. In total the Group flew 292 missions during the war and remarkably the 834th Bomb Squadron lost no aircraft or...

  • 834th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Edward Geron

    Military | Sergeant | Gunner | 486th Bomb Group
    Killed in Mid Air Collision while on traing flight with a crew other than his own. He volunteered to fill a vacant position. Air Medal w/3Oak Leaf Cluster

  • John Hill

    Military | Sergeant | Flight Engineer / Top Turret Gunner | 486th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA). His aircraft collided with 44-38859, and he bailed out too low, with insufficient time for his parachute to open fully.

  • James Olson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Observer | 486th Bomb Group
    Killed when his aircraft was in a mid air collision with B17, 44-38859, on 26 April 1945. See full story at http://www.bcar.org.uk/1945-incident-logs.

  • Clyde Simmons

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 486th Bomb Group
    Killed when his aircraft was in a mid air collision with B17, 44-38859, on 26 April 1945. See full story at http://www.bcar.org.uk/1945-incident-logs.

  • Robert West

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator / Gunner | 486th Bomb Group
    Killed when his aircraft was in a mid air collision with B17, 44-38859, on 26 April 1945. See full story at http://www.bcar.org.uk/1945-incident-logs.

  • Donald Williamson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 486th Bomb Group
    Member of Simmons crew. Killed when his aircraft was in a mid air collision with B17, 44-38859, on 26 April 1945. See full story at http://www.bcar.org.uk/1945-incident-logs.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
09 December 2015 14:56:48 general ira snapsorter Changes to description and unit associations
Sources

Additional detail from:
http://www.bcar.org.uk/1945-incident-logs

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:42:05 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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