Delivered Tulsa 11/2/44; Kearney 25/2/44; with Vernon Hannaford force landed base 6/3/44; Grenier 3/4/44; Assigned 325BS/92BG [NV-P] Podington 23/4/44; battle damaged Dresden 14/2/45 with Tom Havard, Co-pilot: Hugh waterman, Navigator: Harry Shaw, Bombardier: Leon Linden, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Gil Schnaufer, Radio Operator: Harry Brouette, Ball turret gunner: Jesus Ortiz, Waist gunner: Bill Mooney,Tail gunner: Tom Hughes (9 Returned to Duty); #2 caught fire, crew ordered to bail out; pilots took ship on to land at French fighter base; Salvaged. Missing Air Crew Report 8596.
Pilot Thomas Havard ordered the crew to bail after the #2 engine caught fire. When all crew had bailed and only T Havard and his co-pilot remained, it was discovered that only one parachute remained. Neither T Havard or H Waterman would use it because it meant the other would most likely perish. T Havard and H Waterman continued flight. To their astonishment they were able to land their plane at the nearest airfield. At the time of the landing, T Havard and H Waterman were under the belief that the airfield was occupied by enemy forces. Again, they were both amazed to find that the airfield no longer belonged to enemy forces. Up until his death, T Havards order for his crew to bail has haunted him.
The 92nd Group sometime after arrivial in the UK converted to the role of in-theater combat crew indocrination and training. For this role, the Group traded its B-17F complement and obtained the B-17E, mostly from the 97th BG which was departing for...
Military site : airfield
Built originally to accommodate two RAF bomber squadrons, the first USAAF unit to occupy the base was the 15th Bomb Squadron in September 1942. Podington was then used as a satellite for nearby Chelveston. Work to lengthen the runways, although this...
|Failed to Return (FTR)
||8 September 1944