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42-30280

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Boeing (by land) 17/6/43 (H2X); Wright Fd 5/7/43; Rome 21/7/43; Patterson 3/8/43; Kansas City 8/8/43; Gd Island 22/9/43; Assigned 812BS/482BG [MI-L] Alconbury 30/9/43; Missing in Action Brunswick 21/2/44 with Capt Gerald Binks (Com P, evd. then arrested Liege 27/5/44), Co-pilot: John Baber, Navigator: Ed Horner, Bombardier: Bill Barrett, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Tom Kennedy, Radio Operator: Steve Martin, Ball turret gunner: Henry Raemer, Waist gunner: Bruce Long,Tail gunner: Bill Blake (9 Prisoner of War); Ex nav-Charles Haupt, Ex nav-Joe Punches(ret UK 15/9/44), Waist gunner: Harry Booth (3 evaded capture); p-Ralph Holcombe (KIA-body washed up 04/05/44); mech problem, two engines out, on return attacked by Fw 190 over Zwolle ditched in lake IJsselmeer, nine kilometers SW of Harderwijk, Netherlands; Missing Air Crew Report 2470. CRAZY HORSE. (Remains recovered August 1970.)

Service

Units

  • 482nd Bomb Group

    482nd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 482nd Bomb Group was a Pathfinder Group, which using radar-equipped aircraft to support bombing missions until March 1944. Aircraft from this Group went ahead of other Bombers and sent information back about the best routes to take and the extent...

  • 812th Bomb Squadron

People

  • John Baber

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 482nd Bomb Group
    Fell out of formation after bombing target at Diepholz, GR on 21 Feb 1944 with trouble in two engines and unable to feather the props in B-17F #42-30280 'Crazy Horse'. Later attacked by FW190 and crashed near Bunschoten, Holland. Prisoner of War (POW)....

  • William Barrett

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier, Observer | 482nd Bomb Group
    Fell out of formation after bombing target at Diepholz, GR on 21 Feb 1944 with trouble in two engines and unable to feather the props in B-17F #42-30280 'Crazy Horse'. Later attacked by FW190 and crashed near Bunschoten, Holland. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Gerald Binks

    Military | Captain | Command Pilot, Pilot, Mission | 482nd Bomb Group
    Fell out of formation after bombing target at Diepholz, GR on 21 Feb 1944 with trouble in two engines and unable to feather the props in B-17F #42-30280 'Crazy Horse'. Later attacked by FW190 and crashed near Bunschoten, Holland. Prisoner of War (POW)....

  • William Blake

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 482nd Bomb Group
    Fell out of formation after bombing target at Diepholz, GR on 21 Feb 1944 with trouble in two engines and unable to feather the props in B-17F #42-30280 'Crazy Horse'. Later attacked by FW190 and crashed near Bunschoten, Holland. Prisoner of War (POW)....

  • Harold Booth

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 482nd Bomb Group
    Fell out of formation after bombing target at Diepholz, GR on 21 Feb 1944 with trouble in two engines and unable to feather the props in B-17F #42-30280 'Crazy Horse'. Later attacked by FW190 and crashed near Bunschoten, Holland. Evaded. with the help...

  • Charles Haupt

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 482nd Bomb Group
    Fell out of formation after bombing target at Diepholz, GR on 21 Feb 1944 with trouble in two engines and unable to feather the props in B-17F #42-30280 'Crazy Horse'. Later attacked by FW190's and crashed near Ermelo in lake IJsselmeer, Holland....

  • Ralph Holcombe

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 482nd Bomb Group
    Fell out of formation after bombing target at Diepholz, GR on 21 Feb 1944 with trouble in two engines and unable to feather the props in B-17GSH #42-30280 'Crazy Horse' of 482BG/812BS. Later attacked by FW190 and crashed in lake IJsselmeer near Ermelo...

  • Edward Horner

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 482nd Bomb Group
    Fell out of formation after bombing target at Diepholz, GR on 21 Feb 1944 with trouble in two engines and unable to feather the props in B-17F #42-30280 'Crazy Horse'. Later attacked by FW190 and crashed near Bunschoten, Holland. Prisoner of War (POW)....

  • Thomas Kennedy

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 482nd Bomb Group
    Fell out of formation after bombing target at Diepholz, GR on 21 Feb 1944 with trouble in two engines and unable to feather the props in B-17F #42-30280 'Crazy Horse'. Later attacked by FW190 and crashed near Bunschoten, Holland. Prisoner of War (POW)....

  • Bryce Long

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 482nd Bomb Group
    Fell out of formation after bombing target at Diepholz, GR on 21 Feb 1944 with trouble in two engines and unable to feather the props in B-17F #42-30280 'Crazy Horse'. Later attacked by FW190 and crashed near Bunschoten, Holland. Prisoner of War (POW)....

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Places

  • Alconbury

    Military site : airfield
    Alconbury had been constructed as a satellite airfield for RAF Upwood and Wyton and was used by RAF Squadrons: Nos. 15, 40 and 156. In preparation for the arrival of American heavy bombers, the base was developed in 1942 with the runways extended. When...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Former Lake IJsselmeer, now town Zeewolde 21 February 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
26 September 2016 11:25:34 CeesSteijger Changes to nicknames and markings
Sources

Cees Steijger

Date Contributor Update
26 September 2016 11:17:14 CeesSteijger Changes to description
Sources

'Crazy Horse' - It's a good day to fight, it's a good day to die. Published Spring 2017. Author Cees Steijger.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:28 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 2470 / MACR 2471 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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