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42-30408

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 28/5/43; Gore 9/6/43; Dalhart 27/6/43; Tinker 7/7/43; Gr Isle 28/7/43; Presque Is 4/8/43; Assigned 327BS/92BG [UX-Q] Alconbury 14/8/43; detailed Solingen but blew up near RAF Silverstone, crashed Astwell Castle, Helmdon, Northamptonshire after recall 30/11/43 with Bill Holland, Co-pilot: Capt Dick Pugh327BS CO, Navigator: Leighton Patterson, Bombardier: Bill Munro, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Tom Glaspell, Radio Operator: Bill Freeman, Ball turret gunner: Harry Scott, Waist gunner: Dean Landfear, Waist gunner: Chas Slayton,Tail gunner: Henry Brannan (10 Killed in Service). Missing Air Crew Report 688; Salvaged 13/12/43. SHARON BELLE.

Crew Members:
Lt Wm Murray Holland (TX) Pilot
Capt Richard W Pugh (6140 Robison Road, Cincinnati OH) co pilot, CO, 327th Sq
F/O Leighton D Patterson (OR? CA?) Navigator
2nd Lt William S Munro (NY?) Bombadier
T/Sgt Thomas D Glaspell (WA) Top Turret Gunner
T/Sgt Billy Freeman (KY, Cincinnati OH) Radio Operator
S/Sgt Dean Landfear (resided OH) Waist Gunner
S/Sgt Charles E Slayton (GA, Chattanooga TN) Waist Gunner 24 missions completed
S/Sgt Harry A Scott (unknown) Ball Turret Gunner
S/Sgt Henry P Brannan (AR to CA, resided CA) Tail Gunner

Service

Units

  • 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    Group
    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...

  • 327th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Henry Brannan

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Operational mission to Solingen in B-17F 42-30408 'Sharon Belle', mission was scrubbed due to weather, A/C was seen to explode at the nose, crashed near Astwell Castle with all crew lost, including Henry, 30-Nov-43. Killed in Action (KIA). ...

  • Billy Freeman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner; Radio Operator | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Operational mission to Solingen in B-17F 42-30408 'Sharon Belle', mission was scrubbed due to weather, A/C was seen to explode at the nose, crashed near Astwell Castle with all crew lost, including Billy, 30-Nov-43. Killed in Action (KIA). ...

  • Thomas Glaspell

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Operational mission to Solingen in B-17F 42-30408 'Sharon Belle', mission was scrubbed due to weather, A/C was seen to explode at the nose, crashed near Astwell Castle with all crew lost, including Henry, 30-Nov-43. Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: PH.

  • William Holland

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Killed on 24th or 25th mission. Operational mission to Solingen in B-17F 42-30408 'Sharon Belle', mission was scrubbed due to weather, A/C was seen to explode at the nose, crashed near Astwell Castle with all crew lost, including William, 30-Nov-43....

  • Charles Kelly

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    He flew with the 92nd until April 1944 when he completed his tour. He is mentioned in the unit history 'The Route As Briefed' DFC; Air Medal w 5/Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Dean Landfear

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Operational mission to Solingen in B-17F 42-30408 'Sharon Belle', mission was scrubbed due to weather, A/C was seen to explode at the nose, crashed near Astwell Castle with all crew lost, including Dean, 30-Nov-43. Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: PH.

  • William Munro

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator; Bombardier | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Commissioned at 18, the youngest officer at the time. Killed on 24th mission right after 20th birthday. Operational mission to Solingen in B-17F 42-30408 'Sharon Belle', mission was scrubbed due to weather, A/C was seen to explode at the nose, crashed...

  • Leighton Patterson

    Military | Flight Officer | Navigator | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Operational mission to Solingen in B-17F 42-30408 'Sharon Belle', mission was scrubbed due to weather, A/C was seen to explode at the nose, crashed near Astwell Castle with all crew lost, including Leighton, 30-Nov-43. Killed in Action (KIA). ...

  • Richard Pugh

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Pugh had recently been named CO of the 327th Bomb Sqn. Operational mission to Solingen in B-17F 42-30408 'Sharon Belle', mission was scrubbed due to weather, A/C was seen to explode at the nose, crashed near Astwell Castle with all crew lost, including...

  • Harry Scott

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner; Ball Turret Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Operational mission to Solingen in B-17F 42-30408 'Sharon Belle', mission was scrubbed due to weather, A/C was seen to explode at the nose, crashed near Astwell Castle with all crew lost, including Harry, 30-Nov-43. Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: PH.

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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...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 February 2020 18:24:27 William Pugh Changes to description
Sources

My father, William Hartley Pugh, and his brother, Richard Winston Pugh, grew up at 6140 Robison Road, in the Cincinnati neighborhood of Pleasant Ridge. I don't know why your bio read Cincinnati & environs.

Date Contributor Update
23 June 2017 14:50:51 Lucy May Changes to unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

Added connections from information in biography.

Date Contributor Update
19 May 2017 03:22:15 JoCarter Changes to nicknames
Sources

https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=pv&GRid=50760587&PIpi=105...

Date Contributor Update
19 May 2017 03:19:16 JoCarter Changes to production block number and description
Sources

http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=cslayton_sb&id=I1

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:29 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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