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42-30580

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 27/6/43; Smoky 10/7/43; Dow Fd 15/7/43; Assigned 326BS/92BG [JW-N] Alconbury 14/8/43; Salvaged n/battle damaged 6/1/44 following ground collision with 42-31377, after ship blew right tyre; with Bill Lock, Co-pilot: Walt Price, Navigator: Milton Cohen, Bombardier: Sol Greenberg, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Ralph Shaw, Radio Operator: Jim Lavett, Ball turret gunner: Jim Farrell, Waist gunner: Rich Wilder, Waist gunner: Stan Sztore,Tail gunner: Porter Adams. (10 Returned to Duty). EQUIPOISE.

Service

Aircraft

  • 42-31377 Pot O' Gold

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 27/10/43; Gr Island 9/11/43; Nashville 17/11/43; ...

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Command
    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 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...

  • 326th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Porter Adams

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    B-17F #42-30580 'Equipoise' blew a tire and veered off runway on 5 Jan 1944. Another B-17 crashed into 30580.

  • Milton Cohen

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    B-17F #42-30580 'Equipoise' blew a tire and veered off runway on 5 Jan 1944. Another B-17 crashed into 30580. Shot down on return from mission to Oschersleben on 11 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-31175 'Trudy'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • James Farrell

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    B-17F #42-30580 'Equipoise' blew a tire and veered off runway on 5 Jan 1944. Another B-17 crashed into 30580. Shot down on return from mission to Oschersleben on 11 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-31175 'Trudy'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Sol Greenberg

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    B-17F #42-30580 'Equipoise' blew a tire and veered off runway on 5 Jan 1944. Another B-17 crashed into 30580. Shot down on return from mission to Oschersleben on 11 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-31175 'Trudy'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • James Lavett

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    B-17F #42-30580 'Equipoise' blew a tire and veered off runway on 5 Jan 1944. Another B-17 crashed into 30580.

  • William Lock

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Assigned to 326BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. 24 combat missions. Pilot of B-17F 42-30580 'Equipoise' blew a tire and veered off runway on 5-Jan-44. RTD. Shot down on return from mission to Oschersleben on 11-Jan-44 in B-17G 42-31175 'Trudy'. Evaded (EVD). MACR...

  • Walter Price

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    B-17F #42-30580 'Equipoise' blew a tire and veered off runway on 5 Jan 1944. Another B-17 crashed into 30580.

  • Ralph Shaw

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    B-17F #42-30580 'Equipoise' blew a tire and veered off runway on 5 Jan 1944. Another B-17 crashed into 30580.

  • Stanley Sztorc

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    B-17F #42-30580 'Equipoise' blew a tire and veered off runway on 5 Jan 1944. Another B-17 crashed into 30580. Shot down on 6 September 1943 in B-17 #42-30668. Plane ditched in Channel. Returned to base.

  • Richard Wilder

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    B-17F #42-30580 'Equipoise' blew a tire and veered off runway on 5 Jan 1944. Another B-17 crashed into 30580. Flew on crews piloted by Lts. Makowski, Ferguson. Flew on B-17 231807. Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17 #4231362. Landed in Sweden. Interned....

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
Manufactured Long Beach, CA 1943

Built at Boeing.

Delivered Cheyenne AAF, WY 27 June 1943

Delivered Cheyenne AAF 27-Jun-43.

Assigned Alconbury, UK 14 August 1943

Assigned 326BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Alconbury, UK 6 January 1944

Collision with 42-31377, after tire blew out landing at Alconbury. 6-Jan-44. 10 x RTD.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
09 February 2019 11:34:01 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, events, aircraft associations, unit associations and person associations
Sources

https://b17flyingfortress.de/en/b17/42-30580-equipoise/

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:31 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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