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42-31370

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 26/10/43; Gr Island 9/11/43; Nashville 11/11/43; Assigned 550BS/385BG [SG-O] Gt Ashfield 24/11/43; mid air coll with 42-37963 ex-Deipholz 21/2/44 with Capt John Hutchison, Co-pilot: Charles Curtis, Navigator: John Epps, Bombardier: Edmond Gamble, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Roy Kitner, Radio Operator: William Dukes, Ball turret gunner: John Erhardt, Waist gunner: Emilio Corgnati, Waist gunner: Peter Bobulsky Jr, Tail gunner: Joseph Carpinetti, foto- Frank Creegan (11 Killed in Action); crash landed Reedham Marshes, Nfk., UK 21/2/44; Salvaged battle damaged 26/2/44.

Used by various crews when their own ships were being serviced or repaired. Aircraft 42-31370 failed to acquire the nomenclature or any graphic nose art.

Time Team did an episode on this crash, first broadcast 21 February 1999. Series 6, Episode 8.

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Aircraft

  • 42-37963

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 26/10/43; Gr Island 10/11/43; Assigned 549BS/385BG [XA-O] Gt Ashfield 24/11/43; mid-air coll with 42-31370 (385) 21/2/44 with Warren Pease, Co-pilot: Edward Brown, Navigator: Bernard Kaplan, Bombardier: Robert Jenkins, Flight engineer...

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Units

  • 385th Bomb Group

    385th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 385th Bomb Group, who took the nickname "Van's Valiants" after their first Commanding Officer Col. Elliot Vandevanter, flew B-17s from Great Ashfield, Suffolk. The Group led the famous attack on the Focke-Wolfe aircraft factory at Marienburg on 9...

  • 550th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Peter Bobulsky

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Flew as waist gunner in the Lady Liz, which was piloted by Warren Cerrone. ...

  • Joseph Carpinetti

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Involved in a mid-air collision with another B-17 from the same group on return from operations to airfields in GB on 21 Feb 1944 in B-17G 42-31370 and crashed on Reedham Marshes, Norfolk. Killed in Action (KIA). ...

  • Emilio Corgnati

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Involved in a mid-air collision with another B-17 from the same group on return from operations to airfields in GB on 21 Feb 1944 in B-17G 42-31370 and crashed on Reedham Marshes, Norfolk. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Frank Creegan

    Military | Sergeant | Photographer | 385th Bomb Group
    Involved in a mid-air collision with another B-17 from the same group on return from operations to airfields in GB on 21 Feb 1944 in B-17G 42-31370 and crashed on Reedham Marshes, Norfolk. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Charles Curtis

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 385th Bomb Group
    Involved in a mid-air collision with another B-17 from the same group on return from operations to airfields in GB on 21 Feb 1944 in B-17G 42-31370 and crashed on Reedham Marshes, Norfolk. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • William Dukes

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 385th Bomb Group
    Involved in a mid-air collision with another B-17 from the same group on return from operations to airfields in GB on 21 Feb 1944 in B-17G 42-31370 and crashed on Reedham Marshes, Norfolk. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • John Epps

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 385th Bomb Group
    Involved in a mid-air collision with another B-17 from the same group on return from operations to airfields in GB on 21 Feb 1944 in B-17G 42-31370 and crashed on Reedham Marshes, Norfolk. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • John Erhardt

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Involved in a mid-air collision with another B-17 from the same group on return from operations to airfields in GB on 21 Feb 1944 in B-17G 42-31370 and crashed on Reedham Marshes, Norfolk. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Edmond Gamble

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 385th Bomb Group
    Involved in a mid-air collision with another B-17 from the same group on return from operations to airfields in GB on 21 Feb 1944 in B-17G 42-31370 and crashed on Reedham Marshes, Norfolk. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • John Hutchison

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 385th Bomb Group
    Involved in a mid-air collision with another B-17 from the same group on return from operations to airfields in GB on 21 Feb 1944 in B-17G 42-31370 and crashed on Reedham Marshes, Norfolk. Killed in Action (KIA). This was his 25th mission, the...

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Places

  • Great Ashfield

    Military site : airfield
    The airfield was built in 1942 by John Laing & Son Ltd. 108,000 tons of concrete was used in its construction, creating a Class 'A' airfield suitable for heavy bombers. The 385th Bomb Group took up residence in the summer of 1943, and remained at the...

Events

Event Location Date
Crashed Reedham, Norwich, UK 21 February 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
11 October 2019 14:17:22 william henry Changes to description
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Correct spelling of Capt John Hutchison

Date Contributor Update
03 February 2018 19:34:20 william henry Changes to media associations
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trying to remove photo

Date Contributor Update
23 January 2018 17:06:50 william henry Changes to description
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correct spelling

Date Contributor Update
23 January 2018 17:04:07 william henry Changes to description
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No one has found any photo of the plane with any markings.

Date Contributor Update
23 January 2018 16:57:58 william henry Changes to events
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correct date

Date Contributor Update
23 January 2018 16:55:46 william henry Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description and place associations
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Correcting spelling of names

Date Contributor Update
26 October 2016 17:27:26 clunds Changes to media associations
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385th Archives

Date Contributor Update
26 October 2016 17:25:49 clunds Changes to nicknames
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385th Archives

Date Contributor Update
26 June 2015 09:40:25 usxpat Changes to description and place associations
Sources

http://www.channel4.com/programmes/time-team

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:38 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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