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42-31581

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 26/11/43; Paine Fd 28/11/43; Portland 2/12/43; Gt Falls 5/12/43; Kearney 16/12/43; Chicago 21/12/43; La Guardia 22/12/43; Grenier 24/12/43; Presque Is 30/12/43; Assigned Soxo 1/1/44 at Toome, N.I.

On a test flight on 13/1/44 it crashed on a hillside near National Children's Home, at Edgeworth, Bolton, Lancs while flying blind in zero visibility.

With Delbert Harris, Co-pilot: Lt McDonald (2 Returned to Duty); Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Lt. Larry Tracy; Sgt. Tom Kristin, T/Sgt L.B. Woodall & civilian Bill Killough (4 Killed in Service).

Salvaged n/battle damaged 2/10/44.

See more at : http://laituk.org/B-17%2042-31581%20article.htm

Service

Units

  • Base Air Depot 2

    Base Air Depot 2

    Group
    During 1942 to 1945 Warton Aerodrome was Base Air Depot No. 2, Station 582 of the U.S. 8th Air Force. In the three years it was active it processed over 10,000 aircraft and saw over 45,000 aircraft movements. Every type of American aircraft used in the...

People

  • Delbert Harris

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 353rd Fighter Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) - crashed near LeHavre in P-47 42-26036 on 1 Aug 44

  • William Killough

    Civilian | Observer
    Civilian with the Armed Forces he was flying as an observer During a test flight, B-17G #42-31581 crashed into a hillside in zero visibility. Killed in Action (KIA)

  • Thomas Kristin

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ground Crew
    During a test flight, B-17G #42-31581 crashed into a hillside in zero visibility. Killed in Action (KIA)

  • Laurence Tracy

    Military | First Lieutenant | CGE
    During a test flight, B-17G #42-31581 crashed into a hillside in zero visibility. Killed in Action (KIA)

  • L Woodall

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Ground Crew
    During a test flight, B-17G #42-31581 crashed into a hillside in zero visibility. Killed in Action (KIA)

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
25 March 2015 11:30:07 general ira snapsorter Changes to description, unit associations and person associations
Sources

Added details and associations from : http://laituk.org

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:39 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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