A B-17 Flying Fortress (WA-P, serial number 42-32000) of the 524th Bomb Squadron, 379th Bomb Group after forced landing in Felpham, Sussex, 4 July 1944. Handwritten caption on reverse: '4th July 1944. A/C shot up over France. F/L - crew safe. Rear of Downview Road. Houses (West Side) Felpham, Bognor Regis, Sussex. Resident who provided photo still corresponds with pilot - now solicitor. From P. Amos, 6 Patham Close, Littlehampton, Sussex.'
Lieutenant Masoni of the 379th Bomb Group with Barbara Deane after crash landing his B-17 Flying Fortress in Deans' garden, 4 July 1944. Passed as censored 5 Jul 1944. Handwritten caption on reverse: '379.' Printed caption on reverse: 'Independence Day Incident[obscured] American Bomber Lands In Garden In Southern England. With two engines out of commission and several of the crew wounded by flak, an American four-engined bomber returning from an early morning raid on targets in Normandy made a belly landing in a garden in Southern England on Independence Day[obscured]. Photo Shows:- After the emergency landing Barbara Deane meets one of the airmen in front of the bomber. He is the navgator, Lt. Masoni, of New York City. Lal July 5 1944 PN' .' Censor no: 335467. On reverse: Planet News and SHAEF Field Press Censor [Stamps].
Delivered Cheyenne 14/1/44; Dalhart 26/1/44; Kearney 22/2/44; Grenier 24/2/44.
Assigned to the 524th Bomb Squadron, /379th Bomb Group [WA-P] Kimbolton 27/2/44.
On mission to attack French airfields 4/7/44 crash landed Felpham, Sussex, UK. where householder gave crew tea and coffee 4/7/44.
Pilot: Cliff Blue
Co-pilot: Mayo Adams
Navigator: Oswald Masoni
Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Cecil Shaffer
Radio Operator: Harry Olson
Ball turret gunner: Tom Sutton
Waist gunner: John McDonough
Tail gunner: Milton Craven
(9 Returned to Duty)
Salvaged 2 SAD Lt Staughton 10/7/44.
The 379th Bomb Group (H) (heavy), based at Kimbolton, flew more sorties than any other Bomb Group in the Eighth Air Force and dropped a greater bomb tonnage than any other Group. The B-17 Flying Fortress Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit...
Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
He was Co-Pilot on the Clifford M. Blue crew on July 4,1944 returning from France in "Twentieth Century" B-17G #42-3000 which had lost 2 engines due to Flak damage. Over England, a third engine lost power. A/C made a wheels up landing in a field behind...
Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
Upon landing after a practice formation flight on 2 Feb 1944, the landing gear of B-17G #42-38036 collapsed due to a tire blowing out. RTD.
Military | Major | Group Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 26 x combat missions. ETD
Awards: DFC (3OLC), AM (7OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.
Military | Captain | Squadron Bombardier | 379th Bomb Group
Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. Finished 30 missions and then volunteered for 3 more. Lead Bombardier on grapefruit mission (glide bomb) to Cologne, Germany 28-May-44. Earlier on Hamburg mission, 25-Jul-43, pilot Lt Carlisle killed, I then...
Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Bombardier | 379th Bomb Group
Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 33 x combat missions. ETD
Awards: DFC, AM, PH (2OLC), WWII Victory, EAME, UN and Korean medals.
Military | Captain | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
On July 4,1944 returning from France in "Twentieth Century" B17G#42-32000 which had lost 2 engines due to flak damage. Over England, a third engine lost power. A/c made a wheels up landing in a field behind the house of Miss Cheney, 18 Downview Road,...
Military | Captain | Pilot; S-3 Officer | 379th Bomb Group
Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 31 x combat missions. ETD
Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.
Military site : airfield
Planned for RAF use, Kimbolton airfield was built by W and C French Ltd. in 1941. The airfield was increased in size to accommodate a full US heavy Bomb Group, and the first such unit to us it was the 91st Bomb Group, who arrived in September 1942....
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