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42-37869

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 25/9/43; Gr Island 7/10/43; Assigned 20FG, 8th Weather Flight Cheddington 25/10/43; on flight from St Eval to base 25/12/43, crashed on hillside three miles SE of Bridestowe, near Oakhampton, Devon, UK, with Ernie Patterson, Co-pilot: Ray Coats, pass-RAF Sgt Basil Brown (3 Returned to Duty); Navigator: Rich Neary, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Sherwood Renner, Radio Operator: Sam Craig, Radio Operator: Mario Panetti, Waist gunner: Albany Blanchard (5 Killed in Service), Salvaged 21/1/44.

Service

People

  • Albeny Blanchard

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 25th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA). On return to base B17 #42-37869 crashed at Oakhampton returning from Atlantic weather reconnaissance mission. 5 KNO+2 RTD +1 RAF

  • Raymond Coats

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 25th Bomb Group
    On return to base B-17 #42-37869 crashed at Oakhampton returning from Atlantic WR Mission. RTD. 5 KNO+2 RTD +1 RAF

  • Samuel Craig

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 25th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA). On return to base B-17 #42-37869 crashed at Oakhampton returning from Atlantic weather reconnaissance mission. 5 KNO +2 RTD +1 RAF

  • Richard Neary

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 25th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA). On return to base B-17 #42-37869 crashed at Oakhampton returning from Atlantic weather reconnaissance mission.

  • Mario Panetti

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 25th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA). On return to base B17 #42-37869 crashed at Oakhampton returning from Atlantic weather reconnaissance mission. 5 KNO+2 RTD +1 RAF

  • Ernest Patterson

    Military | Major | Pilot; Commanding Officer | 25th Bomb Group
    On return to base B17 #42-37869 crashed at Oakhampion returning from Atlantic weather reconnaissance mission. 5 KNO +2 RTD +1 RAF

  • Sherwood Renner

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer | 25th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA). On return to base B-17 #42-37869 crashed at Oakhampton returning from Atlantic weather reconnaissance mission. 5 KNO + 2 RTD +1 RAF

Places

  • Cheddington

    Military site : airfield
    The main runway at Cheddington fell short of the required 2,000 yards for a class A airfield and it was originally used as a satellite for groups at Bovingdon nearby. Between October 1942 and the end of war in Europe it was used as a Combat Crew...

  • St Eval

    Military site : airfield
    USAAF and US Navy lodger units operated from the base from 1942.

Events

Event Location Date
Crashed Bridestowe, Okehampton EX20 4EP, UK 25 December 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:46 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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