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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/top turret gunner: William Clift, Radio Operator: William Gill, Ball turret gunner: Frank Owsley, Waist gunner: Harold Dickason, Waist gunner: Gail Bruner,Tail gunner: Junior Falls (10 Killed in Action); crash landed Reedham Marshes, Nfk., UK 21/2/44. Salvaged.

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

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Aircraft

  • 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:...

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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...

  • 549th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Edward Brown

    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 42-37963 and crashed on Reedham Marshes, Norfolk. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Gail Bruner

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right 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 42-37963 and crashed on Reedham Marshes, Norfolk. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • William Clift

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer; Top 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 42-37963 and crashed on Reedham Marshes, Norfolk. Killed in Action (KIA). AM w/ Oak Leaf Cluster, PH

  • Harold Dickason

    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 42-37963 and crashed on Reedham Marshes, Norfolk. Killed in Action (KIA). AM, PH

  • Junior Falls

    Military | Staff 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 42-37963 and crashed on Reedham Marshes, Norfolk. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • William Gill

    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 42-37963 and crashed on Reedham Marshes, Norfolk. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Robert Jenkins

    Military | Second 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 42-37963 and crashed on Reedham Marshes, Norfolk. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Bernard Kaplan

    Military | Second 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 42-37963 and crashed on Reedham Marshes, Norfolk. Killed in Action (KIA). ...

  • Franklin Owsley

    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 42-37963 and crashed on Reedham Marshes, Norfolk. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Warren Pease

    Military | First Lieutenant | 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 42-37963 and crashed on Reedham Marshes, Norfolk. Killed in Action (KIA).

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
25 January 2018 16:31:38 william henry Changes to description
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description

Date Contributor Update
26 October 2016 17:24:27 clunds Changes to media associations
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385th archives

Date Contributor Update
26 October 2016 17:22:52 clunds Changes to media associations
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385th archives

Date Contributor Update
26 October 2016 17:21:59 clunds Changes to nicknames
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385th records

Date Contributor Update
26 June 2015 09:43:37 usxpat Changes to description and place associations
Sources

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

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:47 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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