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In the grass, beside the Reedham War Memorial, is a memorial stone for crew members who died when their B17s collided on 21 February 1944.

Connections

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
  • 550th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Peter Bobulsky

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

  • Edward Brown

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
    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
    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).

  • Joseph Carpinetti

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    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 Clift

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner
    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

  • Emilio Corgnati

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner
    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
    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
    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).

  • Harold Dickason

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner
    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

  • William Dukes

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator
    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).

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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:...

  • 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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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
13 April 2015 15:39:29 usxpat Created entry with caption, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

http://eastangliamemorials.blogspot.co.uk/
Photo taken 19 September 2012, Gary Atkins

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