B-17 42-107213 "Rubble Rouser"
She had just returned from the mission to Neuss, Germany 23 Jan 1945. They were having difficulties from some battle damage, you may notice that engine #1 is feathered and eventually they had only one engine working during this landing attempt. Kimbolton her home air field was locked in and all 379th Aircraft were diverted to Wendling Air Base .
Lt Hathaway attempted to land on the remaining three engines but when he came out of the haze he saw that he was too far right of the runway. He attempted a full power go around but engine #2 blew out a cylinder causing the aircraft to lose more altitude. Lt Hathaway then put her into a bank in order to miss two water towers but he also clipped the roof of the link trainer building. He straightened her out but then lost engine #3. Luckily for him and the crew there was a parade field just ahead. The plane skidded off the icy end of the Parade Field striking a truck carrying spare parts for the link trainers. All personnel survived the incident and the "Rubble Rouser" was sent to the 2nd BAD where they scavenged her for parts,
This incident is often confused with the Take off incident of Aircraft #42-31592 "No Body's Baby" earlier that morning at Kimbolton. She stalled around 30 feet in the air and then made a hard turn and crashing into the 525th BS - Head Quarters Area killing Nine Airmen. It was a bad day for the 379th because only five aircraft got Airborne and flew the mission to Nuess. Upon return none could land at Kimbolton because the weather had actually gotten worse. All returning aircraft were diverted to other airbases. The 379th BG suffered a great loss that morning culminating into this incident that afternoon.
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 | Pilot
Was trained as B-24 pilot at Savh Ga Chatham Field. Sent to 379th BG in England. Changed to B-17s because the crew was beleived to be most adaptable crew. Completed 33 missions and ranks the B-17 a better aircraft than the B-24
B-17 Flying Fortress
Delivered Tulsa 21/3/44; Kearney 4/4/44; Grenier 14/4/44; Assigned 524BS/379BG [WA-F] Kimbolton 20/4/44; crashed on landing after the Neuss, Ger mission 23/1/45 (41+m) with the Lt Carl Hathaway Crew; crashed at Wendling A/fd hit base link trainer...