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Statement of Witness, Midair Collision March 1, 1945. 43-38273 and 42-38035

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  • 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...

  • 550th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Charles Abney

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Top Turret Gunner
    Charles Abney was Top Turret Gunner on B-17G #43-38273 involved in a mid-air collision over Ostend, Belgium with B-17 #42-38035 (also 550th BS) on 1 March 1945 (mission to Ulm, Germany.) Crashed near Ostend, Belgium. KIA

  • Charles Armbruster

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot
    Killed in Action (KIA) in mid-air collision in Belgian airspace in 'Mr. Lucky' B-17 AC#42-38035. Collided with another 385th BG AC#43-38273.

  • George Burger

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
    George Burger was Co-Pilot on B-17G #43-38273 involved in a mid-air collision over Ostend, Belgium with B-17 #42-38035 (also 550th BS) on 1 March 1945 (mission to Ulm, Germany.) Crashed near Ostend, Belgium. Killed in Action (KIA)

  • Harry Clabaugh

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Aerial Gunner
    Harry Clabaugh was Aerial Gunner on B-17G #43-38273 involved in a mid-air collision over Ostend, Belgium with B-17 #42-38035 (also 550th BS) on 1 March 1945 (mission to Ulm, Germany.) Crashed near Ostend, Belgium. Killed in Action (KIA)

  • Robert Davis

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
    Robert Davis was Co-Pilot on B-17G #42-38035 involved in a mid-air collision over Ostend, Belgium with B-17 #43-38273 (also 550th BS) on 1 March 1945 (mission to Ulm, Germany.) Crashed on a farm in Slijpe, Belgium. Killed in Action (KIA)

  • Joy Dunlap

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot
    Flew on 'Stork Club' 42-107109, part of Capt. Weikert's crew. They were lead B in High Squadron. Completed 35 missions, plus two food missions and Prisoner of War (POW) pickup missions in France.

  • Joe Jones

    Military | Major | Tail Gunner
    Joe Jones Jr was Tail gunner on B-17 "Mr Lucky" 42-38035 on the 1 April 1945 mission to Ulm, Germany. Flying on the crew's 22nd mission in the low element approaching the coast of Belgium, cloud banks rose to more than 13,000ft. ...

  • Robert Keenan

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator
    Killed in Action (KIA) - March 1, 1945 in a mid-air collision over Ostend, Belgium of his B-17 Serial 43-38273 with 42-38035 of the same formation. Awards: Air Medal, Oak Leaf Cluster, Purple Heart

  • Robert Mason

    Military | Sergeant | Gunner
    Robert Mason was a Gunner on B-17G #42-38035 involved in a mid-air collision over Ostend, Belgium with B-17 #43-38273 (also 550th BS) on 1 March 1945 (mission to Ulm, Germany.) Crashed on a farm in Slijpe, Belgium. Killed in Action (KIA)

  • Alexander Rusecky

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot
    Killed in Action (KIA)

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Aircraft

  • 42-38035 Mr. Lucky

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 21 November 1943. Kearney 7 December 1943. Presque Isle 12 December 1943. Assigned 550BS/385BG [SG-B] Great Ashfield 16 December 1943. Mid-air collision on 1 March 1945 (mission to Ulm, Germany) with 43-38273. Had its tail cut off...

  • 43-38273 Sugar Jo

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 15 JUly 1944. Kearney 24 July 1944.Grenier 8 August 1944. Assigned 550BS/385BG [SG-S] Gt Ashfield 13 August 1944. Mid-air collision on 1 March 1945 (mission to Ulm, Germany.) 8 killed : Pilot Alexander Rusecky; Co-Pilot George C....

Missions

  • 857

    1 March 1945

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
29 November 2018 19:30:38 mcahill Changes to person associations and mission associations
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Date Contributor Update
29 November 2018 19:00:43 mcahill Changes to collection, caption, unit associations, person associations and aircraft associations
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29 November 2018 18:42:27 mcahill Created entry
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