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"Men of a Heavy Bombardment Group somewhere in England gather around what remains of a "Flying Fortress" which crashed and exploded in a plowed Field."

- 5 January 1944: The remains of B-17F serial 42-30767 (coded GY-Y) of thr 367th Bomb Sq, 306th BG, which crashed onto the grounds of the Sharnbrook ammunition depot shortly after takeoff. The pilot, Capt Ian Elliot, and seven others were killed. Copilot 2Lt Thomas Bridgeman and tail gunner Sgt William Winans survived.



  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


  • 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    Constituted as 306th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 28 Jan 1942. Activated on 1 Mar 1942. Trained for combat with B-17's. Moved to England, Aug-Sep 1942, and assigned to Eighth AF Eighth Air Force in September 1942 Station 111 Thurleigh. During combat,...

  • 367th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-30767

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 27/7/43; Gore 28/7/43; Cheyenne 4/8/43; Scott 9/8/43; Assigned 367BS/306BG [GY-Y] Thurleigh 21/9/43; crashed on take off for Kiel 5/1/44 with Capt Ian Elliott, Navigator: Harry Renfro, Bombardier: Bill Peterson, Flight engineer/top...


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01 January 2019 12:40:07 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations and aircraft associations