"The tail turret of a "Flying Fortress" which crashed in a ploughed field somewhere in England. The only man to escape was the tail gunner."
A/C in question is 42-30767 of 367BS, 306BG which crashed shortly after take off in poor weather, killing all but the tail gunner and Co-pilot.
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,...
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...