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A B-17 Flying Fortress (QJ-Q, serial number 42-31023) nicknamed "Skyball" of the 339th Bomb Squadron, 96th Bomb Group that has crash-landed at Honington. Official caption on image: "2138. 1-29-44. Hon. B-17F. 42-31028. M. F.S.A.D."
12 1944-01-27 Aircraft: B-17G (#42-31023).
Organization: 339BS / 96BG of Snetterton Heath, Norfolk.
......Pilot: Lemanski, Richard F.........
Notes: crash landing.
Location: Troston, Suffolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/

IWM catalogue record

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A B-17 Flying Fortress (QJ-Q, serial number 42-31023) nicknamed "Skyball" of the 339th Bomb Squadron, 96th Bomb Group that has crash-landed at Honington. Official caption on image: "2138. 1-29-44. Hon. B-17F. 42-31028. M. F.S.A.D."

Connections

Units

People

  • Richard Lemanski

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot
    Completed 11 missions to Ludwigshaven, Brunswick, Wilhelmshaven, Frankfort, Rostock, Poznan, Belgium, French and Polish objectives. Shot down by ME 109s on the mission to Berlin on 8 March 1944 in B-17 #4231576. ...

Aircraft

  • 42-31023

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 3/9/43; Scott 27/9/43; Assigned 339BS/96BG [QJ-Q] Snetterton 15/10/43; with no crew named, crash landed RAF Honington 29/1/44; Salvaged 18/4/44. SKYBALL.

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 198

    29 January 1944
    The primary target for this mission was the railroad marshalling yards and industrial areas of Frankfurt, Germany. A combined force of 863 heavy bombers were despatched in three elements to make the attack. The combined bomber gunner claims on enemy...

Locations

  • Honington

    Military site : airfield
    Honington was in use by Eighth Air Force units for a longer period than any other air base in England. The air base, built in the mid 1930s as part of the RAF's expansion programme had seen plenty of action as an RAF base before it was handed over to...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
13 April 2017 10:28:48 Valerie Lemanski Holley Changes to person associations and mission associations
Sources

Valerie Lemanski Holley Collection

Date Contributor Update
05 April 2017 13:18:53 Valerie Lemanski Holley Changes to caption
Sources

12 1944-01-27 Aircraft: B-17G (#42-31023).
Organization: 339BS / 96BG of Snetterton Heath, Norfolk.
......Pilot: Lemanski, Richard F.........
Notes: crash landing.
Location: Troston, Suffolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/

Date Contributor Update
15 December 2016 10:16:25 Lucy May Changes to aircraft associations
Sources

Removed connection to B-17 42-31028. This connection was made automatically when the records were created because the full serial number appears in the object's caption.

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:42:21 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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