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Reedham War Memorial

Crash site

Detailed history

Two American B-17G Flying Fortress 42-37963 and 42-231370 of the 549th Bomb squadron and 550th Bomb Squadron of the 385th Bomb Group crashed at Reedham Marshes on 21 February 1944. Both crews of ten each were killed.

The aircraft had been returning from a raid on Diepholz in North West Germany and were approaching their base at Great Ashfield when they crashed. The Reedham memorial remembers the fallen.

Historic environment record reference number

TG 40 SW 14

Connections

People

  • Peter Bobulsky

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Flew as waist gunner in the Lady Liz, which was piloted by Warren Cerrone. ...

  • Edward Brown

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 385th Bomb Group
    Involved in a mid-air collision with another B-17 from the same group on return from operations to airfields in GB on 21 Feb 1944 in B-17G 42-37963 and crashed on Reedham Marshes, Norfolk. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Gail Bruner

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Involved in a mid-air collision with another B-17 from the same group on return from operations to airfields in GB on 21 Feb 1944 in B-17G 42-37963 and crashed on Reedham Marshes, Norfolk. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Joseph Carpinetti

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Involved in a mid-air collision with another B-17 from the same group on return from operations to airfields in GB on 21 Feb 1944 in B-17G 42-31370 and crashed on Reedham Marshes, Norfolk. Killed in Action (KIA). ...

  • William Clift

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Involved in a mid-air collision with another B-17 from the same group on return from operations to airfields in GB on 21 Feb 1944 in B-17G 42-37963 and crashed on Reedham Marshes, Norfolk. Killed in Action (KIA). AM w/ Oak Leaf Cluster, PH

  • Emilio Corgnati

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Involved in a mid-air collision with another B-17 from the same group on return from operations to airfields in GB on 21 Feb 1944 in B-17G 42-31370 and crashed on Reedham Marshes, Norfolk. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Frank Creegan

    Military | Sergeant | Photographer | 385th Bomb Group
    Involved in a mid-air collision with another B-17 from the same group on return from operations to airfields in GB on 21 Feb 1944 in B-17G 42-31370 and crashed on Reedham Marshes, Norfolk. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Charles Curtis

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 385th Bomb Group
    Involved in a mid-air collision with another B-17 from the same group on return from operations to airfields in GB on 21 Feb 1944 in B-17G 42-31370 and crashed on Reedham Marshes, Norfolk. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Harold Dickason

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Involved in a mid-air collision with another B-17 from the same group on return from operations to airfields in GB on 21 Feb 1944 in B-17G 42-37963 and crashed on Reedham Marshes, Norfolk. Killed in Action (KIA). AM, PH

  • William Dukes

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 385th Bomb Group
    Involved in a mid-air collision with another B-17 from the same group on return from operations to airfields in GB on 21 Feb 1944 in B-17G 42-31370 and crashed on Reedham Marshes, Norfolk. Killed in Action (KIA).

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Aircraft

  • 42-31370

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 26/10/43; Gr Island 9/11/43; Nashville 11/11/43; Assigned 550BS/385BG [SG-O] Gt Ashfield 24/11/43; mid air coll with 42-37963 ex-Deipholz 21/2/44 with Capt John Hutchison, Co-pilot: Charles Curtis, Navigator: John Epps, Bombardier:...

  • 42-37963

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 26/10/43; Gr Island 10/11/43; Assigned 549BS/385BG [XA-O] Gt Ashfield 24/11/43; mid-air coll with 42-31370 (385) 21/2/44 with Warren Pease, Co-pilot: Edward Brown, Navigator: Bernard Kaplan, Bombardier: Robert Jenkins, Flight engineer...

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 228 BIG WEEK - DAY 2

    21 February 1944
    Day 2 of BIG WEEK is another maximum effort by 8th Air Force to bomb 6 airfields in Germany as primary targets: Diepholz, Gütersloh, Lippstadt, Werl, Achmer and Handorf. In addition the industrial areas of Brunswick city are included as a primary...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
01 November 2019 16:10:54 Emily Changes to history, historic environment record reference number, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Historic England National Monument Record number TG 40 SW 14

Pastscape

Date Contributor Update
24 January 2018 22:21:30 william henry Changes to person associations
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image

Date Contributor Update
13 April 2015 15:54:00 usxpat Created entry with name, latitude, longitude, history, aircraft associations and media associations
Sources

http://eastangliamemorials.blogspot.co.uk/

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