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Wincanton War Memorial

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Memorial to the 9 American airmen killed when their B-17 Old Faithful crashed at Snag Farm, Stoke Trister, near Wincanton, Somerset, UK. The crew had strived to land away from the town. Local residents and relatives of the airmen held a ceremony of remembrance at the memorial on 22 May 2014.

Read an eye-witness account from Jean Pratt, a British evacuee, here: http://www.westerndailypress.co.uk/Evacuee-trapped-bomber-burst-flames/s...

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People

  • Roy Anderson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Flight Engineer/Top Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Killed returning from a mission to Toulouse, France. The B-17, serial number 42-37958, named 'Old Faithful', crashed in a farmyard at Snag Farm, Stoke Trister, Wincanton, Somerset.

  • Douglas Deurmyer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Killed on mission to Toulouse, France crashed in farmyard at Snag Farm, Stoke Trister, Wincannon, Somerset . Plane was named 'Old Faithful' *42-37958

  • Dean McDowell

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Killed on mission to Toulouse, France crashed in farmyard at Snag Farm, Stoke Trister, Wincannon, Somerset . Plane was named 'Old Faithful' *42-37958

  • Richard Mehlberg

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Killed on mission to Toulouse, France crashed in farmyard at Snag Farm, Stoke Trister, Wincannon, Somerset . Plane was named 'Old Faithful' *42-37958

  • Peter Mikonis

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Killed on mission to Toulouse, France crashed in farmyard at Snag Farm, Stoke Trister, Wincannon, Somerset . Plane was named 'Old Faithful' *42-37958

  • Frank Pepper

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Killed on mission to Toulouse, France crashed in farmyard at Snag Farm, Stoke Trister, Wincannon, Somerset . Plane was named 'Old Faithful' *42-37958

  • Ralph Stein

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Took off from Bassingbourn on an combat mission to Toulouse, France onboard 42-37958. A/c was reported to be on fire at the target and left the formation. It was next seen with all engines running with a trail of smoke just prior to the crash at 1545...

  • Will Stevens

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Killed returning from a mission to Toulouse, France. The B-17, serial number 42-37958, named 'Old Faithful', crashed in a farmyard at Snag Farm, Stoke Trister, Wincanton, Somerset.

  • Joseph Sullivan

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Killed on mission to Toulouse, France crashed in farmyard at Snag Farm, Stoke Trister, Wincannon, Somerset . Plane was named 'Old Faithful' *42-37958

Aircraft

  • 42-37958 Old Faithful

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 27/10/43; Gr Island 11/11/43; Assigned 401BS/91BG [LL-G] Bassingbourn 20/12/43; 36m ex-St Nazaire, sustained battle damage and crash landed Wincanton, Som. UK., 25/6/44 with Peter Mikonis, Co-pilot: Frank Pepper, Navigator: Joe...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
05 November 2015 15:54:19 Lucy May Changes to latitude, longitude and history
Sources

http://www.westerndailypress.co.uk/Evacuee-trapped-bomber-burst-flames/s...

Date Contributor Update
05 November 2015 15:36:47 Lucy May Created entry with name, latitude, longitude, history, person associations and aircraft associations
Sources

Correspondence with Chris Topp.

See: http://www.wincantonwindow.co.uk/wincanton-remembers-the-crash-of-old-fa...

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