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East Kirkby

Crash site

Detailed history

On 30 December 1944, B-17 42-97479 of the 92nd Bomb Group crashed here and all 9 airmen on board were killed.

The crew were Jospeh Van Stratton, Edward Porter, John Cowan, Charles Chambers, Tom Standish, Arthur Estrada, Harry Barner, Wilfred Bedard and William White.

Local resident Reuben Holmes laid a wreath in memory of this crew at the crash site on 30 December 2016. The crash site is some little way from East Kirkby to which most references are made, the site lies between two small village hamlets namely Old Bolinbroke and Hareby.

Connections

People

  • Harold Barner

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Assigned to 327BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to Kaiserlautern, battle damaged, B-17G 42-97479 crash landed two miles north of RAF East Kirby, burned out 30-Dec-44 Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: PH.

  • Wilfred Bedard

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Assigned to 327BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to Kaiserlautern, battle damaged, B-17G 42-97479 crash landed two miles north of RAF East Kirby, burned out 30-Dec-44 Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: PH.

  • Charles Chambers

    Military | Sergeant | Bombardier | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Assigned to 327BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to Kaiserlautern, battle damaged, B-17G 42-97479 crash landed two miles north of RAF East Kirby, burned out 30-Dec-44 Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: PH.

  • John Cowan

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Assigned to 327BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to Kaiserlautern, battle damaged, B-17G 42-97479 crash landed two miles north of RAF East Kirby, burned out 30-Dec-44 Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: PH.

  • Arthur Estrada

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Assigned to 327BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to Kaiserlautern, battle damaged, B-17G 42-97479 crash landed two miles north of RAF East Kirby, burned out 30-Dec-44 Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: PH.

  • Edward Porter

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Assigned to 327BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to Kaiserlautern, battle damaged, B-17G 42-97479 crash landed two miles north of RAF East Kirby, burned out 30-Dec-44 Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: PH.

  • Thomas Standish

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Assigned to 327BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to Kaiserlautern, battle damaged, B-17G 42-97479 crash landed two miles north of RAF East Kirby, burned out 30-Dec-44 Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: PH.

  • Joseph Van Stratton

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bomber pilot | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Assigned to 327BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to Kaiserlautern, battle damaged, B-17G 42-97479 crash landed two miles north of RAF East Kirby, burned out 30/12/44 Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: PH.

  • William White

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Assigned to 327BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to Kaiserlautern, battle damaged, B-17G 42-97479 crash landed two miles north of RAF East Kirby, burned out 30-Dec-44 Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: PH.

Aircraft

  • 42-97479 'Belle of Liberty'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 28/11/43; Kearney 12/12/43; Cleveland 26/12/43; Presque Is 30/12/43; Assigned 327BS/92BG [UX-L] Podington 27/1/44; Damaged on the 6 March 1944 mission to bomb the ball-bearing plant at Erkner, in the outskirts of Berlin. Walsh crew....

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
14 March 2017 15:47:26 Lucy May Changes to history
Sources

Correspondence with Reuben Holmes:
'The crash site is some little way from East Kirkby to which most references are made, the site lies between two small village hamlets namely Old Bolinbroke and Hareby.'

Date Contributor Update
30 January 2017 09:46:09 Lucy May Created entry with name, latitude, longitude, history, person associations and aircraft associations
Sources

Correspondence with Reuben Holmes.
Existing details in aircraft record 42-97479:
https://www.americanairmuseum.com/aircraft/10554

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