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Upper Cilgee Farm, Powys

Crash site

Detailed history

While returning from a mission to Bordeaux, the 388th BG, running low on fuel was dispersed by rain squalls. The Henry Cox Crew crashed B-17 #42-5906 "Sondra Kay" at this location. All 10 crew on board were KIA

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People

  • Herman Ball

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Flight Engineer - Top Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Killed on mission in returning from mission to Bordeaux and La Pallice on B17#42-5906 'Sondra Kay'. Rain squalls dispersed the 388th BG. AC crashed at Pembridge south of RAF Shobdon.

  • Frank Broach

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 388th Bomb Group
    1st Lt Broach was the son of Frank Norman Broach Sr., and Clara Elizabeth Wilson Broach. ...

  • Henry Cox

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Henry Jr. was a graduate of the 1940 class of Cumberland County High School. Two classmates, and football team members, graduating from CCHS in 1938, Ben H. West Jr. and Cecil G. Buttram were killed in action. AMM 3rd Class Ben H. West Jr. enlisted Dec...

  • Francis Curry

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Right Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    He resided in Dawson County, Texas prior to the war. ...

  • Donald Gromis

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator | 388th Bomb Group
    Killed on mission in returning from mission to Bordeaux and La Pallice on B-17 #42-5906 'Sondra Kay'. Rain squalls dispersed the 388th BG. AC crashed at Pembridge south of RAF Shobdon. 16 September 1943

  • Otto Kloza

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Left Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 16 September 1943 AM w/ Oak Leaf Cluster/ PH

  • Robert Leventhal

    Military | Second Lieutenant | 388th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 16 September 1943 AM w/ Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Joshua Lewis

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Tail Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Killed on mission returning from mission to Bordeaux and La Pallice in B-17 #42-5906 'Sondra Kay'. Rain squalls dispersed the 388th BG. A/C crashed at Pembridge south of RAF Shobdon. 16 September 1943

  • George Martin

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Ball Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA)

  • Albert Rubin

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Killed on returning from mission to Bordeaux and La Pallice in B-17 #42-5906 'Sondra Kay'. Rain squalls dispersed the 388th BG. A/C crashed at Pembridge south of RAF Shobdon. 16 September 1943 Air Medal

Aircraft

  • 42-5906 Sondra Kay

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 30/4/43; Sioux City 7/5/43; Dow Fd 15/6/43; Assigned 562BS/388BG [--E] Knettishall 16/6/43; suffered battle damaged at La Pallice, Fr. 16/9/43 with Henry Cox, Co-pilot: Albt Rubin, Navigator: Bob Leaventhal, Bombardier: Frank...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 97

    16 September 1943
    This mission is composed of two elements: Bomb Groups from 1st Bomb Division and Bomb groups from 3rd Bomb Division. The first element is a combined force of 147 B-17s from: 91BG (18); 303BG (19); 305BG (16); 351BG (19); 379BG (19); 381BG (20); and...

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Date Contributor Update
22 December 2017 03:39:48 466thHistorian Created entry with name, latitude, longitude, history, person associations, aircraft associations, mission associations and media associations
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