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Barroway Drove

Crash site

Detailed history

On 11 April, 1944 at 0900 hours, the plane (B-17G, 42-31083, (379th BG, 525th BS (FR-A)Tenny Belle))) was flying in formation on an operational mission (8th AF #298 (379th BG #95) Sorau, Germany) when the accident took place. The aircraft had approximately 9,000 feet altitude and an air speed of about 115 M.P.H.
The Plane violently lurched from the left to the right and broke in mid air, falling to the ground in two parts. The cause of the accident is undetermined and consequently, responsibility therefore cannot be established.

With exception of the Navigator, William F. Evans, who had his parachute on and was able to get free of the aircraft, all of the other crew members were killed.

In 2018 a memorial-plaque was unveiled inside Barroway Drove Village Hall commemorating the crew's names (from the 'Tenny Belle')

Connections

People

  • Carl Christensen

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Bombardier / L,R Waist Gunner, Nose Gunner / Togglier | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 25 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) in 42-31083; A/C exploded mid-air near Downham Market, England. Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: AM, PH.

  • John Daly

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 11 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Sorau, Germany mission 11-Apr-44 'Tenny Belle' exploded in mid-air near Downham Market, England. Killed in Action (KIA). No MACR Awards: AM, PH.

  • William Evans

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 17 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Sorau, Germany mission 11-Apr-44 'Tenny Belle' exploded in mid-air near Downham Market, England. Sole survivor, blown out of A/C with chute. Wounded in Action (WIA) RTD....

  • Frank Hearne

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 11 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) in 42-31083. A/C exploded mid-air near Downham Market, England. Killed in Action (KIA) Awards: AM, PH.

  • Robert Koerber

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 11 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Sorau Germany mission 11-Apr-44 'Tenny Belle' exploded in mid-air near Downham Market, England. Killed in Action (KIA) Awards: AM, PH.

  • Adriel Langendoerfer

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio man | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USSAF. FTR (FTR) in B-17 42-31083. A/C exploded in mid-air near Downham Market, England Killed in Action (KIA) Awards: AM, PH.

  • John MacCallum

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 11 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Sorau Germany mission 11-Apr-44 'Tenny Belle' exploded in mid-air near Downham Market, England. Killed in Action (KIA) Awards: AM, PH.

  • Howard Polizzo

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner / Armorer | 379th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA). Plane exploded mid-air near Downham Market, England ...

  • Harvey Tuber

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 11 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) in B-17 42-31083. A/C exploded mid-air near Downham Market, England, navigator survived. Killed in Action (KIA) Awards: AM, PH.

  • Omer Young

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer, Top Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 10 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) in 42-31083. A/C exploded in mid-air near Downham Market, England. Killed in Action (KIA) Awards: AM, PH.

Aircraft

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
28 November 2019 12:35:22 Emily Changes to history
Sources

https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/new-war-memorial-at-barroway-drove-1-5814950, link original shared by user Hornchurch in biography for 42-31083

Date Contributor Update
04 February 2018 18:35:25 TennyBelle Created entry with name, latitude, longitude, history, person associations, aircraft associations, mission associations and media associations
Sources

Report of Aircraft Accident (attached media) and Information on the exact location provided by knowledgeable residents local to the crash site.

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