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42-97182

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 6/2/44; Kearney 24/2/44; Grenier 13/3/44; Assigned 568BS/390BG [BI-P] Fram lingham 16/3/44; (51m) battle damaged Brest gun batteries 26/8/44 with George Smith, Co-pilot: Carleton Sacco, Navigator: Bob Taylor, Bombardier: Herman Collins, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Allen McCasland, Radio Operator: Vic Graff, Ball turret gunner: Mike Kasarda, Waist gunner: Martin Kilbride, Tail gunner: Cpl Gus Brubaker (9 Killed in Action); mid air coll with #42-102936, crashed West of, Hitchin, Herts. UK (14 crew killed plus two civilians); Salvaged 27/8/44. DING DONG DADDY.

Service

Aircraft

  • 42-102936

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 20/4/44; Kearney 16/5/44; Grenier 27/5/44; Assigned 92BG Podington 30/5/44; transferred 569BS/390BG [CC-P] Framlingham 1/6/44; detailed Brest, Fr. 26/8/44 with Paul Bellamy, Co-pilot: Jim Graba, Bombardier: Joe Lee, Radio Operator:...

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Units

  • 390th Bomb Group

    390th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 390th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Framlingham, Suffolk, between July 1943 and the end of the war in Europe. The Group was engaged in strategic missions until the invasion of Europe when its role became more of a tactical one. This...

  • 568th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Gus Brubaker

    Military | Corporal | Tail Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA). B-17 #42-107184 'Ding Dong Daddy'. Mid-air collision on formup.

  • Herman Collins

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier; Togglier | 390th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA). B-17 #42-97182 'Ding Dong Daddy'. Mid-air collision during assembly.

  • Victor Graff

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 390th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA). B-17 #42-97182 'Ding-Dong-Daddy'. Mid-air collision during assembly near Hitchin, England. Crew Number 19

  • Michael Kasarda

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA). B-17 #42-97182 'Ding-Dong-Daddy'. Mid-air collision during assembly near Hitchin, England.

  • Martin Kilbride

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 568BS, 390BG, 8AF USAAF. Mid-air collision in B-17 42-97182 'Ding-Dong-Daddy' on assembly near Hitchin, England. Killed in Action (KIA) Awards: AM, PH, EAME.

  • Allen McCasland

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA). B-17 #42-97182 'Ding-Dong-Daddy'. Mid-air collision during assembly near Hitchin, England

  • Carleton Sacco

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA). B-17G #42-97182 'Ding-Dong-Daddy'. Mid-air collision during assembly near Hitchin, England

  • George Smith

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA). B-17 #42-97182 'Ding-Dong-Daddy'. Mid-air collision during assembly near Hitchin, England.

  • Robert Taylor

    Military | Navigator | 390th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA). B-17G #42-97182 'Ding-Dong-Daddy'. Mid-air collision during assembly near Hitchin, England.

Places

  • Framlingham

    Military site : airfield
    Built for the Eighth Air Force from 1942 to 43, Framlingham was home first to the 95th Bomb Group, before that unit moved to RAF Alconbury. From 1943 to 1945, it was operated by the 390th Bomb Group. The airfield was handed back to the RAF in 1945, and...

Events

Event Location Date
Crashed Weston, UK 26 August 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 March 2020 19:17:34 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

Added a "#" to the A/C serial number in the A/C "Description" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
27 March 2020 17:51:25 jmoore43 Changes to description
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Added a space in front of the words "Tail gunner" in the A/C “Description” to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
22 December 2016 10:33:38 Lucy May Changes to nicknames, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations
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Added connections from information in biography field.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:10 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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