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43-37623

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 5/5/44; Hunter 18/5/44; Dow Fd 29/5/44; Assigned 413BS/96BG [MZ-B] Snetterton 1/6/44; en route Schweinfurt 19/7/44 slight coll with 42-30851, with Ralph Colflesh, Co-pilot: Elmer Wenzel, Navigator: Tom Kialy, Bombardier: John Proufoot, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Tom Wallace, Radio Operator: Bernie Kelly, Ball turret gunner: Clement Bergeron, Waist gunner: Walt Stewart, Waist gunner: Denver Isaac,Tail gunner: Chas Hutton; crew prepared ship to be dumped at sea, but the pilots manged to bring ship back to base and three engines. Slight mid-air collision lead to force landed NW Lowestoft, Sfk, with Howard Patchen 2/5/45; In taxi accident on base with Ron Birch 22/3/45; Returned to the USA Bradley 5/7/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 8/7/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 17/12/45.

Service

People

  • John Bookout

    Military | Captain | pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    Assigned Jan 1945

  • Jean Elissalde

    Military | Major | Co-Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    Assigned Jan 1945

  • Marvin Lord

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Co-Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 532BS, 381BG, 8AF USAAF. Ended Tour Duty (ETD). Transferred to 401BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. 3-Feb-45 Flew with the 91st BG as Command Pilot for raid on Berlin. Ship was hit by flak and broke in two. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 12232. ...

  • Walter Malaniak

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Killed In Action (KIA) 19 July 1944. Mid-air collision near Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, between B-17 42-30851 (crashed at Thurston, Suffolk) and B-17 43-37623 (damaged but returned to base), en route to bomb Schweinfurt.

  • John McCluskey

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Killed In Action (KIA) 19 July 1944. Mid-air collision near Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, between B-17 42-30851 (crashed at Thurston, Suffolk) and B-17 43-37623 (damaged but returned to base), en route to bomb Schweinfurt.

  • Leo Ramos

    Military | Flight Officer | Navigator | 388th Bomb Group
    Killed In Action (KIA) 19 July 1944. Mid-air collision near Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, between B-17 #42-30851 (crashed at Thurston, Suffolk) and B-17 #43-37623 (damaged but returned to base), en route to bomb Schweinfurt.

Places

  • Snetterton Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Intended to be an RAF bomber base, construction of Snetterton Heath started in Autumn 1942 but continued until mid-1943, because it was extended after allocation as an Eighth Air Force bomber base. It had eventually three concrete runways, 50...

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Date Contributor Update
15 February 2018 20:13:22 Al_Skiff Changes to media associations
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Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:22 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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