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B-17 Flying Fortress

During a strike of Germany industry at Köln (Cologne), Honeychile suffered engine problems. These failures forced LT Olson (Pilot) to leave formation and make for England. The crew had to eventually bail out, and the autopilot landed the aircraft near Liege, Belgium. The bombs exploded during the landing.
https://486th.org/Photos/AC1/HoneychileC.htm

Delivered Cheyenne 17/6/44; Kearney 28/6/44; Grenier 13/7/44; Assigned 833BS/486BG [4N-N] Sudbury 16/7/44; transferred 835BS [H8-B]; `12m` battle damaged Cologne 14/10/44 with ? and crew bailed; force landed continent; Salvaged 14/11/44. HONEYCHILE.

Service

Units

  • 486th Bomb Group

    486th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 486th Bomb Group flew both B-24s and B-17s, swapping from the former aircraft to the latter in late July 1944 after 49 missions. In total the Group flew 292 missions during the war and remarkably the 834th Bomb Squadron lost no aircraft or...

  • 835th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Clarence Clandellyn

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 486th Bomb Group
    See the 'Crew and Mission Info' for Lt. George 'Hunter' D. Smith's 835th Bomb. Squadron crew at the official 486th Bomb. Group web page at this address: https://486th.org/BS835/SmithG.htm Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (1 x Battle Star).

  • Melvin Kirkpatrick

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Nose Gunner | 486th Bomb Group
    See the 'Crew and Mission Info' for Lt. George 'Hunter' D. Smith's 835th Bomb. Squadron crew at the official 486th Bomb. Group web page at this address: https://486th.org/BS835/SmithG.htm

  • Morton Love

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 486th Bomb Group
    See the 'Crew and Mission Info' for Lt. George 'Hunter' D. Smith's 835th Bomb. Squadron crew at the official 486th Bomb. Group web page at this address: https://486th.org/BS835/SmithG.htm

  • Jason Mason

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-pilot | 486th Bomb Group
    See the 'Crew and Mission Info' for Lt. George 'Hunter' D. Smith's 835th Bomb. Squadron crew at the official 486th Bomb. Group web page at this address: https://486th.org/BS835/SmithG.htm

  • George Sherlock

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 486th Bomb Group
    See the 'Crew and Mission Info' for Lt. George 'Hunter' D. Smith's 835th Bomb. Squadron crew at the official 486th Bomb. Group web page at this address: https://486th.org/BS835/SmithG.htm

  • George Smith

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 486th Bomb Group
    Pilot Lt. George 'Hunter' D. Smith, and his co-pilot Lt. John R. Mason, along with the rest of their 835th Bomb. Squadron crew, flew missions from their base of operations in R.A.F. Sudbury, Sudbury, Suffolk, England, into enemy occupied Europe. ...

  • William Zeli

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 486th Bomb Group
    See the 'Crew and Mission Info' for Lt. George 'Hunter' D. Smith's 835th Bomb. Squadron crew at the official 486th Bomb. Group web page at this address: https://486th.org/BS835/SmithG.htm

Missions

  • 530

    8 August 1944

Places

  • Sudbury

    Military site : airfield
    Situated between the villages of Great Waldingfield and Acton, the airfield was used by the 486th Bomb Group from March 1944 to August 1945. Facilities for administrative offices for the Combat Wing were also made available here and along with barrack...

Events

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
16 October 2021 18:33:41 hansvonmaltzahn Changes to description, unit associations, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Information from the official webpage of the 486th Bomb. Group: https://486th.org/#
and the aircraft photo page for 'Honeychile': https://486th.org/Photos/AC1/HoneychileC.htm

Date Contributor Update
16 October 2021 16:15:15 hansvonmaltzahn Changes to nicknames
Sources

This information from the official web page of the 486th Bombardment Group's 'Aircraft' gallery: https://486th.org/Photos/AC1/Aircraft.htm

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:25 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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