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43-38137

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 29/6/44; Kearney 8/7/44; Grenier 16/7/44; Assigned 835BS/486BG [H8-N] Sudbury 17/7/44; 5m crashed on take off for Cologne 15/10/44 with Clarry Herman, Co-pilot: Bob Etter, Navigator: Bill Annan, Bombardier: Vernon Mierhenry, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: John Sartain, Radio Operator: Bob Stone, Ball turret gunner: Ralph Spaulding, Waist gunner: John Jackson, Tail gunner: Joe Cook (9 Killed in Action); aircraft came down at Woodhall Farm, Sudbury, UK., (Now Tesco Superstore), also killing a civilian; Salvaged. Missing Air Crew Report ? .

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

  • William Annan

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 486th Bomb Group
    Killed when B17 43-38137 crashed on takeoff at Woodhall Farm, Sudbury on 15 October 1944.

  • 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).

  • Joseph Cook

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 486th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA)

  • Joseph Cook

    Military | Sergeant | Rear Gunner | 486th Bomb Group
    Born in Plymouth, Indiana, the County Seat of Marshall County. Prior to Military Service, he worked for the Indiana Motor Bus Company. He registered for the Army on June 30, 1942. ...

  • Robert Etter

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 486th Bomb Group
    Killed when B-17 #43-38137 crashed on takeoff at Woodhall Farm, Sudbury on 15 October 1944.

  • Clarence Herrmann

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 486th Bomb Group
    Injured when B17 43-38137 crashed on takeoff at Woodhall Farm, Sudbury on 15 October 1944. He was the only one of his crew to survive.

  • John Jackson

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 486th Bomb Group
    Killed when B17 43-38137 crashed on takeoff at Woodhall Farm, Sudbury on 15 October 1944.

  • 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

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Missions

  • 575

    26 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

Event Location Date
Crashed Sudbury, Suffolk 15 October 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 October 2021 16:54:28 hansvonmaltzahn Changes to person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

This information from the official web page of the 486th Bomb. Group, and specifically, the crew and mission page of Lt. G. Smith of the 835th Bomb. Sq. at: https://486th.org/BS835/SmithG.htm

Date Contributor Update
10 September 2021 16:25:24 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

Added a space before the words "Tail gunner" in the A/C “Description” to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
02 May 2015 16:01:26 usxpat Changes to events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

http://eastangliamemorials.blogspot.co.uk/

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:26 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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