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41-9174

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered 29BG MacDill 7/5/42; Assigned 340BS/97BG Polebrook 6/42; transferred 326BS/92BG Bovingdon 9/42; transferred 326BS/11CCRC 1/43; crashed on take off from Bovingdon on navigation exercise 24/6/43; with Jim Buford, Co-pilot: Jack Berry, Navigator: Harry Thompson, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Ramon Sherer, Radio Operator: Herb Jackson, pass-Lt Walter Fieg, Navigator: Capt Ralph Menees, Navigator: Lt Bill Turner, Navigator: Lt Joe Hudson, Navigator: Lt Chas Lichtenberger, obs-Lt Col Melvin Smith (11 Returned to Duty); Salvaged 25/6/43.

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    Group
    The 92nd Group sometime after arrivial in the UK converted to the role of in-theater combat crew indocrination and training. For this role, the Group traded its B-17F complement and obtained the B-17E, mostly from the 97th BG which was departing for...

  • 97th Bomb Group

    97th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 97th Bomb Group flew the Eighth Air Force's first heavy bomber mission from the UK when they bombed a marshalling yard at Rouen on 17 August 1942. Just a month later though the Group were reassigned to the Twelfth Air Force and left England for the...

  • 326th Bomb Squadron
  • 340th Bomb Squadron
  • No 11 Combat Crew Replacement Center

    No 11 Combat Crew Replacement Center

    Unit
    Established as a provisional unit at Bovingdon on 27 August 1942, and equipped with B-17Es transferred from the 92nd Bomb Group. ...

People

  • Jack Berry

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
    24 June 1943, B17 41-9174 was on a navigational test flight when problems developed on take-off.

  • James Buford

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    24 June 1943, B17 41-9174 was on a navigational test flight when problems developed on take-off.

  • Walter Fieg

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator
    24 June 1943, B17 41-9174 was on a navigational test flight when problems developed on take-off.

  • Joseph Hudson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 96th Bomb Group
    B-17 #4229752 ditched in Channel 13 May 1943. Returned to base. May also have a mention in Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. I p. 161 by Bishop & Hey for 24 June 1943, B17 41-9174 was on a navigational test flight when problems developed on...

  • Herbert Jackson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator
    24 June 1943, B-17 #41-9174 was on a navigational test flight when problems developed on take-off.

  • Charles Lichtenberger

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 94th Bomb Group
    Collided with E/A 14 July 1943 in B-17 42-3331 'Salty's Naturals. ' Killed in Action (KIA). May be listed in Losses for 24 June 1943, B17 41-9174 was on a navigational test flight when problems developed on takeoff.

  • Ralph Menees

    Military | Captain | Navigator
    24 June 1943, B17 41-9174 was on a navigational test flight when problems developed on take-off.

  • Ramon Sherer

    Military | Private First Class | Engineer
    24 June 1943, B17 41-9174 was on a navigational test flight when problems developed on take-off.

  • Melvin Smith

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator | 466th Bomb Group
    24 June 1943, B17 41-9174 was on a navigational test flight when problems developed on takeoff. Listed with 11th CCRC/ 326th BS

  • Harry Thompson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator
    24 June 1943, B17 41-9174 was on a navigational test flight when problems developed on take-off.

Places

  • Bovingdon

    Military site : airfield
    Bovingdon, in Hertfordshire (often confused with Bovington, Dorset), was built in 1941-42 as a bomber station but was never developed into a fully-fledged heavy bomber airfield as it did not have the required 2,000 yard runway. ...

  • Polebrook

    Military site : airfield
    Polebrook was laid down for RAF Bomber Command use in 1940-1941. Built by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd, it had short runways which were lengthened for USAAF heavy bomber use. The RAF used the base for operational trials - including of B-17 Flying...

Events

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
09 March 2017 20:35:00 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.americanairmuseum.com/unit/2

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:07 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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