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43-38812

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Lincoln 25/9/44; Grenier 11/10/44; Assigned 749BS/457BG [U] Glatton 17/10/44;
diverted to RAF Portreath on 19-Dec-44 following a raid on Koblenz, when base socked in. Whilst returning to base 23-Dec-44 and letting down on instruments through the clag, crashed two miles north of Gt Rollright, Oxfordshire, UK (the crash site was actually in Warwickshire) with Cliff Hendrickson, Walter Graves, Co-pilot, Joe Kilmer, Bombardier: Dave Williams, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: George Bruer, Radio Operator: Bob Reidel, Ball turret gunner: Edmund Fitzgerald, Waist gunner: George Hawley, Tail gunner: Cliff Henrich Waist gunner; (8 Killed in Service) (1 Returned to Duty) Salvaged 26/12/44.

Service

Units

  • 457th Bomb Group

    457th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 457th Bomb Group began combat operations during the Big Week of 20-25 February when American bombers carried out concentrated raids against German aircraft bases, factories and assembly plants. The air crews' targets on that first mission were...

  • 749th Bomb Squadron

People

  • George Bruer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top turret / Engineer | 457th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 749FS, 457BG, 8AF USAAF. Returning to base from diversion airfield, letting down on instruments, crashed two miles north of Great Rollright, Oxfordshire, UK (the crash site was actually in Warwickshire) 23-12-44. Died Non Battle (DNB). ...

  • Edmund Fitzgerald

    Military | Sergeant | Ball turret gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 749FS, 457BG, 8AF USAAF. Returning to base from diversion airfield, letting down on instruments, crashed two miles north of Great Rollright, Oxfordshire, UK (the crash site was actually in Warwickshire) 23-12-44. Died Non Battle (DNB). ...

  • Walter Graves

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-pilot | 457th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 749FS, 457BG, 8AF USAAF. Returning to base from diversion airfield, letting down on instruments, crashed two miles north of Great Rollright, Oxfordshire, UK (the crash site was actually in Warwickshire) 23-12-44. Died Non Battle (DNB). ...

  • George Hawley

    Military | Sergeant | Waist gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 749FS, 457BG, 8AF USAAF. Returning to base from diversion airfield, letting down on instruments, crashed two miles north of Great Rollright, Oxfordshire, UK (the crash site was actually in Warwickshire) 23-12-44. Died Non Battle (DNB). ...

  • Clifford Heinrich

    Military | Sergeant | Tail gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 749FS, 457BG, 8AF USAAF. Returning to base from diversion airfield, letting down on instruments, A/C crashed two miles north of Great Rollright, Oxfordshire, UK (the crash site was actually in Warwickshire) 23-12-44. Seriously injured in...

  • Clifford Hendrickson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bomber pilot | 457th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 749FS, 457BG, 8AF USAAF. Returning to base from diversion airfield, letting down on instruments, crashed two miles north of Great Rollright, Oxfordshire, UK (the crash site was actually in Warwickshire) 23-12-44. Died Non Battle (DNB). ...

  • Joseph Kilmer

    Military | Flight Officer | Bombardier | 457th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 749FS, 457BG, 8AF USAAF. Returning to base from diversion airfield, letting down on instruments, crashed two miles north of Great Rollright, Oxfordshire, UK (the crash site was actually in Warwickshire) 23-12-44. Died Non Battle (DNB). ...

  • Megan Lewis

    Military | First Lieutenant | Nurse
    First Lieutenant Megan Lewis a nurse with the Queen Alexandra’s Nursing Corps, was staying in Great Rollright on the night of 23-Dec-44, when B-17 43-38812 crashed at Great Rollright. Grabbing her medical bag she made her way to the crash site to tend...

  • Robert Riedel

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 457th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 749FS, 457BG, 8AF USAAF. Returning to base from diversion airfield, letting down on instruments, crashed two miles north of Great Rollright, Oxfordshire, UK (the crash site was actually in Warwickshire) 23-12-44. Died Non Battle (DNB). ...

  • David Williams

    Civilian | Bombardier | 457th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 749FS, 457BG, 8AF USAAF. Returning to base from diversion airfield, letting down on instruments, crashed two miles north of Great Rollright, Oxfordshire, UK (the crash site was actually in Warwickshire) 23-12-44. Died Non Battle (DNB). ...

Missions

  • 756

    19 December 1944

Places

  • Glatton

    Military site : airfield
    Glatton, which lay mostly in the parish of Conington, was built by the 809th Engineer Battalion (Aviation) of the U.S. Army in the last months of 1942. Unusually, the base's three runways surrounded Rose Court Farm, which remained a working farm...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Seattle, WA, USA 1944

Built at Boeing.

Delivered Washington, USA 1944

Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned Glatton, Huntingdon PE28, UK October 1944

Assigned 749BS, 457BG, 8AF.

Diverted after raid Portreath, Redruth TR16, UK 19 December 1944

Diverted to RAF Portreath on 19-Dec-44 following a raid on Koblenz, when base socked in.

Crashed Great Rollright, Chipping Norton OX7, UK 23 December 1944

Whilst returning to base 23-Dec-44 and letting down on instruments through the clag, crashed two miles north of Gt Rollright, Oxfordshire, UK (the crash site was actually in Warwickshire) 9 x KIS 1 x RTD.

Salvaged Great Rollright, Chipping Norton OX7, UK 26 December 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 December 2016 11:09:49 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, markings, description, events, person associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/29425830/?terms=43-38812
http://www.457thbombgroup.org/aircraft.html
https://www.airfieldresearchgroup.org.uk/forum/oxfordshire-memorials/809...
http://www.457thbombgroupassoc.org/_media/newsletters/Fireball_Newslette...

Date Contributor Update
24 December 2016 15:29:40 Al_Skiff Changes to events, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

AAM Db entry details.

Date Contributor Update
21 April 2015 11:52:55 NickBlacow Changes to description
Sources

Correcting place names following contact with organisation attempting to erect a memorial.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:33 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 15270 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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