Available: 18 February 1944 - Boeing Aircraft Co, Seattle, Washington
Cheyenne Modification Center: 25 February 1944
Grand Island AAF: 8 March 1944
Grenier AAF: 20 March 1944
Assigned: 7 April 1944 - 8th AF / 94th CBW / 508BS / 351BG - (RAF Polebrook)
17 combat missions
Mid-air collision: Tuesday, 23 May 1944 @ 0635 hrs (Pilot error)
8th AF mission: 364 / 351st BG mission: 131 (Epinal, France – Marshalling yard)
Collision with B-24J-140-CO #42-110172 (Pilot: 1Lt Kenneth C Barton)
The lead box (B wing), which Lt. Crowe was leading the low squadron, was assembling in a left hand circle around Splasher #6. As it turned to a northerly heading, one group of B-24s passed in front on a west heading.
A second group of B-24s, approaching from the east failed to turn in time. This formation had its back to the sun that made seeing them, from the B-17 formation, almost impossible.
#3 & 4 engine & outboard wing of #42-97325 struck just forward of the left waist window of the B-24, causing #42-110172 to shear in two.
AAF accident report: 44-5-24-510
(note: date on accident report is in error -- date should be 44-5-23)
Crashed marshlands Hoxne, Suffolk, Salvaged.
In 1972 an engine from Lt. Crowe's aircraft was recovered and restored and is now
displayed in the 390th BG Museum at Parham.
Pete Crowe, Co-pilot: Norris Nelson, Navigator: Bob Russeth, Bombardier: Frank Rubin, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Gerald Fiebelkorn, Tail gunner: Frank Lopez (6 Killed in Action). Radio Operator: Theo Popp, Ball turret gunner: Edwin Harden, Waist gunner: Joe Duggan (all 3 injured but Returned to Duty).
The 351st Bomb Group flew strategic bombing missions from their base at Polebrook, Northamptonshire from April 1943 to June 1945. The Group's most famous member was Hollywood actor Clark Gable, who flew four/ five missions with them as an observer...
Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 351st Bomb Group
Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner / Flight Engineer | 351st Bomb Group
Killed in Action (KIA)
Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 351st Bomb Group
Assigned to 508BS, 351BG, 8AF USAAF. ETD.
Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 351st Bomb Group
Killed in Action (KIA)
Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 351st Bomb Group
Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier | 351st Bomb Group
Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 351st Bomb Group
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...
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