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44-8418

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Patterson 6/9/44; Hunter 25/9/44; Grenier 25/9/44; Assigned 749BS 457BG Glatton 5/10/44; battle damaged Euskirchen 10/1/45 with ? and crash landed continent; Salvaged. BAD TIME INC. II.

Mid Air Collision with B-17 42-38064 'Arf n Arf' in thick haze over english channel 8-Nov-44 propellors chewed into 'Arf n Arf' fuselage, bisecting the A/C. All 10 aboard 'Arf n Arf' were KIA. 44-8418 returned damaged with all onboard.

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Aircraft

  • 42-38064 HALF ‘N HALF (ARF ‘N ARF)

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 1/12/43; Wendover 11/12/43; Grenier 10/1/44; Assigned 749BS/457BG [G/Q] Glatton 26/1/44; Missing in Action Merseburg 8/11/44 with Arnett Furr, Co-pilot: Sterling Book, Navigator: Joe Andrews, Bombardier: Leon Plagianos, Flight...

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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

  • Ras Clausen

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 457th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 749BS, 457BG, 8AF USAAF. Jim Elduff crew. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • James Elduff

    Military | Captain | Co-Pilot | 457th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 749BS, 457BG, 8AF USAAF. 44 x combat missions. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME. Post war: Served in Korean War.

  • Patrick Fusci

    Military | Master Sergeant | Radio Operator | 457th Bomb Group
    Plane was called 'Bad Time Inc.' Commanding Officer told us to name it 'Bad Time' as we seemed to irritate him at times. I came up with the 'Inc' part after a mob in Brooklyn - 'Murder Inc', the crew said "great", so 'Bad Time Inc' was our plane's name...

  • Ashton Geren

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 457th Bomb Group
    My father, who will be 94 years old in April 2016, was lead navigator in a B-17, flying missions over Germany out of RAF Glatton. He has many amazing memories of the war, but probably the most terrifying one is of his aircraft being involved in a mid...

  • Norbert Meeuwsen

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer | 457th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 749BS, 457BG, 8AF USAAF. Jim Elduff crew. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Morris Shuff

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 457th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 749BS, 457BG, 8AF USAAF. Jim Elduff crew. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Andrew Voytko

    Military | Sergeant | Waist gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 749BS, 457BG, 8AF USAAF. Jim Elduff crew. ETD Awards: DFC, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Robert Way

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 749BS, 457BG, 8AF USAAF. Jim Elduff crew. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

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.

Crashed Glatton, Huntingdon PE28 5RR, UK 16 June 1944

Practise mission ended in Belly landing Glatton 16-Jun-44.

Delivered Wright-Patterson AFB, OH, USA 6 September 1944

Delivered Patterson AAF 6-Sep-44.

Assigned Glatton, Huntingdon PE28 5RR, UK 5 October 1944

Assigned 749BS 457BG Glatton 5-Oct-44.

Crashed English Channel 8 November 1944

Mid Air Collision English Channel Cat 4 damage Lt James V Elduff, 8-Nov-44. 10 RTD. MACR 10344.

B-17G 44-8418 - 749BS 457BG 8AF

Crashed Belgium 10 January 1945

Battle damaged Euskirchen 10-Jan-45 crash landed continent [Belgium]. Pilot Lt Robert Woods ?

Salvaged Belgium February 1945

Salvaged

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
05 February 2018 18:30:27 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbasn.asp?SN=44-8418&Submit4=Go
https://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=49666
http://www.457thbombgroup.org/Fate/RLP137A.HTML
http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/1942_2.html
http://www.abcdlist.nl/lv.html

Date Contributor Update
04 February 2018 19:42:03 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, description, events, aircraft associations, unit associations and person associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbasn.asp?SN=44-8418&Submit4=Go
https://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=49666
http://www.457thbombgroup.org/Fate/RLP137A.HTML
http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/1942_2.html

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:42:00 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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