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BT287

Beaufighter

Beaufighter BT287 "Sad Sack II" 417th NFS, 12th AF, took off from Dijon on a transport mission to Istres-le Vallon. However, a bad blizzard made them lose their bearings and crash into Mount Arpette at 21:00 2nd Nov 44. 3 KIA. MACR 9942.

Service

Units

  • 417th Night Fighter Squadron

    417th Night Fighter Squadron

    Squadron
    The 417th Night Fighter Squadron was activated 20 February 1943. After organisation and training at Kissimmee Air Base near Orlando, Florida, the 417th departed for oversees duty on 5 May 1943 on the Queen Elizabeth, arriving in Scotland six days...

People

  • Murrel Anderton

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Passenger
    Passenger of the Beaufighter BT287 "Sad Sack II" 417th NFS, 12th AF, took off from Dijon on a transport mission to Istres-le Vallon. However, a bad blizzard made them lose their bearings and crash into Mount Arpette at 21:00 2nd Nov 44. KIA. MACR 9942.

  • Jesse Berryhill

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    Pilot of the Beaufighter BT287 "Sad Sack II" 417th NFS, 12th AF, took off from Dijon on a transport mission to Istres-le Vallon. However, a bad blizzard made them lose their bearings and crash into Mount Arpette at 21:00 2nd Nov 44. KIA. MACR 9942.

  • Raymond Rodgers

    Military | Observer
    Observer of the Beaufighter BT287 "Sad Sack II" 417th NFS, 12th AF, took off from Dijon on a transport mission to Istres-le Vallon. However, a bad blizzard made them lose their bearings and crash into Mount Arpette at 21:00 2nd Nov 44. KIA. MACR 9942.

Events

Event Location Date
Crashed Mont de l'Arpette, Mercantour National Park, 06450 Belvédère, France 2 November 1944

Beaufighter BT287 "Sad Sack II" 417th NFS, 12th AF, took off from Dijon on a transport mission to Istres-le Vallon. However, a bad blizzard made them lose their bearings and crash into Mount Arpette at 21:00 2nd Nov 44. 3 KIA. MACR 9942.

Assigned Lyon-Bron Airport (LYN), 1 Avenue Louis Mouillard, 69500 Bron, France

417th NFS, 12th AF.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
30 April 2015 14:37:40 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, description, events, unit associations and person associations
Sources

http://www.uswarmemorials.org/html/monument_details.php?SiteID=613&MemID... Crash site / event details.
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbasn.asp?SN=ND139&Submit4=Go / MACR 9942 Details:
http://usaafdata.com / USAAF Personnel Records.

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