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42-37744

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 13/8/43; Tulsa 17/8/43; Scott 1/10/43; Assigned 1 CCRC Gp Bovingdon, then 8AF Weather Flight, Bovingdon 10/6/43; crashed on t/o from Cheddington 9/12/43 with LaVerne Rissinger, Co-pilot: Bill Holcomb, Navigator: Otto Ahlers, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Pete Costello, Radio Operator: Bernie Cohen, a/ettg-Matt Ekes, cr/ch-John Buchanan, g-Ralph Harding, Met/Ob-Sq/Ldr Jack Osborne (RAF-517Sq), Met/Ob-F/Lt John Leigh-Clark (RAF-517Sq) (10 Killed in Service). T/O using all of runway and crashed down a slope through the trees in Bourne Wood, burning as it hit the ground.

Service

People

  • Otto Ahlers

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 25th Bomb Group
    December 9, 1943 take off crash from Bovington, UK on a weather recon flight in B17#42-37744. 10 KNO. 2 RAF Meteorological Officers aboard.

  • John Buchanan

    Military | Master Sergeant | Engineer | 25th Bomb Group
    John Buchanan was killed on 9 December 1943 in a take-off crash from Bovingdon, UK, where the 1st Combat Crew Replacement Center were based. He was beginning a weather reconnaissance flight in B-17 #42-37744. All 10 on board were killed, including two...

  • Bernard Cohen

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 25th Bomb Group
    December 9, 1943 take off crash from Bovington, UK on a weather recon flight in B17#42-37744. 10 KNO. 2 RAF Meteorological Officers aboard.

  • Peter Costello

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flt Eng | 25th Bomb Group
    December 9, 1943 take off crash from Bovington, UK on a weather recon flight in B17#42-37744. 10 KNO. 2 RAF Meteorological Officers aboard.

  • Matthew Ekes

    Military | Corporal | Gunner | 25th Bomb Group
    December 9, 1943 take off crash from Bovington, UK on a weather recon flight in B-17 #42-37744 (10 KNO). 2 RAF Meteorological Officers aboard.

  • Ralph Harding

    Military | Sergeant | Gunner | 25th Bomb Group
    December 9, 1943 take off crash from Bovington, UK on a weather recon flight in B17#42-37744. 10 KNO. 2 RAF Meteorological Officers aboard.

  • William Holcomb

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    The pilot, Lt. Holcomb and the entire crew of 10 weeks, crashed on take-off in B-17G (42-37744) at Bovingdon, England. They were on a weather recon mission bound for the eastern Atlantic.

  • LaVerne Rissinger

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 25th Bomb Group
    December 9, 1943 take off crash from Bovington, UK on a weather recon flight in B17#42-37744. 10 KNO. 2 RAF Meteorological Officers aboard.

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. ...

Events

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
01 April 2016 12:47:08 Lucy May Changes to description
Sources

http://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=97809

Date Contributor Update
01 April 2016 12:34:39 Lucy May Changes to person associations and place associations
Sources

Associated airmen's records to the aircraft record from information in their Biography fields.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:44 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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