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42-5791

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Long Beach 31/1/43; Salina 14/2/43; Kearney 12/3/43; Brookley 27/3/43; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-E] Horham 19/4/43; 412BS [QW-S]; 5m, transferred AFSC 6/43; on personnel ferry to Southport 29/12/43 with Alden Witt, Co-pilot: Bill Gaffney, Navigator: Howard Leddy, Bombardier: Alan Grant, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Kingsley Spitzer, Ball turret gunner: Wendell Verbulecz, plus passengers: Capts Louis Reno, Louis Green, Arvid Dahl, Lt Bob Moon, NCOs Roy Baughman, Ray Loija, Jim Leithhead, Dewey Cox, Harry Shade, Linus Thomas, Gene Downey and Andrew Mullavey (18 Killed in Service). In heavy overcast crashed Buckley, Flintshire, N. Wales. Salvaged. RUTHLESS.

A/C crew were on enroute to R&R whilst transferring tour expired personnel to departure port for return to States. Flying through heavy cloud cover and in freezing fog, the navigator relied on dead reckoning and maps, and when he thought they had reached the coast, the pilot descended out of the clouds but they were off course by four miles and still over mountainous terrain.

Service

Units

People

  • Roy Baughman

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 95th Bomb Group
    Killed in service in A/C #42-39883 flying through overcast, plane crashed into a mountain while on a non-operational mission to transport crew members who had completed tours of duty to another field for return to the US.

  • John Burkot

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 455th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. Completed tour. 2nd tour with 741BS, 455BG, 15AF USAAF. Awards: DFC, AM (5OLC), PH, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Dewey Cox

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Killed in service 29 December 1943. Accident in in A/C #42-39883 'Ruthless' flying through overcast, plane crashed into a mountain while on a non-operational mission to transport crew members who had completed tours of duty to another field for return...

  • Robert Cozens

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot/Command Pilot | 95th Bomb Group

  • Arvid Dahl

    Military | Captain | On Board ; Passenger | 95th Bomb Group
    Killed in service 29 December 1943. Accident in A/C #42-39883 'Ruthless' flying through overcast, plane crashed into a mountain while on a non-operational mission, ferrying selected members of two 95th BG, 334th BS crews to R&R at The Palace Hotel in...

  • Eugene Downey

    Military | 95th Bomb Group
    Killed in service 29 December 1943. Accident in in A/C #42-39883 'Ruthless' flying through overcast, plane crashed into a mountain while on a non-operational mission to transport crew members who had completed tours of duty to another field for return...

  • William Gaffney

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Killed in service in A/C #42-5791 flying through overcast, plane crashed into a mountain while on a non-operational mission to transport crew members who had completed tours of duty to another field for return to the US.

  • Alan Grant

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 95th Bomb Group
    Killed in service in A/C #42-39883 flying through overcast, plane crashed into a mountain while on a non-operational mission to transport crew members who had completed tours of duty to another field for return to the US.

  • Louis Green

    Military | Captain | On Board ; Passenger | 95th Bomb Group
    Killed in service 29 December 1943. Accident in A/C #42-5791 'Ruthless' flying through overcast, plane crashed into a mountain while on a non-operational mission, ferrying selected members of two 95th BG, 334th BS crews to R&R at The Palace Hotel in...

  • Howard Leddy

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 95th Bomb Group
    Killed in service in A/C #42-39883 flying through overcast, plane crashed into a mountain while on a non-operational mission to transport crew members who had completed tours of duty to another field for return to the US. AM

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Places

  • Horham

    Military site : airfield
    Horham airfield was planned and built for RAF use, but handed over to the Eighth Air Force and used initially by the 47th Bomb Group. When they joined the Twelfth Air Force in January 1943, it became home to the B-26 Marauders of the 323rd Bomb Group....

Events

Event Location Date
Crashed Buckley, Flintshire, UK 29 December 1943

On personnel ferry to Southport 29/12/43. In heavy overcast crashed Buckley, Flintshire, N.Wales. (18 x KOAS) No MACR.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
19 May 2022 10:35:49 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number and unit associations
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

Date Contributor Update
18 July 2020 21:11:38 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

Added a space in the A/C “Description” to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
02 December 2015 13:50:49 Al_Skiff Changes to description
Sources

AAM DB Entry.

Date Contributor Update
02 December 2015 13:32:07 Al_Skiff Changes to nicknames
Sources

AAM DB Entry.

Date Contributor Update
02 December 2015 13:31:39 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, markings, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

AAM DB Entry.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:56 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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