42-29685

Ground crew of the 95th Bomb Group attend to an explosion caused whilst loading bombs into a B-17 Flying Fortress at Alconbury. Aircraft pictured are: B-17F (serial number 42-29808) and B-17F (serial number 42-29706) nicknamed "Passion Flower" (after the Disney character from 'Bambi')- both were written off as a result of the explosion. Printed caption on reverse: 'A-25287 AG Planes 3 and 4 (later) in foreground were damaged beyond repair. The scene of the explosion, which ocurred as bombs were loaded in

Object Number - FRE 833 - Ground crew of the 95th Bomb Group attend to an explosion caused whilst loading bombs into a B-17 Flying Fortress at Alconbury. Aircraft pictured...

Delivered Cheyenne 2/2/43; Salina 17/2/43; Rapid City 20/2/43; Kearney 12/3/43; Presque Is 8/4/43; Assigned 334BS/95BG Alconbury 30/3/43, transferred 412BS [QW-R]; 3m.

Blew up at Alconbury 27/5/43, (along with three other a/c:42-29706; 42-29804; 42-29808, five others severely damaged & six with minor damage). Salvaged.
Whilst the A/C was being serviced, a single 500lb bomb from the load of ten exploded causing a chain reaction ending in a conflagration and mass casualties (19** KIS), 21 seriously and 14 slightly injured).

**Following casualties, Killed in Service:
Baldassaro, Frank A., Pfc, Ordnance, New York
Banks, Stanley B., Sgt, Mechanic, Idaho
Briske, Frederick W., Sgt, Mechanic, Michigan
Carlisle, John E., Pvt, Radio Maintenance, Georgia
Carroll, Byron E., Jr., Corp, Crew Chief, Connecticut
Cunningham, Thomas F., M/Sgt, Radio Maintenance, Pennsylvania
Eliah, Sam P., Sgt, Mechanic, New York
Finn, Albert E., Pfc, Ordnance, Pennsylvania
Gira, John F. M., Sgt, Aircraft Inspector, South Dakota
Henderson, Wallace F., Corp, Radio Maintenance, Maine
Irwin, Harry, Jr., 2nd Lt, Ordnance Officer, California
Lewis, Clinton L., Sgt, Mechanic, Michigan
McCool, Alvis W., Jr., Sgt, Ordnance, Tennessee
Metzger, Frank A., Jr., 1st Lt, Navigator, Indiana
Palmer, Louis, T/Sgt, Radio Maintenance, Pennsylvania
Rogers, Earl C., Sgt, Armament, California
Swarts, Glen W., Sgt, Armament, New York
Twiford, Jack S., Sgt, Armament, Wyoming
Welch, Howard R., Sgt, Armament, New York

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Units served with

The insignia of the 95th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 412th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Tail Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 412th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 32730585
  • Highest Rank: Private First Class
  • Role/Job: Ordnance
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 412th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 39827030
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Mechanic
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 412th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 36175681
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Mechanic
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 412th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 34686450
  • Highest Rank: Private
  • Role/Job: Radio Operator; Mechanic

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Ground crew of the 95th Bomb Group attend to an explosion caused whilst loading bombs into a B-17 Flying Fortress at Alconbury. Aircraft pictured are: B-17F (serial number 42-29808) and B-17F (serial number 42-29706) nicknamed "Passion Flower" (after the Disney character from 'Bambi')- both were written off as a result of the explosion. Printed caption on reverse: 'A-25287 AG Planes 3 and 4 (later) in foreground were damaged beyond repair. The scene of the explosion, which ocurred as bombs were loaded in
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Passion Flower
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 412th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 412th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Unit: 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few 95th Bomb Group 412th Bomb Squadron

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Destroyed in explosion

RAF Alconbury 1943-05-25 Blew up at Alconbury 27/5/43 along with 42-29706; 42-29804; 42-29808.

Revisions

Date23 Nov 2022 01:27:37
Contributoracbernstein1
Sources

95th Bomb Group Memorials Foundation 

Date16 May 2022 19:30:08
ContributorAl_Skiff
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AAM DB Entry.

Date13 Dec 2021 22:15:00
Contributorjmoore43
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Added the Production block number per info on the internet.
SOURCE: https://b17flyingfortress.de/en/production-block/b-17f-65-bo-42-29632-4…

Date18 Nov 2020 22:48:03
Contributorjmoore43
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Corrected a typo in the "Description" - "conflagration" was misspelled.

Date8 Jan 2016 16:08:13
ContributorPaul Bellamy
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Loss location corrected from Framlingham to Alconbury.
(Source: 1AD HQ Archive - 92BG records, 95BG records, 1st Bomb Division records)

Date8 Jan 2016 15:44:04
ContributorPaul Bellamy
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Loss location corrected from Framlingham to Alconbury.
(Source: 1AD HQ Archive - 92BG records, 95BG records, 1st Bomb Division records )

Date2 Dec 2015 18:05:16
ContributorAl_Skiff
Sources

AAM DB Entry.

Date17 Jun 2015 10:26:49
Sources

Associated people from MACR 15590 and http://95thbg.org/j3migr/flight-crew-records;

Date27 Sep 2014 18:40:23
ContributorAAM
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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