UPL 52588


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AC # 42-97938, 'Twan-n-g-g-g' 612th BS, 401st BG. Crash-landed at base 28 October 1948. The aircraft skidded off to the right approximately 75 yards from the runway after the right landing gear collapsed on touch down. Aircraft was damaged beyond repair and scrapped.


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A pathfinder B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 44-8258) of the 401st Bomb Group. Image by Robert Astrella. Written on slide casing: '48258 14 A, Mount Farm.'
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment


Ground personnel of the 401st Bomb Group attend to a crashed B-17 (SC-S, serial number 42-97938) nicknamed "Twan-n-g-g" piloted by Lieutenant Donald M. Schliemann. Printed caption on reverse: '65727 AC- When Lt Donald M Schliemann was landing the Boeing B-17 "Twan-n-g-g" after the mission over Munster, Germany, the landing gear buckled and the plane careened off the runway coming to a stop on the perimeter. Here 401st Bomb Group inspect the damage to the plane 28 October 1944. (Aircraft no. 42-97938). US
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Twan-n-g-g-g
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 612th Bomb Squadron



  • Date: 28 October 1944