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92nd Bomb Group, 325th Bomb Squadron B-17G-42-107168 NV-D "Pappy Time" after her crash landing at Podington on 16th August, 1944 with the Lt Ted Letterman Crew. (All crew members OK). Named Pappy Time because the crew had the oldest average age in the squadron at 24 years old.
Lt Ted Lotterman - Miami, FL; - Pilot
Harold M (Bud) Hegyessy Jr Alliance, OH; - Navigator
William J (Bill) Garrison-Ducor, CA;
Albert H (Al) Grinstead Jr.-Lincoln, ME - Bombardier
'Dukie' Dinsmoor; - Engineer
John P 'Thumber' TeWalt-Vincennes, IN;
Austin M 'Pinky' Pinkham-S Bristol ME;
Ralph W 'Kansas' Koby-Wichita,
KS & Tony M Annonio-Morgantown
The plane took over 37 flak holes, including five in the nose, 12 in the fuselage and tail, and numerous hits to the #1 and #2 engines, wings, landing flaps and hydraulic system.
When Lotterman ' s group returned to Podington, the sky was so congested, with over 2,000 other bombers and fighters returning, that they were ordered to do combat type landings, 30 seconds apart on alternate sides of the runway, three aircraft at one time on the runway. His plane was badly damaged and difficult to control. Getting into the prop-wash of the plane landing immediately in front caused them to waste valuable runway distance before touching down. The hydraulic fluid was going and suddenly, no brakes! He tried to groundloop the plane, but it wouldn't do it. He found out later that a mechanic had put a steel sheer pin in the tail wheel instead of the proper aluminum one. With his plane nearly overrunning the aircraft ahead of them, the gunners and radio operator in the back knew that they were in trouble. The gunners and radio operator bailed out on the runway, protected from serious injury by their leather flight suits. The plane nearly hit a gun emplacement at the end of the runway before running off the runway and bouncing into the brush and a stand of large English Oak trees. The bombardier and navigator saw they were going to hit a large oak tree head-on so they dived back onto the catwalk under the pilots. The nose of the plane got totally smashed-in when they crashed into the tree. Everyone who was left on board got out fast and safe. Pappy Time did not burn, but this was the end for number 2107168-B17G.




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Date Contributor Update
30 December 2020 19:58:33 Scott Weir Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

Added by Scott Weir (Grandson of Albert Grinsted - Bombardier). Story from bio of Ted Lotterman - Pilot. Picture from 92nd Bomb Group Facebook page.