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Crash picture, only surviving major piece as a result of mid-air collision on takeoff while forming up. Mission to Kiel. Rest of plane, loaded with bombs and fuel, burned for hours. Tail, right waist and ball turret gunner (Harry E. Hancock) bodies recovered and buried at American Military Cemetery Catsworth. Seven of the ten crewmembers were buried in Section E Site 35 at the Zachary Taylor National Cemetery, Louisville, Ky.

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Units

  • 379th Bomb Group

    379th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 379th Bomb Group (H) (heavy), based at Kimbolton, flew more sorties than any other Bomb Group in the Eighth Air Force and dropped a greater bomb tonnage than any other Group. The B-17 Flying Fortress Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit...

  • 527th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-29747 Rikki Tikki Tavi II

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 12/2/43; Walker 27/2/43; Smoky Hill 13/3/43; Presque Is 8/4/43; Assigned 339BS/96BG Grafton Underwood 18/4/43; Andrews Fd 13/5/43; Snetterton 12/6/43; transferred 526BS/379BG [LF-D] Kimbolton 12/7/43; collision with #42-31441 (303BG),...

  • 42-37887

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 1/10/43; Gr Island 24/10/43; Assigned 527BS/379BG [FO-S] Kimbolton 22/11/43; during assembly for mid-air coll with #42-31441 (303 BG), with Wayne Maresh, Co-pilot: Frank Mailander, Navigator: Bob Romme, Bombardier: Burton Kashatt,...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
14 January 2022 20:00:46 harrypontius Created entry with caption
Sources

Government crash site photos

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