41-24529 BK-E, UNNAMED. During an engine check mission on 9 October 1943, the ship overshot the runway and ran into a ditch. The undercarriage collapsed & blocked a nearby road, with Pilot-John M. Berbrich, Copilot-Francis Page Nelson Jr., Navigator-Julius S. Schwartz, Engineer/Top Turret Gunner-Gilbert O. Jacobs, 4 returned to duty (RTD). The accident enquiry resulted in a determination of 100% pilot error. Salvaged on 17 October 1943. The ship still has the squadron markings (JJ) from the 422 Bomb Squadron, 305th Bomb Group.
The 305th Bombardment Group (Heavy), nicknamed "Can Do" was activated 1-March-1942 at Salt Lake City Air Base, Utah which was their primary training base until 11-Jun-1942 when they relocated to Geiger Field, Washington until 29-Jun-1942, then on to...
The 384th Bomb Group flew B-17s from Grafton Underwood, Northamptonshire, between May 1943 and June 1945. They were engaged in daylight bombing missions over Germany as part of the Allies' efforts to destroy the effectiveness of the Luftwaffe by...
Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
Accident 9 October 1943 on slow-timing flight of B17#41-24529 BK-E. 4 Returned To Duty.
Military | Engineer, Top Turret
Accident Oct. 9, 1943 on slow-timing flight of B17#41-24529. 4 RTD
Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot, Pilot
Assigned to 545BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. 11 x combat missions.
Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator
Accident, Oct. 9, 1943 on slow-timing flight of B17#41-24529. 4 RTD.
10/14/43 on return from Schweinfurt mission, B17#42-5852 'The Natural' ' crashed at Oxfordshire with crew baling out near RAF Oakley. 5 of the crew were injured with all returning.
B-17 Flying Fortress
Assigned 422BS/305BG [JJ-T] Syracuse 14/9/42; Grafton Underwood 25/10/42; transferred 546BS/384BG Grafton Underwood [BK-J] 22/9/43; on engine check mission 9/10/43, overshot runway and into a ditch, undercarriage collapsing & blocking nearby road, with...