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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.



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  • John Berbrich

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
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  • Gilbert Jacobs

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    Accident Oct. 9, 1943 on slow-timing flight of B17#41-24529. 4 RTD

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Date Contributor Update
26 January 2015 22:50:36 bombercommand Changes to caption

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