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Harold J Kelsen

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B-17G #42-31202 turned back at mid-channel on an operational mission on 9 Mar 1944 and the a/c ran off the runway upon landing. RTD.

5 December 1943 AC B-17#42-39825 'Zenobia El Elephante 2' stalled and exploded on ground 20 minutes later. Crew had escaped and villagers warned so no civilian casualties and crew returned.

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  • Bert Bessellieu

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Togglier/Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    B-17G 42-31202 turned back at mid-channel on an operational mission on 29 Mar 1944 and the a/c ran off the runway upon landing. All crew safe and returned to duty.

  • Wardlaw Hammond

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    B-17 PILOT. 31 COMBAT MISSIONS IN EUROPE INCLUDING NORMANDY. B-17G #42-31202 turned back at mid-channel on an operational mission on 29 Mar 1944 and the a/c ran off the runway upon landing. RTD. ...

  • George Snodgrass

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    George Snodgrass was waist gunner on B-17G #42-31202 which turned back at mid-channel on an operational mission on 29 Mar 1944. On return to base at Deenethorpe, the aircraft ran off the runway upon landing. All crew safe and returned to duty.

Units served with

  • 401st Bomb Group

    401st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 401st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deenethorpe, Northamptonshire, from November 1943 to June 1945. Starting their missions at that time meant the focus was very much on the coming invasion attempt of France planned for the following...

  • 613th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-107043 Fitch's Bandwagon

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 4/2/44; Grenier 2/3/44; Assigned 613BS/401BG [IN-B] 21 combat missions; Deenethorpe 23/3/44; Taxi accident while waiting to take-off for Equihen, France 2/6/44 with Larry Fitchett, Co-pilot: Bruce Campbell, Navigator: Lawrence Pfeiffer,...

  • 42-31202

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 3/10/43; Gr Island 31/3/43; Wilmington 9/11/43; Assigned 613BS/401BG [IN-D] Deenethorpe 12/12/43; t/o for mission as spare but turned back, severely damaged as repairs were being undertaken on base, 29/3/44 with Walter B. Keith, Co...

  • 42-39825 Zenobia El Elephante

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 12/9/43; Scott 21/10/43; Assigned 613BS/401BG [IN-M] Deenethorpe 26/10/43; aircraft stalled & crashed on take off and exploded 5/12/43, with Walter Keith, Co-pilot: Wardlaw Hammond, Navigator: Carl Floto (inj), Bombardier: John...

Associated Place

  • Deenethorpe

    Military site : airfield
    Deenethorpe was a base purpose-built for American heavy bombers, with the Class A regulation 2,000 and 1,400-yard runways. All the buildings on site,such as the accommodation and administrative blocks, were temporary. In December 1943, several local...

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:12:07 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces, Losses of 8th & 9th AFs Vol I by Bishop & Hey pp. 409-10 w/ crew pix, http://www.401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=500

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