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St Mary's Church, Ashby, Somerleyton, Suffolk

Crash site

Detailed history

On May 7th, a B-17 crashed across from the church, in Herringfleet. A signal flare had exploded in the plane, igniting others.

April 8th, Lt Judd and Flight Officer Davis were on a routine Air Sea Rescue spotter sortie. On the way home, they engaged in mock combat over Fritton Lake. Their planes colided, and they both came down in the lake.

Memorial erected by the Hon Savile Crossley, Lord Somerleyton.



  • Carl Herrmann

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier
    Killed in AC#42-38053 in a form up accident over the base. on 7 May 1944. Target was Berlin. The plane had flares stored in the top turret and for some reason they exploded and the pilot ordered the crew to bail out The pilot Wright and Raper were...

  • Russell Judd

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 356th Fighter Group
    Russell Judd served as a fighter pilot first with the Royal Canadian Air Force and then with the USAAF. He was with the 56th Fighter Group Nov. 1944-Feb. 1945, then transferred to 5th ERS. This special rescue unit was started in Jan 1945 and based at...


  • 42-38053 Cap'n Crow

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 26/11/43; Wendover 20/12/43; Assigned 457BG Glatton 10/2/44; transferred 349BS/100BG [XR-G] Thorpe Abbotts 21/1/44; soon after t/off to Berlin 7/5/44 with Ralph Wright, Co-pilot: Jack Raper, Navigator: Rich Curran, Bombardier: Carl...


Date Contributor Update
13 March 2015 15:42:11 usxpat Created entry with name, latitude, longitude, history, person associations and media associations

Laurie Atkins