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Bocking B-17 Memorial

Crash site

Detailed history

B-17 44-8198 was on a sightseeing trip to Germany two days after VE Day when it collided with 44-8813 over Braintree, Essex on 10 May 1945. A memorial to the 11 men who died in the crash was unveiled at River Mead, Bocking, Braintree on 10 May 2015. Some of the wreckage from the crash is now owned by the museum at Ridgewell.

Connections

People

  • Merrill Blanck

    Military | Staff Sergeant | 379th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA)

  • Wagner Crane

    Military | Master Sergeant | 379th Bomb Group
    KIS

  • Jerome Geers

    Military | Technical Sergeant | 379th Bomb Group
    Killed in a mid-air collision while on a sightseeing tour of damaged Europe. 44-8198 was on a sightseeing trip to Germany two days after VE Day when it collided with 44-8813 over Braintree, Essex on 10 May 1945.

  • Leslie Lusk

    Military | Sergeant | 379th Bomb Group
    Killed in a mid-air collision while on sightseeing tour of damaged Europe. He is memorialised at the site of the crash in Bocking, Essex.

  • Paul Messina

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    Flew on last 379th flight on 25 April 1945 to Pilsen. Killed in mid-air collision while on a sightseeing tour of damaged Europe.

  • George Miller

    Military | Corporal | Ground Crew | 379th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA). Passenger on B-17G #44-8198 which collided with a second B-17 over Braintree, Essex England. All 11 men on board died.

  • Irving Nussbaum

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) in a mid-air collision while on a sightseeing tour of damaged Europe at Braintree England

  • Thomas Piers

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    KIS killed in a mid-air collision while on a sightseeing tour of damaged Europe at Braintree England.

  • William Powell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Killed in mid-air collision on sightseeing tour of Europe. Died as a result of a B-17 mid-air collision over Braintree, Essex England. All 11 men on board died.

  • Wallace Walker

    Military | Technical Sergeant | 379th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA)

Aircraft

  • 44-8198

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    44-8198 was on a sightseeing trip to Germany two days after VE Day when it collided with 44-8813 over Braintree, Essex on 10 May 1945. ...

  • 44-8813

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 5/1/45; Hunter 12/1/45; Grenier 7/2/45; Assigned 526BS/379BG H2X Kimbolton 21/2/45; mid air coll with 44-8198 over Braintree, Ex, UK 10/5/45 with Elliott Porter; Salvaged 11/5/45.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
05 November 2015 15:06:47 Lucy May Created entry with name, latitude, longitude, history, person associations and aircraft associations
Sources

Added after correspondence with Tony Lynch, the Bocking B-17 Researcher and memorial organizer.

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