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Siddown Hill

Crash site

Detailed history

On 5 May 1945, 7 members of the 92nd Bomb Group boarded B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 44-8436) nicknamed "Fort Worth Jail House" on a non-operational flight over the UK. The aircraft became lost in bad weather and ended up crashing into trees at Siddown Hill, Hampshire. 6 of the 7 on board the aircraft were killed in the incident.

Siddown Hill in Hampshire lies in the grounds of Highclere Castle, which serves as the location of the historic house in 'Downton Abbey'. Lady Canarvon who owns the house, excavated the radio compass from the aircraft in January 2018. She intends to create a memorial commemorating airmen from America, New Zealand and the UK who died in aircraft crashes in the grounds of the castle.

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People

  • Jacob Buikema

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight engineer | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Assigned to 326BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. 33 x missions. Hit trees on Sidown Hill in B-17 44-8436 and crashed. 5-May-45. Killed in Action (KIA) Awards: AM (4OLC), PH.

  • John Duffy

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Assigned to 326BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. 33 x missions. Hit trees on Sidown Hill in B-17 44-8436 and crashed. 5-May-45. Killed in Action (KIA) Awards: AM (4OLC), PH.

  • William Dutton

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Assigned to 326BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. 33 x missions. Hit trees on Sidown Hill in B-17 44-8436 and crashed. 5-May-45. Killed in Action (KIA) Awards: PH.

  • Reginald Hammond

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Assigned to 326BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. 35 x missions. Hit trees on Sidown Hill in B-17 44-8436 and crashed. 5-May-45. Killed in Action (KIA) Awards: DFC, AM(OLC), PH.

  • Daniel Minkon

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Assigned to 326BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. 33 x missions. Hit trees on Sidown Hill in B-17 44-8436 and crashed. 5-May-45. Killed in Action (KIA) Awards: PH.

  • Leonard Nitti

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Assigned to 326BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. 30 x missions. Hit trees on Sidown Hill in B-17 44-8436 and crashed. Sole survivor from crash. 5-May-45. Returned to Duty (RTD) Awards: AM, PH, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Robert Sprout

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Assigned to 326BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. 33 x missions. Hit trees on Sidown Hill in B-17 44-8436 and crashed. 5-May-45. Killed in Action (KIA) Awards: AM (3OLC), PH.

Aircraft

  • 44-8436 Fort Worth Jail House

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    On May 5th 1945, just three days before the end of World War II, seven young men climbed into a B-17 from 326th Squadron and took off from RAF Podington. 1st Lt Reginald Hammond, 1st Lt Robert Sprout, 2nd Lt William J Dutton, T/Sgt Jacob Buikema, S/Sgt...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 May 2019 11:47:28 Emily Created entry with name, latitude, longitude, history, person associations and aircraft associations
Sources

https://www.ladycarnarvon.com/high-above-highclere-january-1st/

https://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/98303

Narrative provided by AAM users to aircraft page https://www.americanairmuseum.com/aircraft/17294

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