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Foxton

Crash site

Detailed history

The crash site of AC 43-38946 DFH, a Second World War American B17 Flying Fortress, bomber aircraft which crashed on 24th December 1944. The aircraft belonging to the United States Army Air Force 91st Bomb Group had taken off from Bassingbourn Airfield , its mission was to attack the airfield of Kirch-Gons in support of the Allied containment of the German Ardennes offensive (known as the Battle of the Bulge). The aircraft crashed in freezing fog conditions into a field at West Hill Farm, Foxton. Although the aircraft was a completely wrecked the crew survived, some were injured and taken to hospital.

The remains of the aircraft were discovered in the course of a geophysical survey of the area, which was part of the evaluation for the St Neots to Duxford gas pipeline. The area had also been used for bombing practice in the Second World War.

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Aircraft

  • 43-38946

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Hunter 20/10/44; Dow Fd 28/10/44; Assigned 324BS/91BG [DF-H] Bassingbourn 12/12/44. ...

Missions

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 September 2019 11:27:04 Emily Created entry with name, latitude, longitude, history, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Historic England National Monument Record TL 44 NW 80

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