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Reczyn, Poland

Crash site

Detailed history

B-17 43-38150 nicknamed "Giddy" crashed at Reczyn on 3 February 1945, on a mission to bomb Berlin, Germany. After suffering failures of 2 engines the Pilot Si Spiegel decided to fly east, fearing he could not make it back to England due to lack of fuel.

The aircraft made a forced landing, which all of the crew survived. They were not taken Prisoner of War, since the Germans had evacuated the area due to the Russian advance. The crew returned to the UK about a month later.

Some of the locals salvaged parts of the aircraft, and have them displayed in their gardens.

Si Spiegel returned to the site in 2001. In 2003 a small monument was erected to commemorate the crash.

Connections

People

  • John Caffrey

    Military | Corporal | Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 490th Bomb Group
    Crash landed B-17 43-38150 behind Soviet lines at small airfield at Reczyn, Poland, about 50 miles northwest of Warsaw on 3 February 1945. Crew returned to base 17 March 1945. 2 missions.

  • Maurice Carpenter

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 490th Bomb Group
    Crash landed B-17 43-38150 behind Soviet lines at small airfield at Reczyn, Poland, about 50 miles northwest of Warsaw on 3 February 1945. Crew returned to base 17 March 1945. 20 missions.

  • William Hole

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 490th Bomb Group
    Crash landed B-17 43-38150 behind Soviet lines at small airfield at Reczyn, Poland, about 50 miles northwest of Warsaw on 3 February 1945. Crew returned to base 17 March 1945. 27 missions.

  • Salvitor Novarra

    Military | Corporal | Airplane Armorer-Gunner; Waist Gunner; Ball Turret Gunner | 490th Bomb Group
    Crash landed in Poland on 3 February 1945 in B-17 #43-38150. Returned to base 17 March 1945. 28 missions. ...

  • Raymond Patulski

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 490th Bomb Group
    Crash landed B-17 43-38150 behind Soviet lines at small airfield at Reczyn, Poland, about 50 miles northwest of Warsaw on 3 February 1945. Crew returned to base 17 March 1945. 30 missions. Member of Spiegel crew

  • Charles Sandusky

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Togglier | 490th Bomb Group
    Crash landed B-17 43-38150 behind Soviet lines at small airfield at Reczyn, Poland, about 50 miles northwest of Warsaw on 3 February 1945. Crew returned to base 17 March 1945. 27 missions.

  • Si Spiegel

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 490th Bomb Group
    Si Spiegel served as a pilot with the 849th Bomb Squadron of the 490th Bomb Group, flying missions out of Eye, England. ...

  • Frank Stockton

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 490th Bomb Group
    Crash landed B-17 43-38150 behind Soviet lines at small airfield at Reczyn, Poland, about 50 miles northwest of Warsaw on 3 February 1945. Crew returned to base 17 March 1945. 28 missions.

  • Dale Tyler

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 490th Bomb Group
    Crash landed B-17 43-38150 behind Soviet lines at small airfield at Reczyn, Poland, about 50 miles northwest of Warsaw on 3 February 1945. Crew returned to base 17 March 1945. 25 missions.

Aircraft

  • 43-38150 Giddy

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 30/6/44; Kearney 11/7/44; Dow Fd 20/7/44; Assigned to 490 BG Eye 21/7/44. ...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
05 February 2020 11:20:15 general ira snapsorter Created entry with name, latitude, longitude, person associations and aircraft associations
Sources

Information provided by Jacek Kalwa.

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