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    Default Damaged Flying Fortress landed at Tangmere after Schweinfurt Raid, 14 October 1943

    The 41 Squadron ORB has an interesting blurb on 14 October 1943, as follows:

    "…members of the Squadron were greatly interested in another Fortress from the same raid that landed at Tangmere. The pilot had been severely wounded and later died in sick quarters – the copilot [sic] landed the machine which had a burst tyre and more holes than a colander. One engine caught fire just as the machine had stopped rolling. This incident did more to promote our good feeling and admiration for the Fortress crews than a hundred articles in the newspaper or talks on the radio."

    The RAF Tangmere ORB adds that this was a Bassingbourn based Flying Fortress and circumstantial evidence suggests it was a Fortress on return from the second Schweinfurt raid. As Joe Baugher's USAAF serials page does not indicate a likely contender, does anyone else know which aircraft and crew this may have been, please?

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    http://brew.clients.ch/41sqnraf.htm

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    Hi Steve,

    I would suggest this website:

    http://www.91stbombgroup.com/

    There are daily reports transcriptions - I was not able to find your case but maybe if you will contact them they will be able to help you.

    Pavel
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    Hi Pavel

    Thanks for that; I've just e-mailed them.

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    Steve
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    Hello Steve

    from "The Mighty Eighth Combat Chronology" by Andrews & Adams :
    B-17 42-29741 of 91st B.G., 324th B.S. (individual letter is quoted as F/D/P, which may denotes the successives ones she carried ?), named "Corn State Terror", returned from Operation, at RAF Tangmere. She may have been regained by the unit on 25 December 1943. No name of crew quoted.

    The supplement doesn't give names either, other that the crew that came down near Nancy in France, but none from the 4 other B-17s which came back to UK damaged and/or with casualties on board.

    You also may try the ABMC database, entering the unit and checking dates.

    Joss

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    Hi Joss

    Thanks for that; I appreciate it. I'll also try your suggestion.

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    Steve
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