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    Default B17 wreckage nr Klosters Switzerland

    Extract from todays Guardian
    The receding ice reveals treasures, including the wreck of a bombardier B17 belonging to the US air force that came to light last year in a valley above Klosters. It was damaged in a raid on Munich in 1944, and crashed on the return leg, killing the pilot and three members of the crew.

    Do we know the circumstances of this aircraft crash.

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    Hello,

    Possibly:

    12-7-1944
    B-17G 42-31552 "My Buddy"
    714thBS/457thBG

    Hit by AAA near Munich and crashed in Schlappintal, Switzerland.

    4 killed, 4 PoW and 1 interned.

    MACR 6926

    http://www.457thbombgroup.org/New/Recollections/My_Buddy/my_buddy.html

    Col.
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    Just a small correction to Col's post.
    The 714th Bomb Squadron was part of the 448th Bomb Group based at Seething with B24 Liberators.
    The 457th BG consisted of the 748th, 749th, 750th and 751st Bomb Squadrons equipped with B17s at Glatton.
    Bill.

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    Dead right Bill. My notes were OK, but l chose to use Joe Baugher's info instead of my own research! Should read: 748thBS/457thBG.

    The following might also be of interest:

    http://www.457thbombgroup.org/Fate/RLF008.HTML

    Thanks, Col.
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    Many thanks Col for your input on this thread
    Chris

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    Think, this aircraft has been known to the public for years. Just see here, but take care of the pop-ups!

    http://swissinternees.tripod.com/42-31552.jpg

    http://swissinternees.tripod.com/


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    There are photographs taken in 1995, of some of the wreckage still on the mountain. These can be seen on the 457th's Association website.

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    We continue to work on reconstructing the Cockpit section of that B-17 with pieces we have been collecting from the Crash site over the last 20 years.

    Here is a link to a short Swiss National TV Report. In Swiss German language though. It is located at a Museum Switzerland open between April and October.

    http://www.srf.ch/play/tv/schweiz-ak...ab&startTime=0

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