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    Default Fortress crash 10th January 1944

    Hello All .
    Can anyone help?
    January 11. 1944 ORB 68Sqn RAF ( in Coltishall ) write:
    "One aircraft of A.Flight took part in searches for survivors of ditched Fortresses."
    I am interested about the indentity of the crashed aircraft and the crew.
    (Area: North Sea off the east or south-east coast.)
    I would very much appreciate any information.
    Regards Pavel

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    Hi Pavel

    Would've been American (8th AF) Forts I reckon. 214 Sqn wasn't yet operational on Fortresses in January '44.

    Not this helps a great deal, I'm afraid! : )

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    Default Fortress crash 11th January 1944

    Pavel,
    the fall of Fortresses, the 8th lost 60+ B-17s on this day, 11th January 1944.
    Two are recorded as ditching in the North Sea:

    42-37824 447BG Rattlesden MIA Oschersleben 11/1/44 P. R. Fouts, CP. D. Lionadakis, N E.Park, B. J.Kidd, E/TTG W. Wilmurth, RO. W. Trobaugh, BTG E. Hill, WG. J. Curby, WG. L. Szurleys, TG. C. Harris (10RTD)
    Ditched in North Sea after attack by fighter set no. 3 engine on fire, broke in half almost immediately and sank. RAF Hudson found and circled until ASR picked crew up and took to Great Yarmouth, Norfofk. No MACR.

    42-3504 339BS/96BG [QJ-F] Snetterton MIA Kiel 11/1/44 P. R. Ford, CP. C. Kizer, N. A. Hunter, B. J. McGlynn, E/TTG. B. Milling, RO. A. Crowell, BTG. E. Raight, WG. G. Tyminski, WG. G. Lowery, TG. B. Kritchunas (10KIA)
    Ditched in North Sea after attack by enemy fighter; another B-17 signaled rescue launch but all were lost. MACR 2376.

    Sean.

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    Default Fortress crash 11th January 1944

    Hi Sean, Hi Ian
    Thank you very much for your help. This is the right track.
    42-3504 339BS/96BG [QJ-F] is the way to go.
    Ragards Pavel

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    Hello,

    You will find a comprehensive account of the combat, ditching and rescue of the crew of 42-37824 "Miss Boo", here:

    Dinghy Drop:279 Squadron at War 1941-1946.
    Docherty,Tom.
    Barnsley:Pen & Sword Aviation,2007.
    pp.89-93

    Col.

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    Hello Col.
    Thanks for the information.
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    Pavel

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    Really unusual Fortress accident 11th January 1944

    "Meat Hound" B-17F-55-BO s/n 42-29524
    Originally assigned to 423rd BS, 306th BG, 8th AF. Transfered to 358th BS, 303rd BG, 8th AF on July 30,1943.
    Lost on the January 11,1944 mission to Oschersleben,Germany. They were jumped by fighters over Durgerdam,Holland and the plane was badly shot up. The crew bailed out over Holland but the pilot remained with the aircraft and managed to limp her back to a fighter base at Metfield.

    Crew on last mission:
    1stLt. Jack W. Watson - pilot (RTD)
    2ndLt. Clayton C. David - copilot (Evaded)
    2ndLt. John G. Leverton - navigator (POW)
    2ndLt. Vance R. Colvin - bombardier (KIA)
    S/Sgt. Samuel L. Rowland - engineer/top turret gunner (KIA)
    S/Sgt. Harry Romaniec - radio operator (POW)
    Sgt. Eugene R. Stewart - left waist gunner (POW)
    Sgt. William H. Fussner - right waist gunner (KIA)
    Sgt. Fred H. Booth - ball turret gunner (KIA)
    Sgt. Roman P. Kosinski - tail gunner (POW)
    All KIA crewmembers landed in Amsterdam Bay and drowned.

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