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    Default Air Sea Rescue May 22nd 1943

    Hi all,

    On the above date No.218 Squadron was tasked with an A/S/R flight, one crew picked up an S.O.S and located fluorescent colouring in the sea. But due to low cloud , less than 500ft the dinghy containing 9 Americans was not found. The squadron found out the following day that the American crew were located and brought ashore by a ASR Launch. Hoping someone could identify the American crew in question.?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Smith View Post
    Hi all,

    On the above date No.218 Squadron was tasked with an A/S/R flight, one crew picked up an S.O.S and located fluorescent colouring in the sea. But due to low cloud , less than 500ft the dinghy containing 9 Americans was not found. The squadron found out the following day that the American crew were located and brought ashore by a ASR Launch. Hoping someone could identify the American crew in question.?

    TIA
    Steve
    Steve,
    I found these two possibilities at AccidentReports.com....
    430521 FIELDS, FLOYD J B-17F 42-29806 THURLEIGH (111), ENGLAND, UK NORTH SEA 368 BS, 306 BG.
    430521 STEPHENSON, GILBERT L B-17F 42-29734 GREAT SALING (485), ENGLAND, UK 54-16N 04-46E, NORTH SEA 337 BS, 96 BG.

    Tony Broadhurst

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    Steve/Tony

    42-29806: crew rescued by the German seaplane and all made p.o.w - http://www.americanairmuseum.com/aircraft/3740

    42-29734: crew all killed in ditching - http://www.americanairmuseum.com/aircraft/3661

    However, possibly 42-29666 'Dearly Beloved' - crew rescued by minesweeper the day after it ditched:

    http://www.americanairmuseum.com/aircraft/3586

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    Simon

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    Hi Steve,

    Could be B-17F #42-29666, 306th BG - Pilot 1st Lt Robert H Smith, ditched in the North Sea 21/5 1943 on a mission to U-boat yards at Wilhelmshaven. 9 crewmembers returned. No MACR.

    No 8th AF missions on 22/5 1943.

    I have a note from a long gone message board about #42-29666.

    "My father was a crew member on the Royal Navy launch which picked up the crew.

    Robert Rushton"

    This statement is different, compared what is mentioned in the Bishop/Hey book.

    Sources: Roger A. Freeman -The B-17 Flying Fortress Story, Cliff T. Bishop - Fortresses of the Big Triangle First, Mighty Eighth Air Force Public Message Board, Bishop/Hey - Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces.

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    Finn Buch

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    Gents,

    My sincere thanks for the information, sorry about the delay in replying.

    Regards

    Steve

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