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    Default B-50 46-060 loss October 1949

    Dear All,

    I am trying to find out more about the loss of B-50 40-060 which was lost near Isleham on the 13th October 1949.

    Do any members know if there will be a detailed crash report/file and how I can access it? While it was a USAF aircraft, one of the crew was an RAF airman who was on the aircraft for some reason, so I was also wondering if there might be an RAF file covering the incident.

    Any help at all would be great,

    Johnnie

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    Default Re: B-50 46-060 loss October 1949

    Johnnie

    The R.A.F. casualty was Sig.2 David James GARRETT 1579867 of R.A.F. Wyton:

    https://veterans.mod.uk/roll-of-hono...?SerialNo=R903

    There was an article in the Newmarket Journal from 2009, which is still available via the WayBackMachine website here:

    http://web.archive.org/web/201610180...ction-1-550792

    Regards

    Simon

    EDIT - a newspaper article reporting Garrett's death appeared in the Banbury Advertiser of October 19th 1949, and it records that he was "attached as signaller to the United States crew who lost their lives in the accident."

    The Banbury Press of October 20th 1949 has a lengthy article, including a photo of Garrett, and reported that he was attached to USAF Lakenheath. He had joined the R.A.F. in 1942 aged 17, and after training in South Africa had served in 149 Squadron. He had recently transferred to 138 Squadron at Wyton. His brother was an observer in the Fleet Air Arm, and was lost in 1941.

    https://www.cwgc.org/find-records/fi...ately-garrett/
    Last edited by wwrsimon; 2nd August 2022 at 14:15. Reason: Added article details
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    Default Re: B-50 46-060 loss October 1949

    I guess it would be easier and faster to get a crash report from AFHRA Maxwell.
    https://www.facebook.com/Franciszek-Grabowski-241360809684411/

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    Default Re: B-50 46-060 loss October 1949

    Many thanks for the help so far.

    I've managed to pull quite a few newspaper articles from FMP which help with descriptions, while a number also have photos, but I'm still struggling to pin down the location of the crash and was hoping that a loss report might have more info and photos that might also help.

    I'll try AFHRA and see what they come back with.

    Thanks again for the help so far.

    Johnnie

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    Default Re: B-50 46-060 loss October 1949

    From the pdf


    http://www.islehaminformer.org.uk/Im...rmer201110.pdf

    https://web.archive.org/web/20160811...rmer201110.pdf


    "Aerial view of the crash site to the north of Beck Road and east of Sheldrick’s Road"

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    Default Re: B-50 46-060 loss October 1949

    11 Americans Killed

    Major George Howard Ingham, Pilot and Operations Officer 65 BS 43 BG, Cal
    First Lt John Ashworth ] Dryer Jr, Pilot, Mo
    First Lt Robert Harley Short, Navigator, Pa
    First Lt Roger Morris Stannard, Pilot, Ia
    First Lt Robert Welch Chatfield, Radar Operator, NY
    Tech Sgt Harold Scott Morin, Flight Engineer, Ky
    Tech Sgt Delmas Francis Bise, Gunner Cali
    Tech Sgt Paul Prentis Butler Jr, Bombardier, Ariz
    Staff Sgt Arthur Leslie Gilbreath, Radio Operator, Cali
    Staff Sgt Julius Virgil Odegard, Gunner, Minn
    Staff Sgt Robert Charles Williams, Gunner, Fla

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    Default Re: B-50 46-060 loss October 1949

    Very informative find, Paul. Hope you will forgive the thread creep, but I was fascinated to read the following article describing the use of energy meters to reduce electricity bills - nothing is ever new.

    Brian

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